Sponsors of the Declaration
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Prof Kathleen Maas Weigert

Dr Kathleen Maas Weigert is the Carolyn Farrell BVM Professor of Women and Leadership at Loyola University, Chicago. She received the BA and MA in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and the PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She has served as research professor of social justice at Loyola since July of 2010. Immediately prior to that she was the executive director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service at Georgetown University, and served as a research professor in sociology and the program on justice & peace. She also held appointments at the University of Notre Dame, where she served as a member of the faculty and associate director for the Center for Social Concerns and was a fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
Professor Maas Weigert is the author or editor of several books, including Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Commentary (2005), America’s Working Poor (1995), and The Search for Common Ground: What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans, which received the 1998 “Award for Excellence in Research” from the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders.
She is a co-recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s 1991 Grenville Clark Award, which is given for “voluntary activities advancing the cause of peace and human rights.” In 2000, she received the University of Notre Dame’s Reinhold Niebuhr Award, which is given to one “whose life and writings promote or exemplify the area of social justice in modern life.”

 

Professor Gary Macy

Dr Gary Macy is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley, Calefornia, USA. Credentials to follow.

 

Professor Vito Mancuso

Dr Vito Mancuso is Professor Emeritus of Contemporary Theology at the University San Raffaele in Milan, Italy. Dr Vito Mancuso is Professor Emeritus of Contemporary Theology at the University San Raffaele in Milan, Italy. He studied theology at the Seminary of the Archbishop of Milan for three years. He studied for a further degree in Naples. While working in publishing he took his doctorate in Systematic theology (1996) from the Pontifical Lateran University. He is a columnist for the newspaper La Repubblica.
In his writings Prof Mancuso proposes a theology from below which seeks to re-interpret the basic teachings of Christianity in a way which sheds light on the experience of today’s world. Among his titles are: Hegel teologo e l'imperdonabile assenza del principe di questo mondo (1996); Dio e l'angelo dell'abisso, ovvero la visione cristiana del mondo (1997); Il dolore innocente. L'handicap, la natura e Dio (2002); Per amore. Rifondazione della fede (2005); L'anima e il suo destino (preface by Carlo Maria Martini, 2007); Disputa su Dio e dintorni (with Corrado Augias, 2009); La vita autentica (2009); Io e Dio. Una guida dei perplessi (2011); Obbedienza e libertà (2012); Conversazioni con Carlo Maria Martini (with Eugenio Scalfari, 2012); Il caso o la speranza.Un dibattito senza diplomazia (with Paolo Flores D'Arcais 2013). He has also produced an audio book La vita autentica, versione audiolibro letto da Vito Mancuso (2010).

 

Vincent Manning

Vincent Manning obtained a Masters in Theology from St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London in 2009. He is currently studying for a PhD in Theology at St. Mary's. His research addresses issues of HIV and AIDS and faith, with an emphasis on the experience of Catholic people living with HIV in the UK. He has a professional background in youth and social work. Involved in HIV and AIDS ministry since the 1980s, he is presently Chairperson of the registered charity, Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS), and a founder member of the HIV peer support ministry Positive Catholics, a lay led community network of Christians living with HIV and AIDS in the UK. Members meet regularly for prayer, support and sharing. He has written "Julian of Norwich and a Pastoral Approach to HIV/AIDS" in The Pastoral Review Vol 7, no 6, 2011, and (with John Thornhill) "Positive Catholics: Extending the bonds of Christian love" in The Universe (November 28th, 2010).
Papers he presented are: "The Revelations of Divine Love: HIV and Pastoral Ministry" (British and Irish Association for Practical Theology Conference (London School of Theology 2011); "Positive Catholics: From peer support to peer ministry" at the Catholic AIDS Conference (Catholic University of America 2012); "The AIDS Crisis and the sex abuse scandal in the church: A comparison of responses" at the European Society of Catholic Theology(St. Marys, Twickenham, 2012.
Manning is a member of the HIV Advisory Group for CAFOD, the official overseas development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and is a contributor to the forthcoming book Like Leaves to the Sun: Prayers from the Iona Community (Wild Goose Publications, due in 2013).

