Professor Juan José Tamayo
Dr Juan José Tamayo studied at the Universities of Comillas (LicTh 1971) and Salamanca (DTh 1976) both in Spain. He also studied at the Instituto León XIII (DipSSc 1972) and the Autonomous University of Madrid (LicPh 1983; PhD 1990). He served as Professor of Theological Anthropology in the Faculty of Theology San Dámaso, Madrid (1973-1975), of Culture and Faith in the University San Pablo (1976-1982), of Political Theology in the University Institute of Theology (1982-1989) and visiting professor of Mount St. Mary' s College, Los Angeles(1991-1993). He directed the workshop "Toward a theology of Liberation in the First World" for the Institute Faith and Secularism (1996-2001). At present he is Professor of Theology and Religion at the University Carlos III of Madrid. At the same time he is Professor at the University of Valencia and visiting professor in other numerous Spanish universities: Cantabria, Valladolid, Cordoba, Castile, Alcalá, Salamanca, Alicante, Menéndez Pelayo, Andalusia, the Rioja, Seville, Pablo of Olavide, Complutense, University King Juan Carlos and the Autonomous University of Madrid. He also held visiting professorships at universities in Europe and Latin America.
Professor Tamayo published numerous books and articles on liberation theology, religious dialogue, human rights, history and church governance. To select a few works from the past 15 years: Invitación a la utopía. Ensayo histórico para tiempos de crisis (Trotta, Madrid, 2012); Otra teología es posible. Pluralismo religioso, interculturalidad y feminismo (Herder, Barcelona, 2011; 2ª ed.: 2012); Cristianismo y laicidad (Editorial Popular, Madrid, 2010); Religión, género y violencia (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Sevilla, 2010); Judaísmo, cristianismo e islam, tres religiones en diálogo (dir.) (Dykinson, Madrid, 2010); El diálogo interreligioso ante los desafíos de nuestro tiempo (ADG-N Libros, Valencia, 2010); Teología de la liberación en el nuevo escenario político y religioso (Tirant lo Blanc, Valencia, 2009; 2ª ed.: 2010); Islam. Cultura, religión y política (Trotta, Madrid, enero 2009; 2ª ed.: abril 2009; 3ª ed.: 2010); Aportación de la teología de la liberación a los derechos humanos (editor and author), (Dykinson, Madrid 2008). ; Bioética y religión (editor) (Dykinson, Madrid, 2007); Culturas y religiones en diálogo (with Mª José Fariñas, Síntesis, Madrid, 2007).; Teología para otro mundo posible (PPC, Madrid, 2006).; Desde la heterodoxia. Reflexiones sobre laicismo, ética y religión (Ediciones El Laberinto, Madrid, 2006).; Nuevo Diccionario de Teología (editor) (Trotta, Madrid, 2005). ; Diez palabras clave sobre derechos humanos (dir.) (Verbo Divino, Estella, 2005).; Interculturalidad, diálogo interreligioso y liberación (editor con Raúl Fornet-Betancourt) (Verbo Divino, Estella, 2005) ; Iglesia y religión en España (with J. Mª Castillo, Trotta, Madrid, 2005); Fundamentalismos y diálogo entre las Religiones (Trotta, Madrid, 2004; 2009, 2ª ed.).; El cristianismo ante los grandes desafíos de nuestro tiempo (Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, 2004) ; Diez palabras clave sobre paz y violencia en las religiones (Verbo Divino, Estella, 2004) ; Aportación de las religiones a una ética universal (Dykinson, Madrid, 2003); Adiós a la Cristiandad (Ediciones B, Barcelona, 2003); Nuevo paradigma teológico (Trotta, Madrid 2003; second edition: 2004); Diez palabras clave sobre globalización (Verbo Divino, Estella, 2002) ; Panorama de la teología latinoamericana (Verbo Divino, Estella 2001; 2002, 2ª ed.). ; Dios y Jesús. El horizonte religioso de Jesús de Nazaret (Trotta, Madrid 2000; 4ª ed.: 2003); Diez palabras clave sobre Jesús de Nazaret (Verbo Divino, Estella 2000; 3ª ed.: 2002; ed. italiana, Citadella, Asís 2002); Teología, pobreza y marginación. Una reflexión desde Europa (PPC, Madrid 1999); Leonardo Boff. Ecología, mística y liberación (Desclée de Brouwer, Bilbao 1999; traducción al portugués).; A las puertas del siglo XXI. Cambios históricos y propuestas éticas (Manantial, Málaga 1999).; Por eso lo mataron. El horizonte ético de Jesús de Nazaret (Trotta, Madrid 1998; traducción al italiano, Citadella, Asís, 2000).; Para comprender la crisis de Dios hoy (Verbo Divino, Estella 1998; 1999, 2ª ed.).; Cristianismo y liberación. Homenaje a Casiano Floristán (Trotta, Madrid 1996).; Cristianismo y sociedad (with J. A. Estrada), Nueva Utopía, Madrid 1995; Los sacramentos, liturgia del prójimo (Trotta, Madrid, 1995; 2ª ed.. 2003); Presente y futuro de la teología de la liberación (San Pablo, Madrid 1994); Iglesia profética, Iglesia de los pobres (Trotta, Madrid 1994; 2ª ed.: 2003); La marginación, lugar social de los cristianos (Trotta 1993; 3ª ed.: 1998).
