Scholars Worldwide Sign Open Letter About JPII Institute Changes

The academics, who include the prominent American scholars Robert George, Scott Hahn and Janet Smith, call on the Institute heads to reinstate two professors they removed from their tenured positions.

LEFT: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, grand chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family. RIGHT: Msgr. Livio Melina, professor and former president of the John Paul II Institute who was removed from his tenured position July 23.
LEFT: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, grand chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family. RIGHT: Msgr. Livio Melina, professor and former president of the John Paul II Institute who was removed from his tenured position July 23. (photo: Photos by Edward Pentin)

Over 200 professors from around the world have signed an open letter to the heads of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute expressing their “great concern” about the recent removals of two long-serving professors at the graduate school, and imploring that they be reinstated.

The signatories, comprising a number of well-known Catholic academics, wrote in the Aug. 20 letter they “do not see any convincing reason, whether of a scientific-academic nature or of a doctrinal or disciplinary nature, that would justify their removal from their positions.”

The letter concerned the removals of Msgr. Livio Melina, a former president of the John Paul II Institute, and Father José Noriega, a moral theologian, who were notified in a July 23 letter that they were to be deprived of their tenured positions at the new institute following the promulgation of new statutes published on July 18.

The missive was addressed to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, grand chancellor of the institute, and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, the institute’s president,

Msgr. Melina was removed after being told the institute was eliminating the Chair of Fundamental Moral Theology which he held, and which had been set up personally by Pope St. John Paul II. Father Noriega was told his position as general superior of his religious congregation was incompatible with the position of a tenured professor at the new Institute.

Neither of the two professors received prior notification of their removals, nor were they given the opportunity to defend themselves or challenge the decision. Seven other professors were also later removed from their teaching positions.

In their open letter, the signatories implored Archbishop Paglia and Msgr. Sequeri “to revoke this decision and to reinstate” Msgr. Melina and Father Noriega so that the graduate school “may maintain its high academic profile and its international prestige.”

Among the signatories are Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and Jane Adolphe, a law professor at Ave Maria University and former official at the Vatican Secretariat of State. Other signers include Michael Waldstein, theology professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Robert Fastiggi, professor of systematic theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, who penned a defense of Pope Francis apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in 2016.    

Since the statutes were published and the changes enacted, 1770 individuals have expressed their disapproval in an open letter to Archbishop Paglia and Msgr. Sequeri, drawn up by institute students: 260 of them have signed the letter along with 507 alumni, expressing their “immense concern” about the changes.

The most recent open letter follows another dated Aug. 3 and signed by 49 academics to the institute’s administrators, also calling for the reinstatement of all the professors removed from their teaching positions.

Meanwhile, an online petition against the abolition of the Chair of Moral Theology has so far attracted almost 3,500 signatures. 

The authors of the most recent open letter are inviting other academics to put their name to it by signing it online here.

Here below is the open letter with its list of signatories in alphabetical order:

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Open letter to Msgr. Paglia and Msgr. Sequeri

Open letter to His Excellency, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family, and to Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, President of the Institute.

                                                                                                                                                                                     20 August 2019

Your Excellency, Msgr. Paglia,

Rev. Msgr. Sequeri,

We, the undersigned, professors and researchers from various academic institutions throughout the world, have learned with great concern that Professors Livio Melina and José Noriega have been deprived of their tenured positions.

We do not see any convincing reason, whether of a scientific-academic nature or of a doctrinal or disciplinary nature, that would justify their removal from their positions.

So that your Institute may maintain its high academic profile and its international prestige, we implore you to revoke this decision and to reinstate the aforementioned scholars into a tenured teaching position at your Institute.

With kindest regards,

List of Signatories (Alphabetical Order)


