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Pope, Hugh


Scripture scholar and preacher; b. Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, Aug. 5, 1869; d. Edinburgh, Nov. 22, 1946. Educated at the Oratory School under Cardinal newman, Henry Vincent Pope became a Dominican and received the name of Hugh in 1891. After his ordination at Hawkesyard, Staffordshire, in 1896, he became a lector of theology in 1898, and later professor of Scripture at Hawkesyard until his appointment to the same post in the Collegio Angelico at Rome in 1909. In that year he gained the doctorate of Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and in 1911 the master's degree in theology. Returning home, he held, from 1914 to 1920, the priorship of Woodchester, where he began a course of open-air lectures on Christian doctrine that helped to develop the future nationwide Catholic Evidence Guild. From 1920 to 1932 he was in control as regent of Dominican studies in England, and afterward held in succession the priorship of Hawkesyard (193541) and the office of vicar of St. Albert's in Edinburgh, where he died. He was a preacher always in demand and a writer of an immense output, principally scriptural works, of which the chief are The Date of Deuteronomy; Catholic Aids to the Bible, 5 v.; The Layman's New Testament; The Church and the Bible; and The Life and Times of Saint Augustine of Hippo.

Bibliography: k. mulvey, Hugh Pope of the Order of Preachers (London 1954). w. gumbley, Obituary Notices of the English Dominicans from 1555 to 1952 (London 1955).

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