Professor Tamayo is a member of the editorial board of "Exodus" (Madrid), "Steps" (San José, Costa Rica) and "Franciscanum" (Bogotá) and collaborator of the newspapers EL PAÍS (Madrid), EL CORREO (Bilbao), LA VANGUARDIA and EL PERIODICO (Barcelona). He is cofounder and current Secretary General of the Spanish Association of Theologians and Theologians Juan XXIII; member of the Spanish Society of the Sciences of Religion (SECR); board member of the Spanish Association For Human Rights (APDH); member of the advisory council of the IVth Parliament of World Religions (Barcelona, 2004); Sponsor of the Foundation ATMAN. Dialogue among Civilizations (2004-2007); board member of the Association for Interreligious Dialogue in Madrid (ADIM); and member of the International Committee of the World Forum of Theology and Liberation. He edits the series "Religions" (Synthesis, Madrid) and of the series "Religions and Human Rights" (Dykinson, Madrid).
Professor Tamayo won an International Award of the Republic of Tunisia for his work Islam. Culture, Religion and Politics (Trotta, Madrid, 2009); an Award by the Future Century Foundation for his defence of ethical and civic values; and the Coexistence Award at the First Conference on "Coexistence and Islam".
Professor Faustino Teixeira
Dr Faustino Teixeira obtained his master in theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He is at present Professor in the Sciences of Religion at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Mato Grosso, Brazil. He is also Researcher of the CNPq - Brazil's National Council for Scientific and Technological Development and Consultant of ISER, the Institute for Social and Economic Research (Rio de Janeiro). Among his lines of research three themes can be distinguished: Theology of the Religions, Interreligious Dialogue and Comparative Mysticism.
Dr Teixeira is the author of several books among which: Ecumenismo e diálogo interreligioso (Aparecida 2008); Teologia e pluralismo religioso (São Bernardo do Campo 2012); Buscadores de diálogo (São Paulo 2012). He contributed to works such as: No limiar do mistério (São Paulo 2004); Nas teias da delicadeza (São Paulo 2006); Sociologia da religião (Petrópolis , 2011); O canto da unidade. Em torno da poética de Rûmî (Rio de Janeiro 2007); Catolicismo plural: dinâmicas contemporâneas (Petrópolis 2009); Nos caminhos da mística (São Paulo 2012).
After teaching at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and Holy Úrsula University, also Rio de Janeiro, Prof Teixeira came back to its hometown. There, as professor of Theology of the Department of Sciences of the Religions of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, he also coordinates the Program of Postgraduation in Science of the Religion for master and doctorate studies. He published a great number of articles in foreign and Brazilian magazines, such as the Revista Eclesiástica Brasileira, Convergência e Concilium.
