Pope appoints Filipino Dominican priest to Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) – Pope Francis has appointed a U.S.-based Filipino Dominican priest and economist as a new member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, CBCP News reported on Wednesday.
Founded in 1994, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences aims to promote the study and progress of social sciences such as economics to help develop the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
The Vatican announced Fr. Albino Barrera’s new role on Tuesday, CBCP News reported.
Barrera, 65, is currently a moral theologian and professor of economics and theology at Providence College in Rhode Island, he said.
He was born in Manila and was ordained a priest of the Dominican Order in 1993, according to the press service.
He studied sacred theology a year later at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC
Barrera began his engineering studies at De La Salle University in Manila, then received his doctorate in economics from Yale University in 1988, he added.
He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of moral theology, economic ethics, development and international trade.
In 2013, he received a master’s degree in sacred theology from the Dominican province of St. Joseph for his “outstanding contribution to theological sciences”.