 

Prof Gerard Mannion

Dr Gerard Mannion is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at San Diego University in the USA and Director of its Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture (CCTC). He is an Irish citizen and was educated at Cambridge University (BA, MA Cantab.) and Oxford University (MSt, DPhil, MA Oxon). He served as Lecturer at Westminster College, Oxford; as Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Ecclesiology and Ethics at Trinity and All Saints College, University of Leeds. He was Associate Professor of Ecclesiology and Ethics at Liverpool Hope University, where he was founding director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Ecclesiology, and Co-Director of the Applied Ethics initiative. In 2003 he was a participant in the ‘Teaching the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project’ program at the Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.
Mannion is the editor of the T. & T. Clark publications series, Ecclesiological Investigations and his own publications include the following: . Author, Schopenhauer, Religion and Morality - The Humble Path to Ethics (Ashgate Press 2003); Ecclesiology and Postmodernity – Questions for the Church in our Times (Liturgical Press 2007); Christian Community Now: Ecclesiological Investigation, (with Paul Collins, Gareth Powell and Kenneth Wilson (T&T Clark International 2008). He edited: Readings in Church Authority - Gifts and Challenges for Contemporary Catholicism (Ashgate Press 2003); Catholic Social Justice: Theological and Practical Explorations (with Philomena Cullen and Bernard Hoose, T. &. T Clark/Continuum 2007); The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church (with Lewis Mudge, Routledge 2007); Moral Theology for the 21st Century: Essays in Celebration of Kevin Kelly (with Julie Clague and Bernard Hoose, Continuum 2010);Comparative Ecclesiology: Critical Investigations (T. & T. Clark/Continuum 2008); Church and Religious Other: Essays on Truth, Unity and Diversity (T. & T. Clark/Continuum 2008); The Vision of John Paul II: Assessing his Thought and Influence (Liturgical Press 2008).
Presently, he serves as Chair of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network, is a Senior Research Fellow of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and a Senior Fellow of the Centro per le Scienze Religiose, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy. He has been a consultant adviser on philosophy, theology and ethics to the charity, Porticus UK, since 1996. From 1996-2001, he was a member of the Queen’s Foundation Working Party on Authority and Governance in the Roman Catholic Church.
Mannion has served on the UK Catholic Theology Commission on Social Justice and is a member of CAFOD’s Theological Advisory Group. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the European Society of Catholic Theology, the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology.

 

Dr Judith Martin

Dr Judith G Martin SSJ (Sisters of St Joseph) is lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton (UD), Ohio, USA. She has an MA and PhD from McMaster University and an MA in education and theological studies from Union Theological Seminary in NYC. Since coming to UD in 1980, she has taught courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, dialogue among religions, women and religions, and Introduction to Feminist Theology. She has traveled widely in the East and Middle East. She has served as the director of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Dayton and is currently the executive director of the Ohio Valley Committee on US-Arab Relations.
Dr Martin's publications have been in the areas of women and spirituality, world religions, and religion and politics in the Middle East. Samples are: "Liberating Palestinian Theology- the Need for a Contextual Theology," in Spirituality in the New Millenium, Ursula King, ed. Brighton, England: Sussex Academics press, 2001 (220-233); "Teaching Women and World Religions," Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion (Macmillian, 1998); "Prayer and Meditation in the World's Religions," The Catechist (March, 1999), (42-46).

 

Prof Joseph Martos

Dr Joseph Martos is a retired professor of religion and philosophy living in Louisville, Kentucky, where he divides his time between writing, social activism, and public speaking. He has held full-time teaching positions in Louisville KY, Allentown PA, Cincinnati OH, and Sioux City IA, and he has taught summer courses in over a dozen universities in the United States, Canada and Australia. 
He did graduate study in philosophy and theology at Gregorian University and Boston College, and he earned a doctorate from DePaul University in Chicago, writing a dissertation on Bernard Lonergan’s theory of transcendent knowledge.
Dr. Martos has written classic books on the sacraments: Catholic Sacraments (1983), Sacraments: Seven Stories of Growth (1989) and - the most popular - Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church (1981, more editions).  He has also co-authored four books on spirituality with Fr. Richard Rohr among them: Why be a Catholic? (1990) and The Wild Man's Journey: Reflections on Male Spirituality (1996). He has co-edited two books on Christian history and church practices with sociologist Pierre Hégy: Equal at Creation: Sexism, Society and Christian Thought (1998) and Catholic Divorce: the Deception of Annulments (2006). His book May God Bless America: George W. Bush and Biblical Morality, written just prior to the 2004 election, was on religion and politics. His latest book is: The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study. His current project involves deconstructing Catholic sacramental theology, exposing its conceptual flaws and intellectual instability.
Dr. Martos has a continuing interest in world peace, social responsibility, and ecology.  He has taught courses on Christian ethics and he has been a member of local and national organizations such as Pax Christi, Bread for the World, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Amnesty International.  Dr. Martos and his wife Arden live in a Victorian house in Old Louisville, where they are active members of the neighborhood association.  Both remarried, between them they have eight children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

