Sponsors of the Declaration
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Father Raúl Nava

Father Raúl Nava Trujillo MG is Third General Councillor of the Missionaries of Guadalupe in Tialpan, Mexico. He studied philosophy and theology at the Intercontinental University, Mexico City. Credentials to follow.

   

Prof Inácio Neutzling

Dr Inácio Neutzling SJ is Founder and Director of the Instuto Humanitas Online (IHU) at UNISINOS University, in São Leopoldo, Brazil. IHU Online is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet. His interests are in philosophy and religion. It is his vision to bring together thinkers who no longer believe in economic growth as a solution to the problems of humanity. The Humanitas Institute is part of a universal network of organizations that advocate an eco-economy, a new way of thinking about the future of humanity that takes into account first of all, the quality of life of all beings that inhabit the planet. The IHU develops its reflection and action from five major guiding principles: Ethics, Work, Sustainable Society, Women and Public Theology.
Among his publications we find: (with Maria Clara L. Bingemer and João A. Mac Dowell) of A Globalização e os Jesuítas: origens, história e impactos (São Paulo: Edições Loyola, 2007); A teologia na universidade contemporânea (São Leopoldo, Editora Unisinos 2005); Bem Comum e Solidariedade (São Leopoldo, Editora Unisinos); Água: Bem Público Universal (São Leopoldo, Editora Unisinos); (with others) Teologia Pública - Em debate. Volume 1. Coleção Teologia Pública Organização (São Leopoldo, Editora Unisinos); (with Maria Clara Bingemer and Eliana Yunes) O Futuro da Autonomia: Uma Sociedade de Indivíduos? (São Leopoldo, Editora Unisinos); (with Paulo Fernando and Carneiro de Andrade) Uma Sociedade Pós-Humana (São Leopoldo, Editora Unisinos).

   

Prof Rui Manuel Grácio das Neves

Prof Rui Manuel Grácio das Neves OP is Professor of Sociology at the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain. He is a theologian, philosopher and sociologist. He obtained a PhD in Theology from the Nossa Senhora de Assunção Faculdade in São Paulo, Brazil, another in the University of Central America in San Salvador and a BA in Sociology from the University of Managua, Nicaragua.
So far he has published six books and many more articles published in magazines on issues of theology and social sciences, as well as analysis of reality in American political magazines. The books are: Dios resucita en la periferia. Hablar de Dios desde América Latina (San Esteban, Salamanca 1991); [with Ana Maria Bidegain] América Latina al descubierto. Más allá de los 500 años, el reto de la solidaridad (IEPALA, Madrid 1992); Utopía y resistencia. Hacia una teopoética de la liberación (San Esteban, Madrid 1994); El Dios de Jesús. Una aproximación crítico-liberadora (Nueva Utopía, Madrid 1995); Introducción a la Filosofía. Antología. Módulo de Filosofía (CIEETS, Managua 1998); El Movimiento de Jesús. Lectura sociológica (Ediciones Abya-Yala, Quito, 2002).

   

Prof Peter Nissen

Dr Peter Nissen studied theology and church history at the Catholic universities of Nijmegen and Amsterdam (Doctorate in Church History, 1988). He lectured in church history at Heerlen, Amsterdam and Nijmegen. He became Professor of Culture at the Catholic University of Brabant at Tilburg (1994-1998), Professor of Church History at the Radboud University at Nijmegen (1998-2008), Professor of the Cultural History of Christianity in Tilburg (2008-2009) and Professor of the Cultural History of Spirituality at the Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen (since 2009).
Among the books he published we find: Heiligheid van dingen (2011); Norbertus van Gennep (2009); Eene zachte aanraking van zijn zieleleven. Over 'ware' en 'valse' mystiek rond 1900 (2008); Wegen en dwarswegen. Tweeduizend jaar christendom in hoofdlijnen (with Nico van den Akker, 4th edition 2009); Vita Radbodi - Het leven van Radboud (with Vincent Hunink, 2004); De Bisschop. Kerkscheidend of kerkverenigend? (edited with B. Jan Aalbers, 2002). He contributed substantially to: Constantijn de Grote (eds. Olivier Hekster and Corjo Jansen, 2012); De paus en de wereld (eds. Frans Willem Lantink en Jeroen Koch, 2012); De moord op Marietje Kessels (2010); Limburgse identiteit (2009); Tussen professie en confessie. Wat geloven theologen? (2008); Heiligen en hun wonderen. Uit de marge van ons erfgoed, van de late middeleeuwen tot heden (eds. Charles Caspers, Peter Nissen, P. Raedts, 2007); De grote stilte (ed. H.J.A. Hofland, 2008).
Professor Nissen is editor of the academic magazine Trajecta. Religie, cultuur en samenleving in de Nederlanden and of Speling. Tijdschrift voor bezinning. He is chair of the editorial board of the series Maaslandse Monografieën and member of the editorial board of the series Bijdragen tot de geschiedenis van het zuiden van Nederland>. He is member of the editorial boards of Ons geestelijk erf (Ruusbroecsociety, University of Antwerp), Novi Monasterii and of the academic series Studia Cartusiana. Since 2010 he is chairman of NOSTER, the Dutch institute for research in theology and the religious sciences and of the Dominican Centre for the study of theology and society. He also presides over the Foundation Sormani Fonds.
Professor Nissen is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, the Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap, the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde, the Koninklijke Zuidnederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis and the Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap. Since 2009 he is a regular contributor to the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw. In 2006 he was decorated as Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion.

   

Prof Joseph Adero Ngala

Dr Joseph Adero Ngala is Associate Professor of International Relations at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of People for Peace in Africa. He studied journalism in St Augustine University, Mwanza, Tanzania. He holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy Doctorate in International Studies from Washington International University.
Dr Adero Ngala served as war correspondent to several magazines including Time Magazine. In 1995 he won the German Shalom Prize for reporting in Rwanda and the Sudan. His articles are published in newspapers such as the National Catholic Reporter (USA) - e.g. "Open Letter to the New Pope" (8 June 2005); the Catholic Herald (UK) and Think Africa Press (Kenya). His book Globalization and Peace Security in Africa (Lambert Academic Publishing 2010; 320 pp.) discusses developments in global security and Africa's role in it. "He describes remarkable, ground-breaking achievements, capturing the complex texture of a rapidly changing continent and moving scenes of unresolved conflict".

   

Prof Stanislaw Obirek

Dr Stanisław Michał Obirek is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Warsaw University. He studied philosophy at the Jesuit College, Cracow, Poland (1978-1980), theology at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology, Naples, Italy (1980-1983) and at the Gregorianum, Rome (1983-1985). He further studied Polish Philology at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow, Poland (MA in 1989). He obtained his Doctor of Divinity at the Pontifical Academy of Theology, Cracow (1994). In 1997 he submitted his habilitation dissertation entitled "The Jesuits in the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania, 1564-1668", in the Faculty of History of the Jagiellonian University. Dr Obirek headed the History and Philosophy of Culture Faculty the at University School of Philosophy and Religious Pedagogy in Cracow, and was Director of its Center of Culture and Dialogue (2000-2005). He was visiting professor at Holy Cross College in Worcester MA, USA (1999), at Saint Louis University (2004) and Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Cracow College (2005). He was Professor at Łódź University (from 2006) and is now at at Warsaw University (from 2013).
Dr Obirek wrote many articles on aspects of human spirituality. Among his books we find: Season of Dialog, What we have in Common? Dialog with Non-believers (2002), Religion A Shelter or a Prison? (2006), On the borders of Catholicism (2008),  Catholicism as a Cultural Phenomenon in the time of Globalization: A Polish Perspective (2009); Winged Mind. Walter Ong’s Anthropology of Word (2010); Liberated Mind. In Search of a Mature Catholicism (2011).
From 1996 – 2001 he was Editor in Chief of the Review “Spiritual Life”.

   

Prof Joseph Stephen O'Leary

Father Dr Joseph O'Leary, a priest of Cork and Ross Diocese in Ireland, is Professor of English Literature at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. He studied literature, theology, and philosophy in Maynooth College, Ireland; the Gregorian University, Rome; and the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. After teaching briefly in the United States (University of Notre Dame and Duquesne University), he moved to Japan in 1983. He has worked in association with the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture and currently teaches English literature at Sophia University and a course on Japanese values at International Christian University. He has a special interest in theology and Western philosophy in their intersection with Buddhism and since 2010 has been Co-Editor of the Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies. He also edits a small journal on missiology published at the Oriens Institute in Tokyo.
Among his publications are: Paul, Origen and Melanchthon on Justification (2008); La verité chretienne a l'age du pluralisme religieux (Paris: Cerf, 1994) also published as Religious Pluralism and Christian Truth (Edinburgh University Press, 1996); and Questioning Back: The Overcoming of Metaphysics in Christian Tradition (Winston/Seabury, 1985). He is also coeditor of Buddhist Spirituality (vols. 8 and 9 of World Spirituality, New York: Crossroad, 1993 and 1999) and Heidegger et la question de Dieu (Paris: Grasset, 1980). He regularly reviews new scholarly books on Buddhism published in several languages in the major Western-language journals.

   

Prof Thomas O'Loughlin

Professor Dr Thomas O'Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology in the University of Nottingham, UK. He studied at University College Dublin (BA Phil), then at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (BD Theol; MA Phil). He became Research Fellow in Dublin (Late Latin and Palaeography) and a Scholar in the School of Celtic Studies of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies which led to his PhD. In 1997 he entered the Dept of Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Wales, Lampeter. His distinctive style of conducting historical theology that focuses on the dynamics of tradition within theology led to him being made the first Professor of Historical Theology in the University of Wales in February 2006; and to the award of a DD by Bangor University in 2010.
Professor O'Loughlin specializes in producing accurate historico-theological analyses, of which he has written hundreds over the past years. By way of example we note just for the one year 2012: Making the Most of the Lectionary: A User's Guide, SPCK London; ‘Adomnán’s Plans in the Context of his Imagining ‘the Most Famous City’, Proceedings of the British Academy 175, 15-40; ‘The library of Iona at the time of Adomnán’. In: R.G. Gameson, ed., The Cambridge history of the Book in Britain (Volume I; c.400-1100), Cambridge University Press. 570-579; ‘Divisions in Christianity: The Contribution of “Appeals to Antiquity”’. In: S. Oliver, K.Kilby and T. O’Loughlin, eds., Faithful Reading: New Essays in Theology and Philosophy, T. and T. Clark. 221-241; ‘A Vernacular Liturgy versus a Liturgy in the “Vernacular”?’, Worship 86(3), 244-255; ‘The Biblical Dimension of Early Medieval Latin Texts’. In: K. Ritari, ed., Method and Genre in the Study of Medieval Texts (in press); ‘The ecclesial value of deacons within the Eucharistic Assembly’, New Diaconal Review (in press); ‘The Prayers of the Liturgy’. In: V. Boland and T. McCarthy, eds., The Word is Flesh and Blood: The Eucharist and Sacred Scripture, Dominican Publications, Dublin. 113-122; ‘Is every translation a vernacular translation?’, New Blackfriars (in press); ‘Jerome’s De uiris illustribus and Latin Perceptions of the New Testament’s Canon’. In: J.E. Rutherford and D. Woods, eds., The Mystery of Christ in the Fathers of the Church, Four Courts Press, Dublin. 55-65; ‘Christian Spirituality in Europe: The Celtic Tradition’. In: Richard Woods and Peter Tyler, eds., The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality, Bloomsbury, London. 304-314; S. Oliver, K. Kilby and T. O’Loughlin, eds., Faithful Reading: New Essays in Theology and Philosophy, T. & T. Clark, London; 'The Derrynaflan Paten: Discovering an Ancient Theology'. In: S. Ryan and B. Leahy, eds., Treasures of Irish Christianity: People and Places, Images and Texts, Veritas, Dublin. 63-66; 'Latina veritas: language a guarantor of truth?', The Furrow 63(7/8), 343-347.
Professor O'Loughlin is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquariesi>; the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; and of the Royal Historical Society.

   

Prof Francis C Oakley

Dr Francis C Oakley is Professor Emeritus of the History of Ideas, and former President, of Williams College, New York. He was educated at Corpus Christi College,Oxford (BA in Modern History, 1953) and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He obtained a PhD in History(1959) at Yale University. After teaching history for two years at Yale, he joined the faculty of Williams in 1961 and was promoted to full professor in 1970 and appointed the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor in the History of Ideas in 1984. He served as the colleges president from 1985 to 1993. A lifelong scholar, Oakley has held visiting research appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. During the academic year 1999-2000, he held the Sir Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professorship in the History of Ideas at Oxford University.
Dr. Oakley has written 75 articles and chapters, and 14 books. Prominent among the latter are his Omnipotence, Covenant and Order: An Excursion in the History of Ideas from Abelard to Leibniz (1984), Community of Learning: The American College and the Liberal Arts Tradition (1992), and The Conciliarist Tradition: Constitutionalism in the Catholic Church 1300-1870 (2003), which was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize in 2004. Professor Oakely is currently working on the third volume of a trilogy with the overall title of The Emergence of Western Political Thought in the Latin Middle Ages (vols 1-2: 2010 & 2012; vol 3: 2014).
Prof Oakley received the honorary doctorate from Notre Dame University and the Newberry Library Award for his outstanding contributions to the humanities (2012). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President Emeritus of Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America and President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies.

   

Prof Anthony T. Padovano

Professor Anthony T. Padovano studied Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome (STD 1962), Philosphy at St. Thomas International University, Rome (MA 1962), and Literature at Fordham University, New York (PhD 1980). He is Adjunct Theology Professor at Fordham University, NY and St. Elizabeth College, NJ; and Summer Visiting Professor at 24 American Universities.
He published numerous articles and 26 books among which: The Estranged God (1966), Belief in Human Life (1969), Dawn Without Darkness (1971), Free to be Faithful (1972), Presence and Structure (1975), The Human Journey: Thomas Merton, Symbol of a Century (Doubleday 1982), Love and Destiny (1987), Conscience and Conflict (1989), Reform and Renewal: Essays on Authority, Ministry and Social Justice (1990), The Church Today: Belonging and Believing (1990), Hope is a Dialogue (1998), Resistance and Renewal (2002) and A Path to Freedom (2011).
He has held many national and international offices. He served as President of CORPUS, the American Association for Married Priests (1988-1998) and is Vice President of the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests (30 countries). He took part in White House and Congressional staff meetings as a consultant. His Lifetime Achievement was read into the Congressional Record of the 104th Congress on May 15, 1995 by Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey.

   

Prof Luis Augusto Panchi

Dr. Luis Augusto Panchi is Professor of Ethics, Jesus Christ and Today´s Person as well as Economic Theory at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). He has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Salvador, Buenos Aires & a PhD from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and did postdoctoral studies in Economic and Business Ethics at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany. He teaches Ethics, Economics and Business at PUCE. He is development projects coordinator at Fundación Banco del Pichincha, Quito, is cofounder and CEO of the educational enterprise Integral Education for the Future, founder of the Institute of Economy, Ethics and Business and rector of the Colegio José María Vélaz-Fe y Alegría in Quito.
Among his publications we find: De ética económica a economía y ética: fundamentos a partir de una racionalidad ético interpretativa, con una aplicación al caso ecuatoriano (Abya Yala 2004) and Jóvenes, Filosofía y Religión (Efimera 1999). He is a member of the European Network of Business Ethics (EBEN), and the German Network for Economic and Business Ethics (DNWE).

   

Prof Joseph Pathrapankal

Dr Joseph Pathrapankal CMI is Emeritus Professor of New Testament, and long-time Vice-President and President at Dharmārām Vidya Kshetram (DVK), Bengaluru, India. A member of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, he holds an MTh (1958) from the Theological Faculty of Pune, India; an LSS (1960) from Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; a TheolD (1970) from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; and an Honorary PhD in Theology from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He was a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Rome (1984 - 1989); Vice President of the Conference of Catholic Theological Institutions (COCTI) from 1987 to 1993; Vice President and President of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore, India, from 1976 to 1985, and Dean of the Faculty of Theology from 1985 to 1991. He has served as President of Theological Publications in India since 1991.
Prof Pathrapankal's books include: Time and History: Biblical and Theological Studies (Wipf & Stock 2005); Christian Programme: A Theological and Pastoral Study of the Sermon on the Mount (Wipf & Stock 2005); Text and context: In biblical interpretation (Dharmaram 1993); Critical and creative: Studies in Bible and theology (Dharmaram 1986); Christian life: New Testament perspectives (Dharmaram 1982); Understanding the Gospels today (Dharmaram 1977); and Metanoia Faith Covenant: A Atudy in Pauline Theology (Dharmaram 1971).

   

Prof Jesús Peláez del Rosal

Dr Jesús Peláez del Rosal is Professor of Greek Studies in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at Córdoba University, Spain. He studied at the University of Granada (MTheol) and the Biblical Institute in Rome (BAScrip). He was a student of the École Française Archéologique Biblique of Jerusalem . He received his PhD in Trilingual Biblical Studies from the University Complutense of Madrid.    
Professor Peláez has written many articles. The books he published include: La Judería y la Sinagoga de Córdoba (1012); Los Libros Sagrados en las grandes religiones (with A. Piñero, 2009); Los Origines del Pueblo Hebreo (2007); Sófocles Hoy (with Laurato Roig Lanzillotta, 2006); Los Judos y Lucena Historia, pensamiento y poesia (2001); El Nuevo Testamento (with A. Piñero, 1995) ; La Otra Lectura de los Evangelicos, vol I & II (2000); Metodologia del Diccionario Griego-Español del Nuevo Testamento;  Para Entender a los Judios (1992); Los Judios en Cordoba - Siglos X-XII (1987);  La Sinagoga (1994); Sobre la Vida y Obra de Maimonides (Actas del I Congreso Internacional, Córdoba 1985); El Divorcio en el Derecho del Antiguo Oriente (ed.); Los Milagros de Jesus en los Evangelios Sinopticos (1984).
Professor Peláez has been a Director of the Epsilon Foundation and President of the Publishers' Association of Andalusia.

   

Professor Richard Penaskovic

Dr Richard J. Penaskovic is Program Director for Religious Studies at Auburn University, Alabama, USA. He studied in Würzburg (MATheol 1968) and at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany (DrTheol 1973). He became a professor in Empire State College (1979-1980), St. Rose College (1980-1984) and finally Professor of Religious Studies in Auburn University (1984 till now).
Professor Penaskovic has published many articles. Samples of his books are: Critical Thinking and the Academic Study of Religion (Atlanta 1997); Theology & Authority: Maintaining a Tradition in Tension (ed., Peabody 1987); Open To the Spirit: The Notion of the Laity in the Writings of J.H. Newman (Augsburg 1973). Chapters in books: “Toward a Definition of Creativity, in Essays on Creativity and Science, edited by Diana M. De Luca (Honolulu 1986); “Cut From the Same Cloth: Merry Del Val & J.Ratzinger",in Modernism: Contexts in History, edited by Ronald Burke et al (Mobile 1987),pp.101-112; “On Taming Your Muse" in A Scholar’s Guide to Academic Journals in Religion (Metuchen 1988); ”The Nexus between Creativity and Critical Thinking” in Critical thinking: Implications for Teaching and Teachers, edited by W.Oxman et al (Montclair 1992).
In the course of the years Professor Panekovic received many awards, such as 'outstanding teacher', 'favorite faculty member', 'favorite educator' and 'favorite professor' by different bodies. He has held many positions with Auburn University, such as Chair of the University Faculty and University Senate (2006-2007). He is a member of various academic Honor Societies.

   

Professor Peter C Phan

Dr Peter C. Phan is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, USA, and is the founding Director of the Graduate Studies Program in Theology and Religious Studies. He has earned three doctorates: Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Universitas Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, and Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Divinity from the University of London.  He has also received  two honorary degrees: Doctor of Theology from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and  Doctor of Humane Letters from Elms College, Chicopee MA, USA. 
Professor Phan began his teaching career in philosophy at Don Bosco College, Hong Kong.  In the United States, he has taught at the University of Dallas, TX; the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, where he held the Warren-Blanding Chair of Religion and Culture; Union Theological Seminary, NY;  Elms College, Chicopee, MA; and St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI.  He is the first non-white to be elected President of the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2010 he was awarded the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor given by the Catholic Theological Society of America for outstanding achievements in theology.  
His publications in theology are wide-ranging.  They deal with the theology of icon in Orthodox theology (Culture and Eschatology: The Iconographical Vision of Paul Evdokimov); patristic theology (Social Thought; Grace and the Human Condition); eschatology (Eternity in Time: A Study of Rahner’s Eschatology; Death and Eternal Life); the history of mission in Asia (Mission and Catechesis: Alexandre de Rhodes and Inculturation in Seventeenth-Century Vietnam) and liberation, inculturation, and interreligious dialogue (Christianity with an Asian Face; In Our Own Tongues; Being Religious Interreligiously).  In addition, he has edited some 20 volumes (e.g., Christianity and the Wider Ecumenism; Church and Theology; Journeys at the Margins; The Asian Synod; The Gift of the Church; Directory on Popular Piety and Liturgy; Christianities in Asia, and The Cambridge Companion to the Trinity).  His many writings have been translated into Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Croatian, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Vietnamese.  He is the general editor of a multi-volume series entitled Theology in Global Perspective for Orbis Books and a multi-volume series entitled Ethnic American Pastoral Spirituality for Paulist Press.  His writings have received many awards from learned societies.

   

Dr Xabier Pikaza Ibarrondo

Dr. Xabier Pikaza Ibarrondo is Professor Emeritus at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He studied at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, the University of Santo Tomas and the Biblical Institute (Rome). He did extended studies at the universities of Bonn and Hamburg, Germany. He gained a Doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca (1965) and a Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of St Thomas in Rome (1972).
From 1972 he taught in the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, full professor 1975 - 1984.. From 1985 to 1989 he did research at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and in other Amercian Universities preparing some publications. From 1989 to 2003 he was tenured Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, teaching Phenomenology of Religion. Since 2003 he left this post because of doctrinal differences and retired to private life with his wife, continuing with research and writing books as well as giving lectures in Spain and America.
Among his publications are some of the following on philosophy and religion: Hombre y mujer en las religiones (Verbo Divino, Estella 1996); Dios como Espíritu y Persona (Secretariado Trinitario, Salamanca 1989); El Señor de los ejércitos. Historia y teología de la guerra (PPC, Madrid ); Sistema, Libertad, Iglesia. Las instituciones del Nuevo Testamento (Trotta, Madrid 201); Monoteísmo y globalización. Moisés, Jesús, Mahoma (Verbo Divino, Estella 2002); Violencia y diálogo de religiones (Sal Terrae, Santander 2004); Palabras de amor (Desclée de Brouwer, Bilbao 2005); and El camino de la paz (Khaf, Madrid 2010). Among his books on Biblical Theology are the following: Guía del Nuevo Testamento. El Apocalipsis (Verbo Divino, Estella 1999); Fiesta del pan, fiesta del vino (Verbo Divino, Estella 1999); Dios es Palabra (Sal Terrae, Santander 2006); Diccionario de la Biblia ( Verbo Divino, Estella 2007); Diccionario de las tres religiones (with V. Haya, Verbo Divino, Estella 2009; Diccionario de pensadores cristianos (Verbo Divino, Estella 2010); El evangelio de Marcos. La buena noticia de Jesús (Verbo Divino, Estella 2012); La historia de Jesús (Verbo Divino, Estella 2013) and Las mujeres en la Biblia Judía (Clie, Terrasa, 2013).

   

Dr Pat Pinsent

Dr. Pat Pinsent is Senior Research Fellow, Roehampton University, London, UK. She acquired the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University of London (1955), an MA at the University of London (1965) and PhD at the University of Surrey (1999). She taught Maths and English in Secondary schools (1955-1967) and English at the Open University (1974-1984). She was Principal Lecturer in English at Roehampton University (1967-1998), then became Senior Research Fellow (1999 till now).
Dr Pinsent wrote and edited many books on children’s literature, including: Children’s Literature and the Politics of Equality (sole author; 1997); Language, Culture and Young Children (1992); The Power of the Page (1993); Pop Fiction: Proceedings from the 5th British IBBY Conference (1999); Books and Boundaries: Writers and Their Audiences (2004); East meets West in Children’s Literature (2005).
Dr Pinsent has been a champion of women's rights in the Church. She was a co-founder and president of Catholic Women's Network and has been the editor of its Quarterly Network since 1984. She published Making Liturgy (with D.McEwan, I.Pratt & V.Seddon, 2001) and wrote articles such as: ‘Catholic Children’s Fiction between 1870 and 1965’ in the Journal of the Children’s Books History Society (no 76, July 2003); `Religious Mystery and Children’s Literature’ in (ed.) A.Gavin & C.Routledge, Children’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (2001); ` “He is not here”(Luke 24,6): Christ’s Resurrection in seventeenth century English poetry’, in (ed.) Stanley Porter, M.Hayes & D.Tombs, Resurrection (1999); ‘Race and Feminism in some recent children’s books’, in Feminist Theology (no 13, Sept. 1996); `Lessons in Love: Girls’ Magazines in the 1990s’, in (ed.) K.Reynolds, Teenage Girls and Their Magazines (1997).

   

Prof Margarita Mª Pintos

Dr Margarita Mª Pintos de Cea-Naharro studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical University Comillas and the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain.  She currently teaches Gender and Religion at the Colegio Alemán in Madrid. 
Professor Pintos has written a number of books.  These include La mujer en la iglesia (1992); Budismo y cristianismo en diálogo (2010), La Educación religiosa en una sociedad pluralista (2011) and Las mujeres en las tradiciones religiosas (in the press). Articles in collective works include: Mujeres y hombres en la construcción del pensamiento occidental; Teología feminista; Ética feminista; Historia de la teología feminista; Ecofeminismo y espiritualidad and María en clave feminista.
Professor Pintos is a Director of the Feminist Theology Workshop which is committed to supporting marginalized  groups within society, such as prisoners and trafficked women. She is involved in care for "La Cañada Real", an area of deprivation within Madrid.  She is currently President of the Association for Interreligious Dialogue of the Community of Madrid (ADIM), developing social gatherings, conferences and publications to learn about different religious traditions present in the city, and encourage citizens to collaborate in working for peace.  She is a member of the Association of Theologians John XXIII.

   

Bishop Pat Power

Dr Pat Power trained for the priesthood at St Columba's College, Springwood, and St Patrick's College, Manly, Australia. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1965 and served in the parishes of Braidwood, Canberra and Goulburn (1965-1972). He studied Canon Law at the Propaganda Fide University in Rome (DCL 1975). On the completion of his studies he served as Archbishop's Secretary (to three archbishops) and director of the marriage tribunal (1975-1985). In 1986 he was ordained bishop by Archbishop Francis Carroll, becoming the fifth Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra–Goulburn. He retired in June 2012.
Bishop Pat Power served on the Australian national bishops' committees for laity, ecumenism, canon law, family and life, social welfare and media. He has also been the secretary of the Committee for Justice, Development, Ecology and Peace and a member of the Australian Social Justice Council. He contribued much to the field of ecumenical and inter-faith relations. He was the first Catholic co-chairman of AUSTARC, the Australian Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue. He served a number of terms as chair of the Council of Australian Churches Together (ACT). Bishop Power also devoted much of his efforts to support the marginalised in society through Catholic Welfare Australia and through local community organizations in Canberra. He has been a strong advocate for the East Timorese and the Palestinian people, for Aboriginal people, for racial respect, for the unemployed and in opposition to abortion and assisted suicide. In 2000, Power chaired a major enquiry into poverty in the Australian Capital Territory.
In various articles, radio interviews and letters to organizations, Power has repeatedly stated that issues such as priestly celibacy, church teaching on sexuality and the role of women in the church must be re-examined and should be discussed with the laity. He has often expressed support for the ordination of married men. "New moral dilemmas began to emerge in the wake of Humanae Vitae in 1968 and the outbreak of the Vietnam War (or at least Australia's involvement in it). The right to question and even dissent, the sanctity of conscience and the whole notion of religious freedom all found expression in the documents of Vatican II." Also: "the Church has retreated from the promising outcomes of the Second Vatican Council". Recently the Bishop expressed his views clearly in a televised interview on ABC television. Bishop Pat Power was declared Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2009.

   

Dr Kim Power

Dr. Kim Power is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia. She studied at the University of Melbourne (BA), Yarra Theological Union (BTheol), Melbourne College of Divinity (MTheol) and La Trobe University (PhD). She has held positions as a Community Development Researcher & Guest Lecturer at various universities: La Trobe University Language Centre, Monash University, Hawthorn Institute and Yarra Theological Union.
Dr Power has given many conference papers and seminars. Some of her publications are: "The Body of Matter or the Matter with Bodies? Christian Attitudes to the Body," in Sex, ed. Carl Wood (1999); "Ambrose of Milan: Keeper of the Boundaries" in Theology Today 55 (1998) 15-34; Heavenly Bodies: The Ambiguity of the Body in Religious Discourse and Practice (1997); "The Rehabilitation of Eve in the De institutione uirginis of Ambrose of Milan" in Religion in the Ancient World: New Themes and Approaches, ed. Matthew Dillon (1997); Veiled Desire: Augustine's Writing on Women (1995); "Body and Gender in the Fathers of the Church" in Hildegard of Bingen and Gendered Theology in the Judeo-Christian Tradition, eds. Julie S. Barton and Constant Mews (1995); "'Sed Unum Tamen…' Augustine and his Concubine" Augustinian Studies 24 (1993) 49-76.
Among her memberships she belongs to American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, Australian Association for the Study of Religion, Women Scholars in Theology and Religion (Australia), North American Patristic Society, International Association for the Study of Patristics, Australian Catholic Theological Association and Catholic Biblical Association of Australia.

   

Prof Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel

Dr Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel is associate professor of Moral Theology at the University of Vienna. He obtained his doctorate at the Institute of Moral Theology at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna (PhD 1997). He was Visiting Professor of Christian social ethics at the Inter-Congregational Theological Center in Manila, Philippines (1998). From 1998 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Commission "Theological Faculties" of the Austrian conference of artistic and scientific staff . He acquired his habilitation in moral theology at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Regensburg (2003) and was for a time Associate Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Regensburg (2003-2004).
Among his publications we find: Befreit zur Verantwortung. Sünde und Versöhnung in der Ethik Dietrich Bonhoeffers (Münster-Hamburg-London 2004); Solidarität - eine Option für die Opfer. Geschichtliche Entwicklung und aktuelle Bedeutung einer christlichen Tugend anhand der katholischen Sozialdokumente (Frankfurt am Main 1998); Gut(e) Theologie lernen. Nord-Süd-Begegnung als theologisches Lernfeld, (mit Maria Katharina Moser und Veronika Prülller-Jagenteufel) (Ostfildern 2009); Damit Menschsein Zukunft hat. Theologische Ethik im Einsatz für eine humane Gesellschaft, (mit Günter Virt; hg. von Gerhard Marschütz und Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel, Würzburg 2007); Forschungskreis Kommunikative Theologie, Kommunikative Theologie. Selbst-vergewisserung unserer Kultur des Theologietreibens (Münster–Wien–Berlin 2006); Zukunft der Theologie - Theologie der Zukunft. Zu Identität und Relevanz der Theologie (eds. mit Konrad Huber und Ulrich Winkler, Wien-München 2001);
In 2004 Prof Prüller-Jagenteufel received the First Prize of the 'Kurt Hellmich-Foundation for Ecumenical Theology' for his habilitation-dissertation: Befreit zur Verantwortung; and the 'Leopold-Kunschak-Prize' for his doctorate dissertation Solidarität - eine Option für die Opfer (1998);
Prof Prüller-Jagenteufel is a member of the Commission for Ecumenical issues of the Archdiocese of Vienna); member of the European Society for Catholic Theology; and member of the International Bonhoeffer Society.