Sponsors of the Declaration
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Prof L. Laeyendecker

Dr. L. Laeyendecker studied philosophy, theology and sociology. His doctoral dissertation concerned religion and conflict. He taught as professor of sociology at the universities of Leiden (1973 - 1989) and Amsterdam.
At various times he was board member and/or president of large organizations, such as the Dutch Anthropological and Sociological Association (NSAV), the Foundation for Pure Scientific Research (ZWO), the Foundation for Research in Theology and Religion (STEGON), the Commission on Spirit, Order and Organisation of The World Council of Churches, the wellknown Catholic Social Ecclesiastical Institute in the Netherlands (KASKI), and others. From 1989 to 1992 he was director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Church and Society at Driebergen which focuses especially on problems of the sciences and ethics. He was involved with the Pastoral Council for the Netherlands and sat on the Board of the Acht Mei Beweging.
He wrote classic works on church governance: The Struggle to control charism. Salvation and Power in the Roman Catholic Church (1993) [Dutch: "Om de beheersing van het charisma: Heil en macht in de R.K. Kerk"], Culture at Risk. About modernity, science and religion (1994) [Dutch: "Bedreigde cultuur: Over moderniteit, wetenschap en religie"] and The Last Monopoly of the Roman Catholic Church. Changing Relationships between Clergy and Laity (1999) [Dutch: "Het Laatste Monopolie van de R.K. Kerk. Veranderende Verhoudingen tussen Priesters and Leken"]. Among his other books are: Strategieën van sociale verandering (1978), Orde, verandering, ongelijkheid: Een inleiding tot de geschiedenis van de sociologie (1981), Sociale verandering: Problemen en theorieën (1984) and Experiences and Explanations (1990).


Prof Paul Lakeland

Dr. Paul Lakeland is the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley SJ Professor of Catholic Studies and Chair of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he has taught religious studies, Catholic theology and ecclesiology since 1981. He was educated at Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, Oxford University, the University of London and Vanderbilt University, where he received his PhD in 1981.
Among his publications we find: Church: Living Communion (2009); Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church (2007); The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church (2004); Postmodernity: Christian Identity in a Fragmented Age (1997); Theology and Critical Theory: The Discourse of the Church (1990); Free in Christ: The Challenge of Political Theology (1984); The Politics of Salvation: The Hegelian Idea of the State (1984) and Can Women Be Priests? (1975). His most recent book is Yves Congar: Essential Writings (2010) and he is currently at work on a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s document on the Church, Lumen gentium. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Theological Society and the Catholic Theological Society of America. In the Fall of 2010 he was the Alan Richardson Fellow at Durham University in the United Kingdom.


Prof Julia Lamm

Dr Julia A. Lamm is Associate Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. She received her BA in History and in Philosophy from The College of St. Catherine (St. Paul, Minnesota), and her MA in Religious Studies and PhD in Theology from the University of Chicago. She specializes in the history of Christian thought, the doctrine of God, grace, and Christian mysticism.
She is author of The Living God: Schleiermacher's Theological Appropriation of Spinoza (1996); editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism (2013); and author of several published articles. She is currently writing Forms of Grace in the Western Christian Tradition, and Julian of Norwich on Revelation and Grace, among other projects.


Prof Bernhard Lang

Dr Bernhard Lang is Professor for Old Testament Studies at the University of Paderborn, Germany. He studied at Tübingen, Germany (DrTheol 1975); the École Biblique, Jerusalem; and the London School of Economics. He was guest lecturer in Philadelphia, at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the University of St. Andrews where he is Honorary Professor.
Professor Lang wrote the following books: Wie wird man Prophet in Israel? Aufsätze zum Alten Testament (Düsseldorf 1980); with Colleen McDannell: Der Himmel: eine Kulturgeschichte (Frankfurt am Main: 1990 ) Orig.: Heaven: a History (London 1988); Die Bibel (Frankfurt am Main 2004); Die Bibel: Eine kritische Einführung (Paderborn 1994); Die Bibel neu entdecken: Drewermann als Leser der Bibel (München 1995); Jesus der Hund. Leben und Lehre eines jüdischen Kynikers (München 2010); Jahwe, der biblische Gott. Ein Porträt (München 2002); Heiliges Spiel. Eine Geschichte des christlichen Gottesdienstes (München 1998); Editor: Der einzige Gott. Die Geburt des biblischen Monotheismus (München 1981);
Professor Lang is the editorial director of the International Review of Biblical Studies (since 1980). In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate at the Unjiversity of Aarhus in Denmark.