 

Prof Juan Masiá Clavel

Dr Juan Masiá Clavel SJ studied in Spain at the Pontifical University Comillas in Madrid. In 1968 he moved to Japan where he was Director of the Department of Bio-Ethics in the Institute for Life Sciences at Sophia University in Tokyo. He also was Professor of Theology at the same University. For some years he became Visiting Professor of Philosophical Anthropology at the Pontifical University Comillas in Madrid (1988-1998), and later its full Professor of Bio-Ethics (2004-2006). He lost this post under pressure from Rome on account of his stand for contraceptives. At the moment Profesor Clavel is Researcher at the Interreligious Institute for Peace in Tokyo and Visiting Professor in the Theological Department of Sophia University.
Among his Japanese books we find: Studies about Unamuno and Ortega, Bioethical Issues, Liberation Theology, Anatomy of Morality, The Future of Life and The Philosophy of Life. His books in Spanish include: El animal vulnerable (1997); (with Tomás Domingo Moratalla y Alberto Ochaíta) Lecturas de Paul Ricoeur (1998); Aprender de Oriente (1998); Para Ser Uno Mismo: de la Opacidad a la Transparencia (1999); Respirar y Caminar: Ejercicios Espirituales en Reposo (2001); Caminos Sapienciales de Oriente (2002); Bioética y Antropología (2004); Pruebas Genéticas: Genética, Derecho y Ética (2004); Fragilidad en esperanza. Enfoques de Antropología (2004); La gratitud responsable (2004); (with Santiago Madrigal y Manuel Porras) Ser Humano, Persona y Dignidad (2005) ; Tertulias de bioética. Manejar la vida, cuidar a las personas (2006) and Cuidar la Vida. Debates Bioéticos (2012).

 

Prof Joseph Mattam

Dr. Joseph Mattam, S.J. (1936) is an emeritus professor of theology; holds a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome (1972). He has been on the staff of the theology faculty of Vidyajyoti, Delhi, (1972-1998) and has taught in many regional and national seminaries and theologates in India, Kenya and Bangladesh. He was the founder and dean of the Gujarat Jesuit Regional Theologate (Dean 1978-1985; 1993-1998) and of the Gujarat Regional Seminary (Dean 1998-2001). During the same period, he was a visiting professor at the Regional Theologates at Patna, Ranchi, Madras, Theologates and religious, priests and seminarians; have animated General and Provincial Chapters of Religious Congregations in India and Africa. He conducted various workshops for priests, formation personnel and Bishops.
Professor Mattam published over 150 major articles in various journals. Among his books we find: The Land of the Trinity, Modern Christian Approaches to Hinduism (Bangalore, TPI 1975); Religious Life within a Christian Vision of Reality (Anand, Gujarat Sahitya Prakash 1994); Dimensions of Mission in India (with S Kim (ed), Mumbai, St Pauls 1995); Mission and Conversion-a Reappraisal (with S. Kim (ed), Mumbai, St Pauls 1996); Mission Trends Today, Historical and Theological Perspectives (with S Kim (eds), Mumbai, St Pauls 1997); Ecological Concerns, an Indian Christian Response (with JKavunkal (eds), Bangalore, NBCLC 1998); Blossoms from the East, Contribution of the Indian Church to World Mission (with M. Kirckwin (eds.), Mumbai, St Pauls 1998); Missiological Approaches in India, Retrospect and Prospect (with Kirckwin Marak, Mumbai, St Pauls 1999); In the Shadow of the Cross, Christians and Minorities in India Encounter Hostility (with Reuben Gabriel, Mumbai, St Pauls 2002); Hindutva – an Indian Christian Response (with P Arokiadoss,Bangalore, Dharmaram Publications 2002); Creative Ministries, Exploring New Frontiers in Mission (with Philomena Parackal, St Pauls, Mumbai 2002); Emerging Indian Missiology, Context and Concept (with Joseph Valiamangalam, ISPCK/FOIM, Delhi 2006); Building Solidarity – Challenge to Christian Mission (with J. Valiamangalam, ISPCK, Delhi 2008); Celebration of Life, Rediscovering the Sacraments ( ISPCK, Delhi 2012).
Professor Mattam is a member of Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT), the Indian Association for Missiological Studies (IAMS), the Indian Theololgical Association (ITA) and the Federation of Indian Missiologists (FOIM) of which he is the President.

