Scots College post graduate priest, Fr. Agnelo from the Archdiocese of Goa, India, recently defended his dissertation on the Philosophy of Charles Taylor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
As well as the Seminarians who live at the Scots College, a number of priests from Scottish and other, international dioceses use the College as their base when in Rome to complete further studies.
Fr. Francis Agnelo Pinheiro, of the Archdiocese of Goa, has been staying in the college for 3 years whilst he studying the works of Charles Taylor, the Canadian born philosopher. The defence, on Wednesday 5th October, saw Fr. Agnelo present on his dissertation, entitled, The scientific mentality and secularity in the philosophy of Charles Taylor” before facing questions from a panel of three scholars from the university. Fr. Agnelo answered all the questions in full and after a brief pause for the panel to deliberate over the proceedings, the trio confirmed Fr. Agnelo had successfully defended his work and obtained his doctorate.
The new doctor thanked the panel and those in attendance, including the staff and students of the college. Fr. Agnelo extended his thanks to his family in Goa, who he hasn’t seen since leaving in 2013, former Scots College rector, Mgr. John Hughes and the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, who have supported him throughout his studies.
Following the defence, a small reception was held in the foyer of the main building at the Pontifical Gregorian University.