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CUA Confers Honorary Degree on German Statesman Bernhard Vogel 


Bernhard Vogel, minister-president of the German state of Thuringia, accepted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The Catholic University of America on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the university’s Life Cycle Institute Auditorium.


Bernhard Vogel, minister-president of Thuringia, accepts an honorary doctorate from the Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., CUA president.

 Minister-President Vogel has had an extensive political career in Germany, serving as a leader in the Christian Democratic Party, as the country’s minister for culture and education, and as president of the Central Committee of German Catholics.


“Dr. Bernhard Vogel’s leadership in the Christian Democratic Party and in the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung [Foundation] makes it particularly appropriate that he be honored by CUA for his efforts to achieve political goals in accord with the Western moral tradition represented by the Catholic Church,” says The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of the university.


Vogel has been minister-president of the German state of Thuringia since 1992. From 1976 to 1988 he was minister-president of the state of Rhineland Pfalz. He also served for two terms as president of the upper chamber of the German Parliament and as vice president of the European Democratic Union.


After accepting his degree, Vogel delivered a lecture entitled “Truth and Politics: Germany at the Beginning of the 21st Century.” His speech and degree citation can be accessed at: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/speeches/03VogelDegreeSpeech.htm and http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/news/03VogelCitationText.htm.





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