The Catholic University of America

March 14, 2007

Professor Appointed to Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences

Nelson Minnich

Nelson Minnich, a professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, was appointed to the Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences on March 8. Professor Minnich will join Monsignor Robert Trisco, professor emeritus of theology and religious studies, on the committee.

Created by Pope Pius XII in 1954, the committee brings together 28 scholars from all over the world twice a year to investigate historical questions, promote the accuracy of Christian history and organize scholarly conferences. Professor Minnich and Monsignor Trisco, who was appointed to the committee in 1989, are two of three Americans who serve on the committee.

Professor Minnich has been a faculty member at CUA since 1977.

Four other members of the CUA community currently serve as advisers to the Holy See in some capacity:

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, in 2005 was appointed as a consultor to the Congregation for Catholic Education by Pope John Paul II.

Monsignor Brian Ferme, dean and professor in the School of Canon Law, has served as a consultor for Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2000. He also serves as a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and a referendarius of the Apostolic Signatura.

Sister Rose McDermott, S.S.J., associate professor of canon law, has served as a consultor for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life since 1995.

Rev. Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, in 2004 was appointed to the International Theological Commission, which advises the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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