 

Prof Mary McAleese

Dr Mary Patricia McAleese graduated in Law from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1973 and was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1974. In 1975, she was appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin and in 1987, she returned to her Alma Mater, Queen’s, to become Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. In 1994, she became the first female Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Queen’s University of Belfast.
Professor McAleese is an experienced broadcaster, having worked as a current affairs journalist and presenter in radio and television with Ireland's Radio and Television. She has a longstanding interest in many issues concerned with justice, equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation. Among the offices she has held are: Director of Channel 4 Television; Director, Northern Ireland Electricity; delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Trade and Investment in Ireland and to the follow-up Pittsburg Conference in 1996; member of the Catholic Church delegation in 1996 to the North Commission on Contentious Parades; member of the Catholic Church Episcopal Delegation to the New Ireland Forum in 1984; founder member of the Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas. Last not least, she was elected President of the Republic of Ireland in 1997, and remained in office for two terms (till 2011).
Professor McAleese is well-known for her memorable speeches on issues affecting society and the Catholic Church. The following books by her should be noted: Love in Chaos: Spiritual Growth and the Search for Peace in Northern Ireland (1999); Building Bridges - Selected Speeches and Statements(2011); Quo Vadis?: Collegiality in the Code of Canon Law (scheduled to appear in January 2013).
She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders and was ranked the 64th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. McAleese has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ontago, New Zealand (2007); Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts (2009); and from Fordham University, New York (2010). On 3 May 2007, she was awarded the The American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award. On 19 May 2009, she became the third living person to be awarded the Freedom of Kilkenny. On 30 November 2012, she and her husband received the Tipperary Peace Prize for their work of reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

 

Siobhain McDonagh MP

Siobhain McDonagh MP represents the constituency of Mitcham and Morden in the British Parliament, London, UK. She studied Politics at the University of Essex before becoming a clerical officer for the DHSS between 1981–83, moving on to Housing benefit from 1983–84, then a receptionist at the Wandsworth Homeless Persons Unit from 1984–86, and a housing adviser from 1986–88. Prior to being elected to Parliament she worked as a Development Manager for Battersea Churches Housing Trust from 1988-97. She also served as a councillor on London Borough of Merton for Colliers Wood ward between 1982 and 1998, chairing the Housing Committee between 1990 and 1995.
Siobhain McDonagh was first elected to parliament in 1997 where her particular interests are in health, housing, quality of life, welfare reform. After the May 2005 General Election she served as PPS to Dr. John Reid in his position as Secretary of State for Defence and from May 2006 to June 2007 Secretary of State for the Home Department. She was appointed to the position of Assistant Whip on 28 June 2007 in the re-shuffle brought about by Gordon Brown becoming Prime Minister (til 2010).
Siobhain McDonagh is a committed Catholic who has criticised the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church on a number of occasions. “Priority should be given to the kindness and the pastoral nature of the Church in dealing with people in difficulties rather than always sending down impossible standards of behaviour that we all, whoever we are, sometimes fall short of."