Dr André Lascaris

Dr André Lascaris (Amsterdam, 1939) is a member of the Dominican order. He took a PhD degree in Oxford in 1970 and was a lecturer in Hammanskraal (South Africa), Amsterdam and Nijmegen. He was an editor of the Dutch catholic weekly De Bazuin andinvolved in a peace project for Northern Ireland from 1973 to 1992. Since 1988 he has been a researcher of the Dominican Study Centre for Theology and Society (DSTS) in Nijmegen/Amsterdam.
He has written on a large variety of subjects, including victimhood, living in community and religion in a pluralist society. Some of his recent publications are: 'Op vleugels van vrede', in: Tijdschrift voor Geestelijk Leven 68 (2012), p. 75-83; 'Schillebeeckx in the age  of "The Immanent Framework"', in: Th. Eggensperger, U. Engel, e.a. (eds.), Edward Schillebeeckx. Impulse für Theologien - Impetus Towards Theologies, Ostfildern 2012, 'Slachtoffers staan op', in: M. Elias and A. Lascaris (eds.), Rond de Crisis, Almere 2011; 'Zoals immers het lichaam één is: de inspiratie van Paulus', in: J. Bekkenkamp and J. Verheijen (eds.), Als ik W!J word. Nieuwe vormen van verbondenheid, Almere 2010; 'Healing Europe', in: Bulletin ET 19 (2008); 'Religion and Evil from the Perspective of Mimetic Theory', in: P. van Doorn-Harder and L. Minnema (eds.), Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture. Case Studies, Amsterdam 2008.


Prof Michael Lawler

Michael G. Lawler, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School at Creighton University and Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology at Creighton University. Dr. Lawler joined Creighton as a systematic theologian in 1970. He served as Chair of the Department of Theology several times, as President of the University Faculty twice, and as Dean of the Graduate School from 1985 until 1995. In 1981 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award and in 1997 the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. He retired in 2005.
Dr. Lawler is a highly regarded international theologian in the systematic theology of marriage and family. For over 12 years he directed Creighton’s Center for Marriage and Family, whose studies of marriage preparation, interchurch families, the first five years of marriage, and sexuality education brought international acclaim to Creighton. He is the author of twenty books and more than one hundred fifty scholarly articles.
Along with fellow Creighton Theology professor Todd A. Salzman, Michael G. Lawler was awarded first place for the Catholic Book Award in the theology category by the Catholic Press Association for their book The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology (Georgetown University Press 2008). Two of his other books, Marriage and Sacrament (1993) and Christian Marriage and Family (1996), were awarded Catholic Press Association Prizes for theological education. Other books are: What Is and What Ought to Be: The Dialectic of Experience, Theology, and Church (2005); Marriage and the Catholic Church: Disputed Questions (2002); and Family: American and Christian (1998).
A native of Ireland, Dr. Lawler earned his B.Sc. degree in mathematics and physics at University College, Dublin, his S.T.L. in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and his Ph.D. degree in systematic theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Before coming to Creighton he held faculty appointments at St. Joseph College, Nairobi, Kenya, and Holy Ghost College, Dublin.


Prof Michel Lejeune

Dr Michael Lejeune is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Virtual University of Uganda and Strategic Advisor Finance and Administration at the same institution.
Michel studied in Ottawa and Louvain where he obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law in 1967. For some years he worked in Mbarara diocese, Uganda, where he was at one point Notary to the Ecclesiastical Tribunal. In 1975 he was transferred to Ggaba National Seminary in Kampala, where he taught Canon Law, Liturgy and Pastoral Theology.  At the same time he lectured on Medical Ethics and Law at Makerere University where, in 1979,  he set up the Institute of Medical Ethics and Law.
He returned to Europe in 1982 and taught at Dundee University (Faculty of Law), Louvain-la Neuve University (Faculty of Theology and Canon Law) and Fribourg University, Switzerland (Faculty of Theology).  He was also Judicial and Episcopal Vicar for juridical affairs of the archdiocese of Brussels-Malines from 1988 to 1993.
In 1992 he was asked to return to Uganda to set up Uganda Martyrs University, the first Catholic University in Uganda, where he became the first Vice Chancellor until he retired in 2006.  The same year he became Deputy Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education in Uganda, where he was responsible for Quality Assurance in Uganda's Universities.  He held this position until the end of 2010. It is then that he started work as co-founder of the Virtual University of Uganda, the first Virtual University in Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Lejeune is now assisting international organizations in matters of assessing universities and working on the evaluation of inter-institutional agreements for African Universities and other institutions throughout the world.


Dr Roger Lenaers

Dr Roger Charles Lenaers SJ obtained his doctorate in ancient Latin and Greek at Louvain University, Belgium. He specialised on the didactics of teaching these languages, producing 30 publications. Meanwhile, as a theologian he taught religion in highschools and in teacher training colleges. His special interest went out to questions about faith emerging from modernity and secularization, modernity understood as the western ideology that had emerged during the Enlightenment as a consequence of the modern sciences and humanism.
This led, from the year 2000, to some ground-breaking new theological works. Nebuchadnezzar's Dream or The End of a Medieval Catholic Church and Exit from ancient Christian Myths, first published in Flemish (2002), soon appeared in German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English (under one title). Other books followed: Al is er geen God in de Hoge ("Even if there is no God on High"; 2009), Das Papsttum als Stein des Anstoßes – was können wir tun? (lecture series, Linz 2009) and Op verkenning in een nieuw Land ("Exploring a new country"; 2011).


