‘The Catholic Church in America: 2006’
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,
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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, 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,
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.
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.
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,
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 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
(The Catholic University of America Press).
She is currently working on a history of the Catholic diocesan
priesthood in the United
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).