Rev. Prof. Richard N. Rwiza is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Arusha, Tanzania. He holds a Doctorate (STD) in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2003); Masters in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven (1998); Licentiate in Moral Theology from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya (1992); Advanced Diploma in Theology from St. Paul’s Senior Seminary - Tabora, Tanzania.
He is a Moral Theologian whose research and teaching spheres include: Social Teaching of the Church, Nature and Research in Moral Theology, Bioethics, Living and Promoting Justice and Peace, Ethics of Human Rights and Ecological Ethics. He has notable interest in African Theology. He has supervised ten (10) doctoral dissertations and thirty seven (37) licentiate thesis. Rev. Prof. Rwiza was a Visiting Professor Fellow in the Jesuit Institute, Boston College, USA (August – December 2019). He was a visiting scholar and affiliate staff in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland (2016/2017).
Rev. Prof. Rwiza has an enormous combination of pastoral and academic experience. He has a considerable amount of publications, including 3 books and over 20 book chapters and various articles published in several international and local peer reviewed journals. Prof. Rwiza is a renowned author of a unique work: Ethics of Human Rights: The African Contribution. This publication goes to the root of human rights in the African context in a refreshing manner. It captures the views of some of the original thinkers on the concept, who have been completely ignored in the mainstream human rights discourse. His recent work is, Environmental Ethics in the African Context, This remarkable contribution continues to fill an existing gap in the literature taught in applied ethics courses in the African and Christian contexts.
Rev. Prof. Rwiza is a member of various professional organizations, including: Catholic Theologian Ethics in the World Church, Association of African Theologians (AAT/ATA), Globethics.net. He has also periodically served as Secretary General of the Archdiocese of Arusha (2003-2007) and Head of Department of Moral Theology (2008-2017). He is currently Head of Department of CUEA Press and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
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