 

Prof Michael McKale

Dr Michael McKale is Professor of Philosophical & Religious Studies and Director of the Institute for Ethics at Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, USA. He obtained a BA from the University of Notre Dame,
an MA at  Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a
PhD at the Graduate Theological Union/University of California at Berkeley. Michael is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Educational Resources in Islamic Studies.
Dr. McKale has published more than 40 articles on various ethical, political, and theological topics. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study World Religions, and has twice received a Saint Francis University Excellence in Education Grant.

 

Professor Charles McMahon

Professor Charles J. McMahon Jr is Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania (BSc 1955) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT: DSc 1963). He held various professorial positions at the MIT and at the University of Pennsylvania (1974-2002). He published many scientific articles. Among his books we find: Introduction to Engineering Materials: The Bicycle and the Walkman (with C.  D. Graham, Jr.1992); Interactive Glossary for Introduction to Engineering Materials (CD-ROM, Merion  Media 1996); Tutorials for Introduction to Engineering Materials (CD-ROMs, Merion Media 2000); Structural Materials (Merion Books 2004); Use of High Strength Steel for Hydrogen Containment (with X. Y. Liu and Jun A. Kameda, 2007).
For many years Professor McMahon took part in parish life "on autopilot" as he calls it, being a reader, Eucharistic minister and member of his parish council. From 2002 he adopted a more critical stand. He joined the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC - presently a member of the Board), the Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), and the American Catholic Council.
Professor McMahon received the following awards and honours: Fellow, American Society of Metals (1974); Champion H. Mathewson Gold Medal (1975);  National Academy of Engineering (1980); Albert Sauver Achievement Award (1981); Pfeil Medal and Prize, Metals Society, London (1982); Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award (1983); Fellow, The Metallurgical Society (1984); S Reid Warren, Jr. Award for Distinguished Teaching (1992);  Alpha Sigma Mu Lecturer, Life Membership in ASM (1998); Charles S. Barrett Silver Medal, Rocky Mountain Chapter, ASM (2001);  Lindback Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania (2001); Albert Sauver Lecturer, Liberty Bell Chapter, ASM (2003); Honorary Membership Japan Institute of Metals (2003); Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award (2004).

 

Professor Carlo Molari

Dr Carlo Molari is Professor Emeritus of Dogmatic Theology in the Lateran, Urbanian and Gregorian Universities in Rome, Italy. Credentials to follow.

 

Dr Angel F. Méndez Montoya

Dr. Angel F. Méndez Montoya, is a Dominican Cooperator Brother from the Province of Saint Martín de Porres, US. He holds a BA in dance, an MA in philosophy, MA in theology, and M.Div., and a PhD in philosophical theology from the University of Virginia. He wrote his dissertation at Cambridge University (UK) as a scholar in residence, and his work was published in 2009 by Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, under the title, The Theology of Food: Eating and the Eucharist.  This work was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize 2011. In 2010 this same book was published in Spanish by Editorial JUS, in Mexico City, under the title, Festín del deseo: hacia una teología alimentaria. He has also published many articles in journals such as Concilium, Wort und Antwort, New Black Friars, Modern Theology, CrossCurrents--among others. He currently teaches theology, philosophy and cultural studies at several universities in Mexico City, and gives lectures primarily in Mexico, Latin America, US, and Europe.

 