Prof Samuel J. Thomas
Samuel J. Thomas PhD is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, where he was on the faculty for forty-five years between 1966 and 2011. He taught courses in Western European and American intellectual, cultural, political, and religious history. The recipient of several competitive research grants, he has presented numerous conference papers and authored many scholarly essays, chiefly in 19th and 20th century American Catholic history. Here follows a sample of his scientific articles:
“Immanence and Transcendence: John Cardinal Dearden’s Church of Tomorrow", American Catholic Studies, Vol. 121 (Winter, 2010), 1-30;
“Episcopal Authority and Clerical Dissent: Walter J. Burghardt, S.J. and Humanae Vitae", American Catholic Studies, Vol. 119 (Summer 2008), 35-69;
"A 'final disposition one way or another': The Real End of the First Curran Affair," The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 91 (October 2005), 214-242; "Mugwump Cartoonists, the Papacy and Tammany Hall in the Gilded Age," for Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, Vol. 14 (Summer 2004) 213-250;
“In No Sense an Inquisition: Alexander Zaleski and the Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, 1966-1970,” Polish American Studies, LVII (Spring 2000), 55-72;
“Dissent and Due Process after Vatican II: An Early Case Study of American Catholic Leadership,” U. S. Catholic Historian, (Fall 1999), 1-22;
"After Vatican II: The American Catholic Bishops and the 'Syllabus' from Rome, 1966-1968." The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 83 (April 1997), 233-257;
"Portraits of a Rebel Priest: Edward McGlynn in Caricature, l886-l893," Journal of American Culture, Vol. 7 (Winter l984), l9-33;
"Catholic Journalists and the Ideal Woman in Late Victorian America," International Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 4 (January-February l981), 89-100;
The American Press and the Encyclical Longinqua Oceani," Journal of Church and State Vol. 22 (Autumn l980), 475-485.
Professor Margaret Susan Thompson
Professor Dr Margaret Susan Thompson is Professor of History at Syracuse University, USA, where she also holds appointments in the departments of religion,
political science, and women & gender studies. She has an BA from Smith
College, and an MA and PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She has written and spoken extensively on the history of women's religious life
in the United States and serves as a special consultant to the National
Coalition of American Nuns. Her research has taken her to the archives of over
60 congregations across the U.S. Dr. Thompson is also an expert on presidential
and legislative history, and a former American Political Science Association
Her publications include: The "Spider Web": Congress and Lobbying in
the Age of Grant (Cornell University Press, 1985); "Women, Feminism, and
the New Religious History: Catholic Sisters as a Case Study," in Belief and
Behavior: Essays in the New Religious History, ed. Philip VanderMeer and
Robert Swierenga, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1991; Cultural
Conundrum: Sisters, Ethnicity, and the Adaptation of American Catholicism," in Mid-America, 74 (1992): 205-30; "Research on 19th Century Legislatures:
Present Contours and Future Directions", in Legislative Studies
Quarterly, May 1984; reprinted in Handbook of Legislative Research,
ed. Gerhard Loewenberg, et al. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985);
also reprinted in The United States Congress in a Transitional
Era,1800-1841: The Interplay of Party, Faction and Section, ed. Joel H.
Silbey (Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1991), Vol. I [Joel H. Silbey,
co-author]; "Corruption--or Confusion? Lobbying and Congressional Government in
the Early Gilded Age", Congress and the Presidency, Fall 1983; reprinted
in The United States Congress in a Partisan Political Nation, 1841-1896,
ed. Joel H. Silbey (Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1991), Vol. III.
Her upcoming book, The Yoke of Grace: American Nuns and Social Change,
1809-1917 will be published by Oxford University Press.
Prof J Milburn Thompson
J. Milburn Thompson, Ph.D., is professor of Theology at Bellarmine University. He returned to his hometown, Louisville, KY, and came to Bellarmine in 2001. From 1982-2001 he taught Religious Studies at Saint Joseph College (now University of Saint Joseph), in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he received the annual award for excellence in teaching and a Templeton Foundation Award for a new course in Religion and Science. He received his doctorate in Theology from Fordham University, New York City’s Jesuit University.
Dr. Thompson is the author of Introducing Catholic Social Thought (Orbis Books, 2010 ) and Justice and Peace: A Christian Primer (Orbis Books, 1997, revised 2003). Both books received a First Place Award for Educational Books from the Catholic Press Association in 2011 and 1998 respectively. Thompson has also written a booklet Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Dream of a Just Community (Pax Christi USA, 1986) and has published articles in journals such as Concilium, New Theology Review, the Annual of the College Theology Society, and the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies. He has written dozens of refereed articles and popular essays in the areas of moral theology and Christian social ethics, including commentary for Today’s American Catholic. In 2011 he received the Wilson T. Wyatt Fellowship for Academic Excellence from Bellarmine University.
Dr. Thompson has served on the Peace and Justice Committee for the Archdiocese of Louisville and for the Archdiocese of Hartford. He has served on the ethics committees of hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home care agencies.
