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Juan Carlos Scannone

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Juan Carlos Scannone SJ
BornSept 2, 1931
Buenos Aires, Argentina
DiedNovember 27, 2019
San Miguel, Pca Buenos Aires, Argentina
OccupationCatholic Moral Theologian
Known forTheology Professor to Pope Francis

Juan Carlos Scannone, SJ (2 September 1931[1] – 27 November 2019),[2] was an Argentine Roman Catholic Jesuit priest.

Scannone entered the Society of Jesus in 1949. His academic career began in 1956 when he completed his studies of philosophy at the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.[3] He obtained a doctorate in theology with a thesis written in Innsbruck, directed by Karl Rahner, and one in philosophy with a dissertation on Maurice Blondel, presented at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany.[4]

Scannone was an instructor in the Jesuit Seminary of San Miguel in Argentina. There, he was one of the main teachers of Jorge Bergoglio, who later became Pope Francis. Arguably, few theologians influenced Francis as much as Scannone.[5][6] The pope refer to Scannone's work in his encyclical letter of 2015, Laudato si'.[7] Scannone was also the leading Argentine formulator of the theology of the people, which is somewhat related to the philosophy and theology of liberation, or liberation theology.[clarification needed] The principles of the theology of the people articulate a strong embrace of Christianity, coupled with locally initiated non-paternalistic ways to help the poor. This Argentine current of liberation theology, which greatly influenced Bergoglio, has other exponents such as Lucio Gera [es] and Rafael Tello [es].[8]


  1. ^ Emilce Cuda: El profesor del Papa Francisco. Murió Carlos Scannone. In: Página/12, 28 November 2019
  2. ^ "Décès du père Juan Carlos Scannone, figure de la "théologie du peuple" - Vatican News". 28 November 2019.
  3. ^ Fischer, Maria (6 December 2019). "The "Pope's Professor" is Dead". schoenstatt.org. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  4. ^ Gilbert, SJ, Paul (5 January 2021). "Juan Carlos Scannone and the Theology of the People". La Civiltà Cattolica. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  5. ^ San Martin, Ines (29 November 2019). "Pope's late teacher says his concept of 'People' just doesn't work in English". Crux.
  6. ^ Harris, Elise. "The theological formation of Pope Francis". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  7. ^ Pope Francis (2015), Laudato si', paragraph 149, accessed 2 February 2024
  8. ^ Bianchi, Enrique Ciro (25 October 2020). La teología de la pastoral popular de Rafael Tello: Para entender las raíces teológicas del Papa Francisco. Independently Published. ISBN 9798553445423 – via Amazon.

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