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Loyal Son of the Church, Dr. Bernhard Vogel has demonstrated principled leadership throughout his long career.  Currently serving as Minister‑President for the former East German state of Thuringia, he has held that position since 1992.  Before that, he served as Minister‑President of the Rhineland Pfalz (1976‑1988).  In addition, Dr. Vogel served two terms as President of the Bundesrat (the upper chamber of the German Parliament).   He has served as Vice President of the European Democratic Union (EDU) and as chairman of the Administrative Board of ZDF German Television.  From 1967 to 1976, when he was Minister for Culture and Education, he was regarded as the most authoritative speaker of the German Christian Democrats for issues of educational policy.  At the same time he was President of the Central Committee of German Catholics, defending the right of the Church to fund and maintain its own institutes of education.  He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, for which he served as Chairman between 1989 and 1995.  He was again elected as Chairman in 2002.


His leadership in the Christian Democratic Party and in the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung makes it particularly appropriate that he be recognized and honored by The Catholic University of America.  He is a statesman in the mold of Konrad Adenauer himself, working within the political framework to achieve goals in accord with the Western moral tradition represented by the Catholic Church.  Through the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, he has been supportive of the social mission of the Church.


In view of his professional accomplishment and personal integrity, The Catholic University of America is proud to confer on Bernhard Vogel the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.


Conferred on November 13, 2002

Washington, District of Columbia




Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D.


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