Prof Norbert Mette

Dr Norbert Mette is Professor of Religious Pedagogy and Practical Theology at the University of Dortmund in Germany (since 2002). He studied at the University of (Münster (DrTheol 1976) and taught first in (Münster (1973-1984) and Paderborn (1984-2002).
Professor Mette is known for these publications: Praktisch-theologische Erkundungen 2 (Berlin 2007); Glauben-Lernen in der Welt von heute (Würzburg 2007); Einführung in die katholische Praktische Theologie (Darmstadt 2005); Praktisch-theologische Erkundungen (Münster 1998); Religionspädagogik (Düsseldorf 1994); Voraussetzungen christlicher Elementarerziehung. Vorbereitende Studien zu einer Religionspädagogik des Kleinkindalters (Düsseldorf 1983); Kirchlich distanzierte Christlichkeit. Eine Herausforderung für die praktische Kirchentheologie (München 1982); and Theorie der Praxis. Wissenschaftsgeschichtliche und methodologische Untersuchungen zur Theorie-Praxis-Problematik innerhalb der praktischen Theologie (Düsseldorf 1978).
With others he published many works on religious pedagogy: (Ed), Paulo Freire, Pädagogik der Autonomie. Notwendiges Wissen für die Bildungspraxis (Münster 2008); ( Ed), Paulo Freire, Bildung und Hoffnung (Münster 2007); with P. Schreiner, D. Oesselmann und D. Kinkelbur (Ed), Paulo Freire, Unterdrückung und Befreiung (Münster 2007); with G. Adam, R. Englert u. R. Lachmann (Ed), Bibeldidaktik. Ein Lesebuch (Münster 2006); with G. Bitter (Ed), Glauben macht lebendig. Zur Erinnerung an Adolf Exeler (München 2006); with S. Hütte unter Mitarbeit von R. Middelberg u. S. Pahl: Religion im Klassenverband unterrichten (Münster 2003); with E. Gottwald (Ed), Religionsunterricht interreligiös. Hermeneutische und didaktische Erschließungen. Festschrift für Folkert Rickers (Neukirchen-Vluyn 2003); with F. Rickers (Ed), Lexikon der Religionspädagogik 2. Bde. (Neukirchen-Vluyn 2001 (Lizenzausgabe:(Darmstadt 2001)); with H.-M. Gutmann: Orientierung. Theologie. Was sie kann, was sie will, Reinbek 2000); with K. Gabriel und J. Horstmann (Ed), : Zukunftsfähigkeit der Theologie. Anstöße aus der Soziologie Franz-Xaver Kaufmanns (Paderborn 1999); with L. Weckel und A. Wintels (Ed), Brücken und Gräben. Sozialpastorale Impulse und Initiativen im Spannungsfeld von Gemeinde und Politik (Münster 1999); with H. Steinkamp (Ed), Anstiftung zur Solidarität. Praktische Beispiele der Sozialpastoral (Mainz 1997); Religionspädagogik (Düsseldorf 1994); with Chr. Bäumler (Ed), Gemeindepraxis in Grundbegriffen. Ökumenische Orientierungen und Perspektiven (München-(Düsseldorf 1987); with P. Eicher (Ed), Auf der Seite der Unterdrückten? Theologie der Befreiung im Kontext Europas (Düsseldorf 1989); with M. Blasberg-Kuhnke: Kirche auf dem Weg ins Jahr 2.000. Zur Situation und Zukunft der Pastoral (Düsseldorf 1986); with H.-U. v. Brachel (Ed), Kommunikation und Solidarität (Münster 1985); with H. Steinkamp: Sozialwissenschaften und Praktische Theologie (Düsseldorf 1983); with N. Greinacher und W. Möhler (Ed), Gemeindepraxis. Analysen und Aufgaben (München-(Mainz 1979); with A. Exeler (Ed), Theologie des Volkes (Mainz 1978).
He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology of the University of Freiburg / Bresgau (2002).

 

Prof Dietmar Mieth

Dr Dietmar Mieth is Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics and Social Ethics at the University of Tübingen (1981-2008). Previously he had been Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Fribourg (1974-1981).
He published the following books: Limitless self-determination? The will and the dignity of the dying Cologne 2008; The dictatorship of the genes. Biotechnology between feasibility and human dignity (Freiburg 2002); Morality and experience I. Basics of a theological-ethical hermeneutics (Freiburg 1999); Morality and experience II Development of a theological-ethical hermeneutics (Freiburg 1998); Epics and ethics. A theological-ethical interpretation of the Joseph novels of Thomas Mann (Tübingen 1976); Meister Eckhart. Experience of God and walk in the world (Zürich & Munich 1979, 1989, 1991); Ethics in Human Genetics (with Marcus Düwell, (Marburg, 2000.
Professor Mieth works in some ethics committees of national importance. Since 2001, he is a member of the Bioethics Commission of the German Bishops' Conference. Since 2003 Member of the Ethics Committee of the German Ministry of Health. He is since 2003 a member of the Study Commission on Ethics and Law in Modern Medicine of the German Bundestag. Mieth is chairman of the scientific council of the Institute Human, Ethics, Science.

