Roger Haight

Roger Haight
Born 1936
United States of America
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Christian philosophy, Ecumenism, Theology
Main interests

Roger Haight (born 1936) is an American Jesuit theologian. He is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.


He received his B.A. (1960) and the M.A. in Philosophy (1961) from Berchmans College, Cebu City, Philippines; his S.T.B. from Woodstock College, Maryland (1967); the M.A. in Theology (1969) and the Ph.D. in Theology (1973) from the University of Chicago; and the S.T.L. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Chicago.

Haight was the recipient of the “Alumnus of the Year, 2005” award from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in April, 2006. He taught at the Jesuit graduate schools of theology in Manila, Chicago, Toronto, and Cambridge, MA. He has also been a visiting professor in Lima, Nairobi, Paris, and in the Indian city of Pune. Haight is currently a scholar-in-residence at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

In 2004, the Vatican’s education office barred Haight from teaching at the Jesuit Weston School of Theology in response to questions about his book Jesus Symbol of God (Orbis, 1999). The book is the winner of the 1999 top prize in theology from the U.S. Catholic Press Association. In September 2004, Haight began teaching at Union Theological Seminary, a leading multi-denominational seminary as an adjunct professor of theology. In 2005 he wrote The Future of Christology in response to questions and concerns about Jesus Symbol of God. In January 2009 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) publicly barred Haight from writing on theology and forbade him to teach anywhere, including non-Catholic institutions.

The Vatican objects to Haight’s attempts to separate Christology from Greek philosophical concepts, specifically in relation to the formulation of the mystery of the Trinity, the interpretation of Christ’s divinity and the role of Jesus in salvation. The clarifications Haight provided in 2000 were judged unsatisfactory by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and in January 2001 the congregation proceeded to a formal investigation.


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