  1. Paul Adams.Professor Emeritus - Social Work (University of Hawai'i) 
  2. Jane Adolphe.Professor of Law (Ave Maria School of Law) 
  3. Marta Albert Marquez, PhD.Professor - Philosophy of Law (Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid) 
  4. Jacob Alexander.Adjunct Professor of Philosophy (University of St. Thomas, Houston ) 
  5. Salvador Antuñano Alea, PhD.Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid) 
  6. Richard S. Arndt, PhD.Adjunct Professor of Political Science (Marquette University) 
  7. Donald P. Asci.Professor of Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  8. Romeo Astorri.Professor of Canon Law (Università Cattolica Milano ) 
  9. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP.Professor of Biology and of Theology (Providence College) 
  1. Vojtěch Balík.Research Fellow – Philosophy, Classical Studies (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Philosophy)
  2. Michel Bastit.Professor of Philosophy (Université de Bourgogne et Archives Poincaré - CNRS) 
  3. Andrew Beards.Professor of Philosophy (School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon, England) 
  4. John Sietze Bergsma.Professor of Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  5. P. Bracy Bersnak.Associate Professor of Political Science (Christendom College) 
  6. Rev. Fr. Noli L. Blancaflor.Professor - Theology on Marriage and Family (John Paul ll National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Bacolod, Philippines)
  7. Philip E. Blosser.Professor of Philosophy (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) 
  8. Mark Healy Bonner.Professor of Criminal Law and Constitutional Criminal Procedure (Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida, USA) 
  9. Paweł Bortkiewicz.Professor of Moral Theology (Adam Mickiewicz University) 
  10. Gregory Bottaro.Associate Professor of Psychology (Institute for the Psychological Sciences/Divine Mercy University) 
  11. Pamela J. Brink, RN, PhD FAAN.Professor emeritus - Nursing and Anthropology (University of Alberta, Canada)
  12. Carole M. Brown.Professor of Theology (Catholic Distance University) 
  13. Janusz Bujak.Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Ecumenism (Uniwersytet Szczeciński) 
  14. Juan Manuel Burgos.Professor of Philosophy (University San Pablo CEU, Madrid) 
  15. Martin Cajthaml.Associate Professor of Philosophy (Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic) 
  16. Franco Caron.Associate Professor (Politecnico di Milano) 
  17. Francisco Carpintero Benítez.Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Law (Universidad de Cádiz, Spain) 
  18. Gloria Casanova Mayordomo.Professor - Philosophical Anthropology (Universidad Católica de Valencia, Spain) 
  19. Rodolfo José Castro Salinas.Professor - Humanities (Universidad Católica San Pablo, Perú) 
  20. Aquilino Cayuela Cayuela.Professor - Moral and Political Philosophy and Moral Theology (Institut für Philosophie - Priesterseminar RM des Erzbistums Berlin - affiliiert PUG) 
  21. Teresa Cid.Professor - Humanities (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid) 
  22. Anthony P. Coleman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor – Theology (Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts)
  23. Peter J. Colosi, PhD.Associate Professor of Philosophy (Salve Regina University, Newport RI, USA) 
  24. Francisco José Contreras.Professor of Philosophy of Law (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) 
  25. Óscar Corominas.Professor of Ecclesiastical and Civil Law (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid ) 
  26. Francisco José Cortes Blasco.Professor - Theology of Marriage and Family (Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Spain) 
  27. David P. Deavel.Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies (University of St. Thomas) 
  28. Tomasz Dekert.Professor of Religious Studies (Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow) 
  29. Rafael Del Río Villegas.Professor - Health Sciences (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid) 
  30. Patrick J. Deneen.Professor and David A. Potenziani Memorial College Chair - Political Science (University of Notre Dame) 
  31. Raphaël Dila Ciendela, STD.Professor of Ethics (Université de Mbujimayi, Congo Republic) 
  32. Alexandra Diriart.Professor - Family Spirituality (Pontificio Istituto Teologico Giovanni Paolo II, Rome) 
  33. Eduardo Echeverria, PhD.Professor of Philosophy &Theology (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) 
  34. Rene Ecochard, MD, PhD.Professor of Epidemiology (Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France) 
  35. Jean Baptiste Edart.Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology (Université Catholique de l'Ouest - Angers) 
  36. Jacob-Ivan Eidt.Associate Professor – German (University of Dallas)
  37. Dr. Laura M. Eidt.Assistant Professor - Modern Languages and Humanities (University of Dallas) 
  38. Kent Emery, Jr..Professor of History of Philosophy and Theology (University of Notre Dame, USA) 
  39. Dr. Chad Engelland.Professor of Philosophy (University of Dallas) 
  40. Ignacio Esteban Monasterio.Associate Professor of Procedural Law (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) 
  41. Jesús Ignacio Falgueras.Professor of Philosophy [emeritus] (Universidad de Málaga, Spain) 
  42. Robert L. Fastiggi.Professor of Systematic Theology (Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI USA) 
  43. Maria Fedoryka.Associate Professor of Philosophy (Ave Maria University) 
  44. Fernando Fernández Rodríguez.Founder and President - Association for the Study of the Social Doctrine of the Church (AEDOS - Asociación para el Estudio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia) 
  45. Dr. Richard Delahide Ferrier.Tutor - Liberal Education (Thomas Aquinas College) 
  46. Juan Francisco Franck. Professor - History of Modern Philosophy (Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino, Argentina)
  47. Jan Frei. Research Fellow – Philosophy (Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences) 
  48. Ana Isabel Gallardo Martín.Professor - Bioethics (Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Spain) 