 

Prof Paul Misner

Dr Paul Misner is Professor Emeritus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, USA.Paul Misner studied theology at the Gregorian University, Rome (STL 1962), and the University of Munich, where he was awarded the degree of DrTheol in 1969. He has taught theology at Boston College, with short spells at the University of San Francisco and the University of Cologne.  From 1979 to 2002 he taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he is now professor emeritus of theology.  Dr. Misner has published works principally in ecumenics and in the modern history of Catholicism and theology in Europe.  Papacy and Development:  Newman and the Primacy of the Pope (Leiden:  Brill, 1976) was accompanied by several articles, including “Newman’s Concept of Revelation and the Development of Doctrine,” Heythrop Journal 11 (1970) 32-47; “A Note on the Critique of Dogmas,” Theological Studies 34 (1973) 690-700; “Newman and the Tradition concerning the Papal Antichrist,” Church History 42 (1973) 377-395; “The `Liberal’ Legacy of Newman,” in Newman and the Modernists (ed. Mary Jo Weaver; Lanham, Maryland:  University Press of America, 1985), 3-24; and “Catholic Antimodernism:  The Ecclesial Setting,” Catholicism Contending with Modernity (ed. Darrell Jodock; Cambridge University  Press, 2000), 56-87.  His ecumenical engagement is especially prominent in “Papal Primacy in a Pluriform Polity,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 11 (1974) 239-260; “Das Gespräch über das Papsttum in den USA,” Catholica 30 (1976) 259-268; “In Search of an Ecumenical Primacy:  The Papacy and Bilateral Conversations,” Ecumenical Trends 11 (1982) 113-115; also in Friedrich von Hügel – Nathan Söderblom – Friedrich Heiler, Briefwechsel 1909-1931 (ed. Paul Misner; Paderborn:  Bonifatius, 1981) and “Unilateral Ecumenism.  Söderblom’s Religionsproblemet,” In Verantwortung für den Glauben.  Für Heinrich Fries (eds. Peter Neuner and Harald Wagner:  Freiburg:  Herder, 1992), 131-151.  A third focus is represented by his Social Catholicism:  From the Onset of Industrialization to the First World War (New York:  Crossroad, 1991), along with “The Predecessors of Rerum Novarum within Catholicism,” The Review of Social Economy, 49 (1991) 444-464; “The Emergence of an International Organization of Christian Labour after Rerum Novarum, in The Church Faces the Modern World:  Rerum Novarum and Its Impact (eds. Paul Furlong and David Curtis; Humberside, U.K.;  Earlsgate Press, 1994), 241-256; “Social Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Europe:  A Review of Recent Historiography,” Catholic Historical Review 78 (1992) 581-600; “Christian Democratic Social Policy:  Precedents for Third-Way Thinking,”  European Christian Democracy:  Historical Legacies and Comparative Perspectives (eds. Thomas Kselman and Joseph A.Buttigieg; Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003), 68-92; “Catholic Labor and Catholic Action:  The Italian Context of Quadragesimo Anno,” Catholic Historical Review  90 (2004) 650-674; “The Roman Catholic Hierarchy and the Christian Labor Movement:  Autonomy and Pluralism,” Between Cross and Class:  Transnational Approaches to the History of the Christian Labor Movement in Europe  (Jan De Maeyer et al., eds.; Bern: Peter Lang, 2005), 103-125.
Dr. Misner is a member of the American Catholic Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.  He is the recipient of two Fulbright research grants to Germany in 1975-76 (Marburg) and 1985-86 (Mainz).  He has recently completed the translation into English of the report of the ecumenical Group of Farfa Sabina on “Communion of Churches and the Petrine Ministry:”  Gruppe von Farfa Sabina, Gemeinschaft der Kirchen und Petrusamt.  Lutherisch-katholische Annäherungen (Frankfurt am Main: Lembeck, 2010), pp. 194. 

