‘The Catholic Church in America: 2006’



Alejandro Aguilera-Titus


Alejandro Aguilera-Titus is the associate director of the Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A nationally known speaker and writer on pastoral ministry, ecclesiology, and inculturation, he has been a consultant to civic institutions, non-profit organizations and corporations on multicultural issues. Aguilera-Titus staffs the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Spanish-language Bible for America and has been prominent in the Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America.


He is co-author of the series Prophets of Hope (St. Mary’s Press) and contributing editor of Liturgia y Cancin (Oregon Catholic Press). He is a board member of the National Catholic Network for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry and the National Association of Catechists Working with Hispanics.



Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete


Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, a columnist for the New York Times, is a physicist by training. He holds a degree in space science and applied physics as well as a master’s degree in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. He has taught at the John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C., and St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., and from 1996 to 1997 served as president of the Catholic University of Portorico in Ponce. He is a columnist for the Italian weekly Tempi, has written for the New Yorker magazine, and has been Advisor on Hispanic Affairs to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is the Responsible of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation in the United States and Canada.



Francis J. Butler


Francis J. Butler is president of FADICA, Inc., a consortium of some of some 50 private foundations interested in Catholic programs and institutions. Butler has directed FADICA for over 25 years. Prior to his work with FADICA he was Director for Domestic Social Policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He holds degrees from The Catholic University of America and the University of San Francisco. Butler is a trustee of the University of San Francisco, the Mathile Family Foundation, is and a member of executive committee of the Order of Malta - Federal Association.



Simone Campbell


Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service, is a leader, a facilitator, a lawyer and a poet. She is currently the National Coordinator of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, D.C. Her past experience include positions of executive director of JERICHO, an interfaith public policy and advocacy organization in California; founder and lead attorney of a community law center in California; and leadership of her international community



William V. D’Antonio


William V. D’Antonio, visiting research professor of sociology at The Catholic University of America, also is a fellow with the university’s Life Cycle Institute. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in sociology and anthropology from Michigan State University. After two years on the faculty of Michigan State, he joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as assistant professor of sociology. He served as professor and chair of the department there from 1966-71.  He moved to the University of Connecticut in 1971 as professor and chair.  In 1982 he took a leave from Connecticut to become the chief executive officer of the American Sociological Association, where he served until his retirement in 1991.  He received emeritus professor status from the University of Connecticut in 1986.  In 1993 he joined the CUA sociology faculty as a visiting research professor.  He is the co-author of seven books and co-editor of four.  He is currently completing books on American Catholics and on Voice of the Faithful.



David DeLambo


David DeLambo has worked in pastoral planning and research for 17 years. He currently serves as associate director of planning for the Diocese of Cleveland where he staffs diocesan initiatives to cluster, merge and consolidate parishes. In association with the National Pastoral Life Center in Manhattan, David has conducted three national studies of parish ministry. His most recent book, Lay Parish Ministers: A Study of Emerging Leadership, was published in November 2005. He has a bachelor’s degree in religion and economics from Denison University (Ohio), and a Ph.D. in sociology of religion from Fordham University.



William D. Dinges


William D. Dinges, associate professor of theology and religious studies at The Catholic University of America, also is a fellow of the CUA Life Cycle Institute. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and has published articles in Sociological Analysis, U.S. Catholic Historian, Religion and American Culture, America, Commonweal and in other journals. He was a contributor to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Fundamentalist Project. Dinges is also co-author of Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001). He is currently working on a book on the experience of the Mass among American Catholics.       



E.J. Dionne Jr.


E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of Why Americans Hate Politics — winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize and a National Book Award nominee — They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era, and Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps and the Politics of Revenge. He is the editor or co-editor of many other books, including the Pew Forum Dialogues on Religion & Public Life. Dionne graduated from Harvard University and received his doctorate from Oxford. He lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife and their three children.