With his wife, Mary Ann (Associate Professor of Nursing at McKendree University), he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
Professor Teresa Toldy
Professor Teresa Toldy is married and mother of an 11 year old son. She has a PhD in Theology from the Philosophisch-theologische Hochschule Sankt-Georgen (Frankfurt/Germany) on “God and Word of God in the Feminist Theology". She is Professor at Fernando Pessoa University, and researcher at the Center of Social Research (Coimbra University), where she coordinates POLICREDOS (The Observatory on Politics of Cultural and Religious Differences in Southern Europe). Teresa Toldy is also Vice-President of the Ethics Commission of the same University.
Professor Toldy publishes in Portuguese and other languages. A classic book is her Deus e a Palavra de Deus na Teologia Feminista (Lisboa: Edições Paulinas 1998). To highlight just a selection of her academic articles: 'Teologia e Ética', in Anselmo Borges (ed.), E Deus criou a Mulher. Mulheres e Teologia. (Funchal: Nova Delphi 2011, 71-89);
'Um olhar sobre os Estudos de Género em Universidades Privadas', in Pinto, Teresa; Alvarez, Teresa & Cruz, Isabel (ed.), Mulheres e Conhecimento / Women and Knowledge (Vila Franca de Xira 2011, 97-111); with Cláudia Ramos, 'As mulheres em Agustina: uma incursão no imaginário subjacente de A Jóia de Família', in Isabel Ponce de Leão (ed.), Estudos Agustinianos (Porto 2009, 339-346);
'Pós-secularismo', in Observatório de Relações Exteriores da Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (ed.), JANUS - Anuário de relações exteriores, JANUS - Foreign Relations Yearbook (Lisboa 2009, 172-173);
'A Democracia e o Feminino na Igreja', in Anselmo Borges (ed.), Deus no século XXI e o futuro do cristianismo (Porto 2007, 107-123);
'Citizenship and the Bologna Process', in eresa Toldy, Cláudia Ramos, Paulo Vila Maior, Sérgio Lira (ed.), Cidadania(s): Discursos e Práticas / Citizenship(s): Discourses and Practices (Porto 2007, 487-504);
' Elie Wiesel e o silêncio de Deus em Auschwitz', in Patim, Isabel; Toldy, Teresa; Fernandes, Joaquim; Hilário, Fernand (ed.), Literatura e Religião (Porto 2007, 49-60); with Ana Sacau, 'Visibilidade e invisibilidade das mulheres: ditos e não-ditos', in Alcinda Cabral (ed.), Marroquinos na Venda Ambulante (Porto 2007, 109-128);
'A teologia da metáfora de Paul Ricoeur e as teologias feministas', in Silva, Manuela e Henrique, Fernanda (ed.), Teologia e género. Perspectivas, ruídos, novas construções (Coimbra 2006, 81-93);
'Deusa, in Macedo, Ana Gabriela e Amaral, Ana Luísa (ed.), Dicionário da Crítica Feminista. Porto 2005, 35-36.
'Das analoge Verständnis der Rede von Gott - Seine Bedeutung für eine feministische Theologie', in Gäde, Gerhard (ed.), Hören - Glauben – Denken (Muenster 2005, 83-100).
A selection from her recent works in English: “Sisterhood in different voices? Religion, secularism and women rights”, in: Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research 20 (2012) 59-86.; “Secularist Dreams” and “Women’s Rights”: Notes on an “Ambiguous Relationship”. In: RCCS Annual Review: an online journal for the social sciences and the humanities 3, October 2011, p. 1-19.
Professor Toldy is President of the Portuguese Association of Feminist Theologians and member of the ESWTR (European Society of Woman in Theological Research). She is also Vice-President of the Portuguese Association on Women's Studies.
Dr Luiza Etsuko Tomita
Dr Luiza Etsuko Tomita is Lecturer in Theology at UNISAL - the Salesian University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She has an MA in Biblical Studies and a PhD in Systematic Theology from the Methodist University of São Paulo , Brazil. Dr Tomita was lecturer in Biblical theology at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology Our Lady of the Assumption, where she was deputy director and coordinator of the course of Theology for Laity between 1988 and 1991.
At present she is Secretary/Treasurer of EATWOT - the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians. She has been its co-ordinator for Latin America since 2001.
Her publications include I volti del Dio liberatore. Sfide del pluralismo religioso, with Marcelo Barros and José Maria Vigil (2005); Per i molti cammini di Dio. Teologia liberatrice intercontinentale del pluralismo religioso (Vols 1 - 4), with Marcello Barros and José Maria Vigil (2003 - 2006); and Teologia latinoamericana pluralista della liberazione with Marcelo Barros and José Maria Vigil (2010).
