The Catholic University of America

April 3, 2008

CUA President, Several Faculty Consult for Vatican

Sister Rose McDermott, S.S.J.

Rev. Paul McPartlan

Nelson Minnich

Pope Benedict XVI's April 17 visit to Catholic University - the only papally chartered university in the United States - has special significance for several members of the CUA community who also serve in a unique role as consultors to the Vatican.

Each consultor is appointed by the pope. As part of their duties, the consultors help advise the Roman curia - the central governing body of the Catholic Church - and provide assistance when requested.

"I am asked to give my opinion on legal issues that arise," says Sister Rose McDermott, S.S.J., interim dean of CUA's School of Canon Law. At the Vatican, she joins other consultors from around the world as an adviser to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.

Monsignor Robert Trisco

Societies of Apostolic Life.

Nelson Minnich, a professor of church history, serves as a consultor on the Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences. Duties of the committee include investigating historical questions, ensuring that the Holy See is represented at international conferences, promoting the study of classical languages needed for the scientific study of Church history, and overseeing improvements of textbooks on the history of Christianity.

Other CUA consultors include the university's president, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., a consultor for the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education; Rev. Paul McPartlan, consultor for the International Theological Commission, which advises the Holy See on theological matters; and Monsignor Robert Trisco, a member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

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