The Catholic University of America

April 22, 2008

CUA Law Professor Named Consultor for Vatican

Helen Alvaré

Associate Professor of Law Helen Alvaré has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Laity for a five-year term. The council includes 36 members and 20 consultors.

As a consultor, Alvaré will "advise the Holy Father and therefore the universal Church on particular problems or questions regarding the laity that may arise and require expert consideration," she says. "I am delighted to be asked to serve the Church and the Holy Father in this way. The appointment inspires me to redouble my efforts toward scholarship on the situation particularly of Catholic laywomen and families, insofar as this might be helpful to the universal Church."

"It is always a privilege for The Catholic University of America to be recognized in such ways by the Holy Father," says Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University. "His presence here last week and, now, his appointment of one of our university's outstanding faculty members to the Pontifical Council for the Laity is such an acknowledgment. Professor Helen Alvaré is a model of what it means to be a Catholic scholar and, as a wife and mother, she is also a truly exemplary model of Christian life among the Church's laity. I am very happy for her."

Alvaré joins five other members of the CUA community as a consultor to a Vatican body. The others are: Father O'Connell, a consultor for the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education; Sister Rose McDermott, S.S.J., adviser to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; Rev. Paul McPartlan, consultor for the International Theological Commission, which advises the Holy See on theological matters; and Monsignor Robert Trisco and Nelson Minnich, members of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

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