Prof David Torevell
Dr David Torevell PhD, MPhil, BA, PGCE, Cert. Ed., is Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Hope University in Liverpool, UK. He is also Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Theology Trust. After seventeen years in secondary and tertiary education, David entered Higher Education to teach theology and religious studies and to train Religious Education teachers at Hope University. His research interests include contemplative spirituality, Christian worship, theology and aesthetics, and Christian education.
Prof Torevell has published the following books: Liturgy and the Beauty of the Unknown: Another Place (2007); Losing the Sacred Ritual and Liturgy (2004); Losing the Sacred: Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform (2001). He edited: with Steve Brie & Jenny Daggers Sacred Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives within Contemporary Contexts (2010); with Marius Felderhof & Penny Thompson Inspiring Faith in Schools: Studies in Religious Education (2007); with Joy Schmack, Matthew Thompson and Camilla Cole Engaging Religious Education - Liverpool Hope University Studies in Ethics (2010); with John Matthews A Life of Ethics and Performance (2011).
Prof Andrés Torres Queiruga
Dr Andrés Torres Queiruga is Professor of Theology in the Teoloxical Institute Compostela and Professor of the Philosophy of Religion in the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He studied at Santiago de Compostela, the Comillas University in Madrid , completing his theses in Rome. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and Theology.
Some of his most important works are: Teoloxía e sociedade (Vigo 1974); Constitución y evolución del dogma: la teoría de Amor Ruibal y su aportación (Madrid 1977); Recupera-la salvación (Vigo 1977); Nova aproximación a unha filosofía da saudade (Vigo 1981); A revelación como maieútica histórica (Vigo 1984); Rolda de ideas (1984); A revelación de Deus na realización do home (Vigo 1985); Creo en Deus Pai. O Deus de Xesús e a autonomía humana (Vigo 1986); Noción religación trascendencia. O coñecemento de Deus en Amor Ruibal e Xavier Zubiri (A Coruña 1990); Recupera-la creación. Por unha relixión humanizadora (Vigo 1996); Fin del cristianismo premoderno. Retos hacia un nuevo horizonte (Santander 2000); Repensar a resurrección. A diferencia cristiá na continuidade das relixións e da cultura (Vigo 2002); Para unha filosofía da saudade (Ourense 2003).
He is a member of the Royal Academy of Galega and of the Council of Galician Culture. He also was a founder and director of the magazine Encrucillada: Cristián Pensamento, and is currently director of the Association Encrucillada. He is a member of the editorial boards of Church Alive , Sal Terrae , the Portuguese Journal of Philosophy and Concilium.
Professor Queiruga received
the National Award for the best translation of the Bible (together with José Fernández Lake, 1990);
the Research Award Losada Diéguez (1996); and the Trasalba Award for his cultural achievements (2003).
Dr John Trumpbour
Dr John Trumpbour is Research Director of the Labor & Worklife Program of Harvard Law School in Cambridge Massachusets, USA. He studied history at Stanford University and later received a PhD from Harvard University. His special interest is in labour issues and social justice worldwide and he serves on the steering committee of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice (CSWJ).
Dr Trumbour is the author of Selling Hollywood to the World: U.S. and European Struggles for Mastery of the Global Film Industry, 1920–1950 (Cambridge University Press 2002) and served as editor of The Dividing Rhine: Politics and Society in Contemporary France and Germany (Berg 1989). He has contributed an array of essays examining the following topics: "Latino contributions to the labor movement" for the book Latinos: Remaking America (University of California Press 2002); "the clash of civilizations thesis" in The New Crusades (Columbia University Press 2003); and the "US culture industry's global dominance" in The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry (Blackwell 2008). In Winter 2007, he served as guest editor of The Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal for its special issue on "The Crisis in Workplace Governance". With John Hogan and Peter Nolan he edited "Labor in the Information Age" for a special issue of Labor History Journal [February 2010.]
Professor Carmelita (Lilith) M. Usog
Dr. Carmelita M. Usog is currently the chair of the Women’s Studies Department of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, and a consultant of the Institute of Women Studies. She finished her undergraduate studies at St. Theresa’s College at Cebu, the Philippines,
earned her MA in Religious Studies major in Women and Religion at the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies in Quezon City. As recipient of the International Women Scholarship of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, she obtained her degree on Doctor of Ministry in 2009. She also teaches Theology courses (Feminist Theology, Women and World Religions, Feminist Spirituality) at the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies (IFRS).