  49. Carmen Gallardo Pérez.Professor - Science (Francisco de Vitoria University, Madrid) 
  50. Pavel Galuzska.Assistant Professor of Family Studies (The Pontifical University of John Paul II, Krakow) 
  51. Francisco Galvache Vaero.Professor - Philosophy and Education (Universidad Juan Carlos I, Madrid) 
  52. Felipe García Díaz-Guerra.Adjunct Professor of Moral Fundamental Theology (Instituto Superior de Estudios Teológicos San Ildefonso, Toledo, Spain) 
  53. Véronique Gay-Crosier Lemaire.Professor of Moral Theology (Université di Fribourg, Suisse) 
  54. Marie I. George.Professor of Philosophy (St. John's University, NY) 
  55. Robert P. George.McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence (Princeton University) 
  56. Anna Geppert.Professor - Human Sciences (Sorbonne) 
  57. Dr. Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz.Professor - Philosophy of Religion (TU Dresden - Hochschule Benedikt XVI. Heiligenkreuz) 
  58. Manfred Gerwing.Univ.-Prof., Dr. phil. et theol. habil., Dogmatik und Dogmengeschichte (Theologische Fakultät der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany) 
  59. Rafael Giraldo.Professor of Biotechnology (Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain) 
  60. Luke Gormally.Professor Emeritus of Bioethics - Director Emeritus (Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford.) 
  61. Jose Granados.Professor of Dogmatic Theology (Pontifical Theological John Paul II Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family, Rome) 
  62. Jakub Grygiel.Associate Professor of Politics (Catholic University of America, Washington, DC)
  63. Monika Grygiel.Professor (2008-2019) – Psychiatry(Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II, Rome)
  64. Stanislaw Grygiel.Professor emeritus - Philosophy of the Human Person (Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II, Università Lateranense, Rome)
  65. Anna Władysława Grzegorczyk.Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies (Institute of Cultural Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland) 
  66. Rev. Benedict M. Guevin, O.S.B., Ph.D, S.T.D..Professor of Moral Theology (Saint Anselm College) 
  67. Scott W. Hahn.Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization (Franciscan University of Steubenville ) 
  68. James A Harold.Professor of Philosophy (Franciscan University of Steubenville ) 
  69. Theodore K. A. Harwood.Assistant Professor of Classics (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  70. Stanley Martin Hauerwas.Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics (Duke Divinity School) 
  71. Mary Healy.Professor of Biblical Theology (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) 
  72. Michael J. Healy.Professor of Philosophy (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  73. Daniel Heider.Associate Professor of Philosophy (Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia) 
  74. Anne Hendershott.Professor of Sociology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  75. Douglas Henry.Associate Professor of Philosophy (Baylor University) 
  76. Susana Herrera Damas.Professor of Communication (Carlos III University of Madrid ) 
  77. Stephen M. Hildebrand.Professor of Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  78. Rodney Howsare.Professor of Theology (DeSales University) 
  79. Sean Innerst, DTh.Professor of Theology and Catechesis (Augustine Institute, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver)
  80. Agnieszka Kalinowska.Professor of Patrology [Maître de conférences - HDR] (Université de Lorraine) 
  81. Stephan Kampowski.Professor of Philosophical Anthropology (Pontificio Istituto Teologico Giovanni Paolo II, Rome) 
  82. Dybeł Katarzyna.Professor of Philology (Faculty of Philology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow) 
  83. Daniel A. Keating.Professor of Theology (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) 
  84. Daniel R. Kempton.Professor of Political Science. Vice President for Academic Affairs (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  85. Daniel-Maria Klimek, T.O.R., Ph.D..Assistant Professor of Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  86. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J..Associate Professor of Philosophy (Fordham University) 
  87. Tomasz Kraj.Associate Professor - Bioethics, Moral Theology (Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow) 
  88. Richard Kucharčík.Professor – Social Work, Marriage and Family (Katolícka univerzita v Ružomberku, Slovakia) 
  89. Jaroslaw Kupczak OP.Professor of Theology (Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow ) 
  90. Carlo Lancellotti.Professor of Mathematics (City University of New York) 
  91. Michele Lanzetta.Associate Professor of Manufacturing Processes (University of Pisa, Italy) 
  92. Cristian Langa.Professor of Theology (Romania Cluj Eparchial Theological Institute - UBB Cluj) 
  93. Mark S. Latkovic.Professor of Moral Theology (Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit)
  94. Patrick Lee.John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Philosophy (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  95. Marta López-Jurado Puig.Professor of Education (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia/UNED, Spain) 
  96. Alejandro J. López Oliva.Business Law (Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Martir, Spain) 
  97. Oswaldo Javier Lozano de la Garza.Former Assistant Professor - Theological Anthropology and Theology of the Body (John Paul II Institute in Monterrey, México) 
  98. Arturas Lukasevicius.Professor of Catechetics (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania) 
  99. Marian Szczepan Machinek.Professor of Moral Theology (University of Warmia and Mazury in Poland) 
  100. Tomáš Machula.Professor - Philosophy and Ethics (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic) 
  101. Teresa Malecka.Professor of Musicology (Academy of Music in Kraków) 
  102. Piotr Malecki.Professor of Physics (IFJ PAN)
  103. Christopher J. Malloy.Associate Professor of Theology (The University of Dallas) 
  104. Franco Marabelli.Professor of Experimental Physics (University of Pavia, Italy) 
  105. Norbert Martin.Professor emeritus of Sociology (University of Koblenz, Germany) 
  106. