National Advisory Committee

John C. Cavadini  is a member of the Department of Theology of the University of Notre Dame, and was Chair of the Department from 1997-2010. He is also the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life.  His main areas of research and teaching is patristics (the theology of the early Church) and on the biblical spirituality of the Fathers of the Church.  He has published extensively in these and other areas. In November, 2009, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-year term on the International Theological Commission.  He has served as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Doctrine since 2006.   

Mary Ann Glendon  is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. She is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and has served as Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. She writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, comparative law, constitutional law, and political theory. Glendon is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, and a past president of the UNESCO-sponsored International Association of Legal Science. She served two terms as a member of the U.S. President’s Council on Bioethics (2001-2004), and has represented the Holy See at various conferences including the 1995 U.N. Women’s conference in Beijing where she headed the Vatican delegation.   

Russell R. Reno  is the editor of First Things magazine. He was formerly a professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University. Reno is the author of several books, including Fighting the Noonday Devil, In the Ruins of the Church, Redemptive Change: Atonement and the Cure of the Soul, and a theological commentary on the Book of Genesis in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, for which he also serves as general editor, He has also coauthored two books, Heroism and The Christian Life and Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible. His scholarly work ranges widely in systematic and moral theology, as well as in controverted questions of biblical interpretation.

George S. Weigel  is a Catholic theologian. He holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow. Mr. Weigel is the author of the widely acclaimed Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II , which was published in 1999 and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress. Mr. Weigel has written or edited some twenty other books. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Vatican analyst for NBC News. His articles have appeared in many publications, and his weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to sixty newspapers.

Robert Louis Wilken  is an Emeritus William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia and a Distinguished Fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Wilken is a highly distinguished scholar of early Christianity. He is the author of numerous books, including The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity (Yale, 2012), The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God  (Yale, 2005), The Christians as the Romans Saw Them (Yale, 2003), and Remembering the Christian Past  (Eerdmans, 1995). He has served as President of the Academy of Catholic Theology (2012-2013), and is Chairman of the Board of The Institute of Religion and Public Life, which publishes First Things.