Her doctoral thesis was published as Ugnayan para sa kaginhawahan : Filipino women migrant health workers composing their lives (Catholic Theological Union 2009). She is a regular contributor to the Asian Women’s Theological Journal In God’s Image and the Asian Christian Journal. Typical examples of her publications are: "Sound the trumpet for justice, liberty and freedom" in The Jubilee Challenge: utopia or possibility? (ed. Hans Ucko, WCC Publications 1997); "Doing Theology: Contextualized Theology (God Talk, Women Speak)" in Voices from the Third World (21, 1998, pp. 197ff); "Die Spiritualität von Frauen im Dienst der Gerechtigkeit" in Das Schweigen Brechen (ed. Hyondok Choe & Annette Meuthrath, Herder 2005, pp. 268-282); "Feminization of Poverty As Economic Violence: Theological Perspective", in EWA Archives (June 14, 2009).
Prof Usog has been a member of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT) since 1996. She is presently its Executive Secretary and Treasurer.
Prof Juan Martín Velasco
Dr Juan Martín Velasco is retired Professor of the Phenomenology of Religion at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain, and at the Faculty of Theology San Damaso. He is a priest of the diocese of Madrid. He obtained the doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain (1960). He continued studies in the philosophy of religion and fundamental theology in Paris and Freiburg in Bresgau.
He has been visiting professor at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, and other Spanish universities, such as Complutense, Granada, Alcalá and Foundation Zubiri . He was academic collaborator of the Institute for Faith and Secularism, Rector of the Diocesan Seminary of Madrid (1977-1987), Director of the Pastoral Institute (for 17 years between 1973 and 2003). He provides priestly services to the parish of St Paul de Vallecas in Madrid.
Among his books the following are to be noted: Hacia una filosofía de la religión cristiana. La obra de H. Duméry (Madrid 1970); El encuentro con Dios. Una interpretación personalista de la religión (Madrid 1976); Increencia y evangelización. Del diálogo al testimonio (Santander 1989); El malestar religioso de nuestra cultura (Madrid 1997); Experiencia cristiana de Dios (Madrid 2007); El fenómeno místico, Estudio comparado (Madrid 2009);
with Fernando Savater y José Gómez Caffarena Dios en el universo religioso, en Interrogante: Dios, XX Foro sobre el Hecho Religioso (Santander 1996); Metamorfosis de lo sagrado y futuro del cristianismo (Santander 1999); El hombre y la religión (Madrid 2002); La transmisión de la fe en la sociedad contemporánea (Santander 2002); La experiencia Mística. Estudio interdisciplinar (ed.)( Madrid, 2004); Mística y humanismo (Madrid 2007); Orar para vivir. Invitación a la práctica de la oración (Madrid 2010) ; ¡Ojalá escuchéis hoy su voz! (Madrid 2011); Fijos los ojos en Jesús (with Dolores Aleixandre y José Antonio Pagola, Madrid 2012).
Bishop José Raúl Vera López
Bishop José Raúl Vera López is Bishop of Saltillo in Mexico. was ordained a priest in the Dominican Order. He studied philosophy in Mexico City and theology in Bologna, Italy. He was ordained a priest in the Dominican Order in 1975 by Pope John Paul II. After holding several clerical posts, he was appointed a coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico, in 1987, then of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas in 1995, and full bishop of the Diocese of Saltillo in 1999.
Next to his clerical responsibility, Vera López is an avowed advocate for human rights and social justice. Risking his own safety and life, he has frequently expressed his views against the abuse of power, corruption, the absence of the rule of law and violations of human rights. Furthermore he opposes the fact that, although Mexico is not really a poor country, around 110 million people live below the poverty line. Bishop Raúl Vera’s is engaged in struggles for the rights of indigenous peoples, poor peasants and workers, and the impunity for abuses committed by army and police personnel. Bishop Vera has given voice to prisoners, and criticised how poor people are criminalized. Contrary to the majority of the clergy, he speaks out in support of gays and lesbians as well as prostitutes. He insists that those in positions of power must be held accountable, and emphasizes that vulnerable groups in society must be made aware of their rights. As a vital tool in building awareness and empowerment, he founded Brother Juan de Larios Centre for Human Rights ("Centro Diocesano para los Derechos Humanos Fray Juan de Larios").
Vera López was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. He received several awards, e.g.
the «Don Sergio Méndez Arceo» National Prize for Human Rights (2000);
the «Roque Dalton» Medal (2000);
the Medal of Merit in Mexico City (2007);
the «Samuel Ruiz» Award (2009);
the «Hijo predilecto de Acámbaro» Award (2009) and the "Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize" (2010).
Lecturer José Vico Peinado
José Vico Peinado joined the Claretian Order (CMF). He is currently lecturer in Moral Theology at the Claretian Theological Institute on Religious Life in Madrid, Spain. He has also taught in the Theological Institute for Religious Life, Regina Apostolorum College, and the Diocesan Seminary of Talca-Linares in Chile. He is a frequent speaker on the theology of bio-ethics at international conferences.
Samples of his articles are: "Itinerario en la moral sexual" in Proyección: Teología y Mundo Actual 50 (2003) 25-38; "Jubileo, deuda y globalizacion economica: perspectiva etica" in Religión y Cultura 46 (2000) no 212, 27-44. He wrote the following books: Éticas teológicas ayer y hoy (Madrid 1993); Liberazione sessuale ed etica cristiana: contributi per la vita di coppia
(Madrid 2004); Vivir en la periferia : Un reto para la vida religiosa (Madrid 1997); Profetas en el dolor: la enfermedad vista desde los enfermos (Madrid 1982); El Dios de los débiles (Madrid 2012); Dolor y muerte humana digna: bioética teológica (Madrid 1994).
Fue director el Estudio Teológico Claretiano. Photograph to follow.
Prof Marciano Vidal García
Dr Marciano Vidal García CSSR is retired professor and director of the Superior Institute of Moral Sciences which, since 2008, has been incorporated in the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid, Spain. He was ordained a priest in the Redemptorist Order in 1962. He studied at the University of Salamanca (LicTh in 1964) and the Alfonsianum in Rome (DTheol in 1967). He further studied Clinical Psychology at the University Complutense in Madrid (1969-70). He initiated the Superior Institute of Moral Sciences in Madrid, and between 1973 and 1999 he served 5 terms as its Director. He also held various posts at the University Comillas, including professorship. He taught courses on moral theology at various other universities, colleges and major seminaries.
Professor García is one of the most prolific authors on moral theology in the Spanish language. Among his many books we find (dates of first editions only): Escatología cristiana a la luz del Vaticano II (1965); El comportamiento del apóstol durante la Misión, según las consignas de Mt. 10,8b-16 (1968); Pastoral de la vocación (1968); Moral del amor y de la sexualidad (1971); Moral y sexualidad prematrimonial (1972);
I rapporti prematrimoniali (1973); Moral de actitudes (many volumes & editons: 1974-2000); Cómo hablar del pecado hoy. Hacia una moral crítica del pecado (1975); L’atteggiamento morale (3 volumes and many editions: 1976-1997); El nuevo rostro de la moral. De la “crisis moral” a la “moral crítica” (1976); Moral profesional para A. T. S. (1976); Modelos de una ética cristiana (1977); Moral del matrimonio (1980);
El discernimiento ético. Hacia una estimativa moral cristiana (1980); La educación moral en la escuela. Propuestas y materiales (1981); Ética civil y sociedad democrática (1984); Etica civile e società democratica (1992); Ética fundamental de la vida humana (1984); El camino de la ética cristiana (1985);Familia y valores éticos (1986); Frente al rigorismo moral, benignidad pastoral. Alfonso de Liguori (1696-1787) (1986);
Crisis de la institución matrimonial: hechos, causas, orientación (1987); Bioética. Estudios de bioética racional (1989); Para conocer la ética cristiana (1989); Diez años de teología moral (1980-1989) (1990); Ética de la sexualidad (1991); Diccionario de ética teológica (1991); Opción fundamental y actitudes éticas (1991); Pecado estructural y responsabilidad personal (1991); Retos morales en la sociedad y en la Iglesia (1992); La moral cristiana en el Nuevo Catecismo (1993); La propuesta moral de Juan Pablo II. Comentario teológico-moral de la encíclica “Veritatis Splendor” (1994); ¿Podemos bautizar el capitalismo? Juicio ético al capitalismo (1994); Eutanasia: un reto a la conciencia (1994, 159. ); La ética civil y la moral cristiana (1995); La familia en la vida y en el pensamiento de Alfonso María de Liguori (1696-1787) (1995); Para comprender la objeción de conciencia y la insumisión (1995; El evangelio de la vida. Hacia una cultura ética de la vida (1996); Para comprender la solidaridad: virtud y principio ético (1996);
Moral y espiritualidad. De la separación a la convergencia (1997); Cuestiones actuales de bioética (1998); Un renovador de la moral católica: Bernhard Häring 1912-1998 (1999); 10 Palabras clave sobre moral del futuro (1999);
Feminismo y ética. Cómo “feminizar” la moral (2000); Dios misericordioso y conciencia moral. La propuesta antijansenista de S. Alfonso Mª de Liguori, 1696-1787 (2000); Nueva Moral Fundamental. El hogar teológico de la Ética (2000);
Para orientar la Familia posmoderna (2001); El matrimonio entre el ideal cristiano y la fragilidad humana. Teología, moral y pastoral (2003);
Seducidos por Jesús, solicitados por el mundo. Opción de la Vida Religiosa por la Paz y la Justicia (2004); La espiritualidad de San Alfonso. Proyecto de vida cristiana (2004, 108. ); Orientaciones éticas para tiempos inciertos. Entre la Escila del relativismo y la Caribdis del fundamentalismo (2007);Sexualidad y cristianismo. Orientaciones éticas y perspectivas sobre la homosexualidad (2009); Historia de la Teología Moral. (3 volumes 2010-2011).
Professor José Maria Vigil
Dr José Maria Vigil obtained the Licentiate of Systematic Theology in Salamanca and Rome, the Licentiate of Psychology in Salamanca, Madrid and Managua, and Doctorate in Education in San José, Costa Rica. He was a professor of theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca (CRETA, Zaragoza) and in the Central American University (UCA, Managua, Nicaragua).
He published The Politics of the A-political Church (1975); Spirituality of Liberation, with Pedro Casaldaliga (1992, Burns and Oates, London), which went through 19 editions in 17 countries and 4 languages; Political Holyness (Orbis Books, New York); Even in the Night. Theo-psycological Hypothesis on the Spiritual Hour of Latin America in 1990's. His book Theology of Religious Pluralism (Nijmegen Institute of Missiology, Rodopi)has been published also in Spanish (El Almendro, Córdoba, Spain, and Abya Yala, Quito, Equador), Portuguese (Paulus, Brazil), Italian (Borla, Rome) and German (Tyrolia, Insbruck, Oesterreich). Also with Pedro Casaldaliga, he is the editor of the «World Latin American Agenda», annually published since 1992 in 18 countries and 5 languages. He was executive-secretary of the Latin American Claretian Confederation, CICLA (1996-2002). In the last years is acting also as editor of EATWOT’s theological journal VOICES. He has collaborated strongly with the Koinonia Services and is regular writer in theological Latin American and European theological journals.
Currently he is the coordinator of both the Latin American Theological Commission and the International Theological Commission of EATWOT, Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, with whom he has coordinated the series «Among the Many Paths of God», on the Liberation Theology of Pluralism . He is also member of the International Committee of the World Forum on Theology and Liberation (WFTL).
Dr Evaristo Villar
Dr Evaristo Villar cmf is spokesperson for the 'Redes Cristianas', the Christian Networks, in Madrid, Spain. Credentials to follow.
Prof Francisco Javier Vitoria Cormenzana
Dr Francisco Javier Vitoria Cormenzana is Professor of Theology at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. As a priest of the Diocese of Bilbao in Spain, he received the doctorate of theology from the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia. He is a member of the Diocesan Institute of Theology and Pastoral Studies at Bilbao, holds the chair of Christology in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Deusto, and is Professor at the Faculty of Theology of Northern Spain. He also is visiting professor at the Central University of El Salvador, and editorial board member of Iglesia Viva and Cristianismo y Justicia in Barcelona.
Among his books we find: ¿Todavía la salvación cristiana? Los diseñor soteriológicos de cuatro cristologías actuales: Jesús, el Cristo, El Dios crucificado, Cristología desde América Latina y La Humanidad Nueva (1986); Religion, Dios, Iglesia en la Sociedad Española (1997); Notas teológico-pastorales para la celebración litúrgica de la muerte (2004); El espíritu de Francisco Javier regresa a Europa (2006); Evangelizar bajo la mirada del pobre (2006); and El Dios Cristiano: ¿Que Decimos cuando hablamos de Dio? (2008).