Rev. Robert Duggan


Rev. Robert Duggan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He has a doctorate in Theology from The Catholic University of America and a Licentiate from the Gregorian University in Rome. Currently a associate fellow with the CUA Life Cycle Institute, he served as Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, Md., for 20 years. Father Duggan has spoken and published widely in the area of sacramental and liturgical renewal and has been active for many years in the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.



Mary Pat Fox


Mary Pat Fox, president of Voice of the Faithful, is a member of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in New York City, N.Y.  She is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vt. She has always been an active parish member serving as a lector, parish council member, CCD teacher and chairperson of a parish capital campaign.  Fox works full-time in the field of human resources and has also had a successful career in sales, sales management, finance.  Her work with VOTF is focused on encouraging the laity to take on greater responsibility in the governance and guidance of the Church.



Mary Gautier


Mary Gautier (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. Before coming to CARA, Gautier taught sociology at Louisiana State University and Texas Christian University. At CARA, Gautier specializes in Catholic demographic trends, manages databases, and conducts demographic mapping. She edits The CARA Report, a quarterly research newsletter, and other CARA publications. She is co-author of two books on Catholicism published by Orbis Books. She is currently working on a book about American Catholic laity with William D’Antonio, Dean Hoge and James Davidson.



John C. Green


John C. Green is senior fellow in religion and American politics at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. He is also a distinguished professor of political science at the University of Akron, and past director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.


Co-author of The Diminishing Divide: Religions Changing Role in American Politics (2000), The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy (1997), and Religion and the Culture Wars (1996), he has also published several edited collections on religion and politics, as well as more than 60 scholarly articles and some 35 essays in the popular press.


Green is a frequent analyst for the national media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, NPR, CNN, ABC and CBS.



Congresswoman Melissa Hart


Congresswoman Melissa Hart represents the Fourth Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is the first woman Republican to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is currently serving her third term in office and is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee that has jurisdiction over a wide range of issues such as taxes, Social Security and Medicare.


Congresswoman Hart was also the sponsor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act which was signed into law by President Bush in 2004. The legislation, also known as Laci and Conner's Law, stipulates a perpetrator can be charged with two crimes if he commits violence against a pregnant woman that also harms the unborn child.


Prior to first taking office in Congress in 2001, Hart served in the Pennsylvania Senate for 10 years. A native of Allegheny County, the congresswoman earned her bachelor's degree from Washington & Jefferson College and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.



Dean Hoge


Dean Hoge, a fellow of the CUA Life Cycle Institute and professor emeritus of CUA’s Department of Sociology, earned a B.D. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.  After teaching for five years at Princeton Theological Seminary, he joined the faculty of Catholic University in 1974.  Since that time he has been a Professor of Sociology, specializing in the sociology of religion, both Catholic and Protestant.  His most recent books are The First Five Years of the Priesthood (2002), Evolving Visions of the Priesthood (co-authored, 2003), Pastors in Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry (co-authored, 2005), and International Priests in America (co-authored, 2006).


Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, S.T.D.


Monsignor Kevin Irwin, S.T.D., is dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies and the Walter J. Schmitz Chair in Liturgical Studies at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of 14 books including Liturgical Theology: A Primer (Liturgical Press, 1990), Context and Text (Liturgical Press, 1994), a three-volume commentary on the liturgical seasons, Advent-Christmas, Lent and Easter (Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 1985-91) and Responses to 101 Questions on the Mass (Paulist, 1999). His most recent book, Models of the Eucharist, was published in July 2005 by Paulist Press. He is the author of more than 50 articles and 60 reviews in theological journals.



Luis E. Lugo


Luis E. Lugo became the director of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in January 2004. Prior to joining the Pew Forum, he served as the director of the religion program at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, a position he held for seven years. Before joining the Trusts, he was a professor of political science for more than 12 years, teaching courses in international relations, Latin American politics and religion and public policy. After studying at the University of Memphis (B.A.) and Villanova University (M.A.), he earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Chicago. Among his published works are several edited volumes, including Religion, Public Life and the American Polity and Sovereignty at the Crossroads? Morality and International Politics in the Post-Cold War Era. A native of Cuba, he is listed in Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans. He is married and has three children.



Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick


Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick is archbishop emeritus of Washington and the former chancellor of CUA. He was ordained to the priesthood in New York City in 1958. Later he earned a Ph.D. in sociology. He served as president of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, then secretary to Cardinal Terence Cooke of New York. In 1977 he was ordained bishop, and served in New York, Metuchen, N.J., and Newark, N.J. In 2001 he was named Archbishop of Washington, then to the College of Cardinals. He has traveled extensively, studying human rights problems. He is on the Board of Catholic Relief Services and on several Vatican Committees.



Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.


Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., is the 14th  President of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  He has a doctorate in canon law from CUA.  Prior to his current position at CUA, he was associate vice president and academic dean at St. John’s University, N.Y. and interim academic vice president at Niagara University, N.Y.  He also has served as an ecclesiastical judge, canonical advisor, and seminary professor.  Father O’Connell possesses degrees in moral theology and philosophy as well.  He has been a nationally recognized spokesperson for Ex Corde Ecclesiae and its implementation



Timothy J. Romemer


Until 2003, Timothy J. Roemer represented the Third District of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives. He took leadership on balancing the federal budget, reforming elementary and secondary public education and improving the affordability of higher education.  Since leaving Congress in 2003, Roemer has continued to work on national security as president of the Center for National Policy.  He is a distinguished scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  He holds a Ph.D. in American government from the University of Notre Dame. He received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.



Robert Royal


Robert Royal is president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. His books include: The God That Did Not Fail, The Pope’s Army, 1492 And All That: Political Manipulations of History, The Virgin and the Dynamo: The Use and Abuse of Religion in the Environment Debate, Dante Alighieri and The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive Global History. He writes and speaks frequently on ethics, culture, religion, and politics here and abroad, and has also translated from French, Spanish and Italian, most recently J.P. Torrell's Initiation à saint Thomas d'Aquin and Roberto Papini’s The Christian Democrat International.



Russell Shaw


Russell Shaw is a writer and journalist in Washington, D.C. He is author or co-author of 17 books including three novels and the nonfiction works Catholic Laity in the Mission of the Church (2005) and Beyond the New Morality (3rd ed., 1988), and is a contributing editor of Crisis and Our Sunday Visitor. He was information director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1969 to 1987 and information director of the Knights of Columbus from 1987 to 1997. Since 2000, he has been a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in Rome. He and his wife have five children and nine grandchildren.



Rev. Donald Paul Sullins


The Rev. Donald Paul Sullins, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and, a fellow of the Life Cycle Institute at Catholic University, and sits on the Board of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Sullins has authored papers on questions of cultural import that have appeared in Social Forces, Religion, Sociology of Religion, The Catholic Social Science Review and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and more than 100 research reports for religious judicatories and agencies. Formerly Episcopalian, Sullins is a married Catholic priest with an inter-racial family of three children, two adopted.



Leslie Woodcock Tentler


Leslie Woodcock Tentler is professor and chair of the Department of History at Catholic University, and is a fellow of the Life Cycle Institute.  She specializes in the history of religion in the United States, particularly American Catholicism.  Her most recent book is Catholics and Contraception: An American History (Cornell, 2004); she also is the editor of the forthcoming The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholicism Since 1950 in the United States, Ireland, and Quebec (The Catholic University of America Press).  She is currently working on a history of the Catholic diocesan priesthood in the United States



John Kenneth White


John Kenneth White is a professor of politics at the Catholic University of America (Ph.D., 1980) and is a fellow of the Life Cycle Institute. In 1988 he joined the faculty of the Catholic University of America. In 2000 he published a textbook, co-written with Daniel M. Shea, New Party Politics: From Hamilton and Jefferson to the Information Age. In 2002 he published The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture in Transition. He is also the co-editor of Governing New York State (with Jeffrey Stonecash), Challenges to Party Government (with Jerome M. Mileur), The Politics of Ideas (with John C. Green), and The Collapse of the Old Order (with Philip J. Davies).