Dr Bernard Linares

Dr Bernard Linares studied in Tangiers, Gibraltar, Osterley (UK) and Rome where he obtained the doctorate in theology at the Gregorian University. As a young priest he served as chaplain to the Young Christian Workers in Gibraltar (1963-1972). He resigned from the priestly ministry and received a dispensation to marry (1976). He became full-time Branch Officer of the Transport & General Workers Union (1972-1974) and full-time General Secretary of the Gibraltar Workers Union (1974). Later he served in secondary education, becoming headteacher of Bayside Comprehensive School (1988-1994).
Meanwhile he held posts in official bodies in Gibraltar, such as: Secondary Education Commission, Education Ordinance Commission, Youth Welfare Council, Labour Advisory Board, Religious Adviser Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation, Catholic Marriage Advisory Council and the National Curriculum Advisory Committee.
He was elected to Parliament as a member of the Gibraltar Social Democrats. He became a Minister of the GSD Government (1996-2007) carrying ministerial portfolios at different times for Education, Culture, Youth, Disability Care and Health Care. He was assigned particular responsibilities for civic affairs (Moroccan immigrants, Ombudsman, Citizens Advice Bureau, Consumer Affairs). He was a member of the Gibraltar negotiating team for the new Constitution (concluded in 2006) and a Gibraltar Government delegate in the Comision Mixta de Cooperacion with Spain.
Among his most known publications and conferences we find: “Cardinal Wiseman and Seville” (The Venerabile, 1961); “The Foundation of the English Hospice in Rome in 1362” (The Venerabile, 1962); “De uso politico legis secundum Lutherum” (‘On the political use of the Law according to Luther’)(Pontifical Gregorian University, 1962); “Authority in Religion; A Study of Anglican Theology”  (Pontifical Gregorian University, 1963); “Pastoral Care: Towards a Systematic Approach”  (Education Department, 1985);  “The Concept of ‘Trasumanar’ in Dante’s Paradiso” (Dante Alighieri Society, 1998); “Gibraltar and Its People; A Philosophical Enquiry” (Millennium Lectures, 1999); “Culture and Urban Regeneration” (Impact Conference, Liverpool, 2002); “Gibraltar Más Allá Del Contencioso” (Altea Conference, Diputación de Cádiz, 2002);  “The YCW and the Labour Movement in Gibraltar” (Heritage Journal, 2008); “Theology and all that” (Philosophical Society, 2010).
In 2010 Dr Linares received the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour, the highest honour Gibraltar can bestow on its citizens.


Dr Eleazar López Hernández

Dr Eleazar López Hernández is researcher and author on the theology of Indigenous Peoples. He studied at the Seminary of Xalapa, Veracruz, and at the Higher Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies of Mexico City. He was ordained a priest in 1974. Belonging to the Zapotec people, he became a founding member of the Indigenous Movement of Priests in Mexico (1970) and has taken part in the Indigenous pastoral apostolate of Mexico and Latin America since 1970. He belongs to the national coordinating team to help indigenous missions since 1976, with his main responsibility being in the area of religious identity. He collaborated in the current emergence of indigenous theology in Latin America. He was adviser to the National Mediation Commission (CONAI) to resolve the conflict in Chiapas, Mexico (1994-1997). He was also consultor to the president of the Latin American Confederation of Religious (CLAR) from 2000 to 2003.
Dr López has been a member of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, EATWOT, since 1992, and part of the team of Amerindian Theologians since 1992. He is a founding member of the Ecumenical Association of Latin American Missiologists (2005). He was Vice President of the International Association of Catholic Missiologists, IACM, from 2005 to 2008. He has been a member of the team of experts of the Latin American Bishops Conference, CELAM, regarding Indian affairs since 2006. He has published several articles in theological journals in Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, France, Italy, Germany.


Prof Gerard Loughlin

Professor Gerard Loughlin, BA MA (Wales) PhD PGCE (Cambridge) is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion of Durham University, England. He undertook his doctoral research on the philosophy and theology of John Hick, and under the initial supervision of John A. T. Robinson - at the University of Cambridge. He joined the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle, where he served as Head of Department (1996-2001).In 2004 he joined the Department of Theology & Religion at Durham. His work crosses the borders between theology, philosophy and religious studies which is also the study of cultures.
Among his books we find: Telling God’s Story: Bible, Church and Narrative Theology (Cambridge University Press 1996/1999); Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology (Blackwell 2004); Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body (Blackwell 2007); co-editor with Jon Davies of Sex These Days: Essays in Theology, Sexuality and Society (Continuum 1997). He is co-editor with Elizabeth Stuart and Kent Brintnall of the journal Theology and Sexuality. A forthcoming study of his will deal with Homosexuality and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press 2013).
Professor Loughlin is an Associate European Editor of Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion (and co-chair with David Stubbs of its Christian Systematic Theology Section); the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain (committee member 1993-98); the European Society for Catholic Theology; the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Theology..