 

Prof Alan C Mitchell

Dr Alan C Mitchell SJ studied at Fordham University (BA summa cum laude, 1972), Weston School of Theology (MDiv 1979), Yale University (MA 1981; MPhil 1983; PhD 1986). He taught at Yale College and Fairfield University (1980-1983) and at Georgetown University since 1985. He was Associate Director, and later Director, of the Georgetown University Institute on Sacred Scripture (1992-2000). Since 1992 he is tenured Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Georgetown University. He has been abroad on research at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, the Humboldt University in Berlin (1994-1995) and the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge MA (2004). He was Visitng Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin (1996-1997).
Among his books we find Hebrews (The Liturgical Press, 2007; enlarged edition 2009) and Choosing Life: A Dialogue on Evangelium Vitae (ed. with Kevin Wildes, Georgetown University Press 1997). Prof Mitchell has written many book reviews of English and German scholarly works. Samples from his articles and chapters in books are: “Mysticism in the New Testament.” In Julia A. Lamm, ed. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Western Mysticism.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, 105-18); “A Sacrifice of Praise: Does Hebrews Promote Supersessionism?” in Eric F. Mason and Kevin B. McCruden, eds.  Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews. Altanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2011, 251-67); “A Sacrifice of Praise: Does Hebrews Promote Supersessionism?” in Eric F. Mason and Kevin B.        McCruden, eds.  Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews (Altanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2011, 251-67); “Friends Do Not Wrong Friends: Friendship and Justice in 1 Corinthians 6.8,” in Calvin J. Roetzel and Robert L. Foster, eds., The Impartial God: Essays in Biblical Studies in Honor of Jouette M. Bassler (New Testament Monographs 22; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007, 134-44); “Freundschaft” in Kurt Erlemann, Karl Leo Noethlichs, Klaus Scherberich, und Jürgen Zangenberg, eds.,  Neues Testament und Antike Kultur. Band 2: Familie, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft (Neukirchen: Neukirchener Verlag, 2005, 75-78); Translation of Jens Schröter, “Jesus, der Menschensohn, Zum Ansatz der Christologie in Markus und Q”: “The  Son of Man as the Representative of God’s Kingdom: On the Interpretation of Jesus in Mark and Q,” (German to English) in Andreas Schmidt and Michael Labahn, eds.,  Jesus, Mark and Q: The Teaching of  Jesus and its Earliest Records (Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Supplement Series 214; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001, 34-68).
Prof Mitchel is a member of societies such as: Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (2008-now); Society of Biblical Literature (1975-now); The Catholic Biblical Association of America (1986-now); the Editorial Board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly – Associate Editor (1994-98; 1998-2001); Society of Biblical Literature Group on Hellenistic Moral Philosophy and Early Christianity (1991-now) and many others.

 

Prof Albert Moliner

Professor Albert Moliner is Professor of the Philosophy of Ethics and Politics at the National University of Online Education in Spain. Credentials to follow.

 

Bishop William Morris

Bishop William Morris is Emeritus Bishop of Toowoomba in Australia. He studied philosophy and theology at Pius XII Provincial Seminary, Banyo, Australia, and was ordained a priest in 1969. His parish appointments included Sunnybank, Nambour, Mt Gravatt, Goodna and Surfers Paradise. He served as Secretary to Archbishop Francis Rush (1979-1984). When he was appointed the fifth bishop to the vast Diocese of Toowoomba in 1993, he brought with him nearly twenty-five years pastoral, administrative and leadership experience.
Bishop Morris became known for his pastoral leadership and his work with diocesan cases of sexual abuse. Traditionalists objected to his support of the Third Rite of Confession, even though it is mentioned in Redemptor Hominis by John Paul II (1979). The 'Third Rite' is a collective form of reconciliation with a single, general absolution. It includes the continuing obligation on individuals to confess grave sins privately at a later time. In his Advent Pastoral Letter of 2006, Bishop Morris called for discussion of the ordination of married men and the ordination of women to compensate for the lack of priests in his large diocese. This led to interventions by Rome.
On 2 May 2011 the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia announced that the Pope had "removed [Bishop Morris] from pastoral care" of his diocese. On 1 May 2011, Morris had stated in a letter to parishioners of his diocese that "it has been determined by Pope Benedict XVI that the diocese would be better served by the leadership of a new bishop", but that he felt that he was being denied "natural justice". The Bishop explained his position further in a TV interview.

 

Dr Josefa Theresia Münch

Dr Josefa Theresia Münch has a doctorate in theology. She was one of the women auditors at the Second Vatican Council. Credentials to follow.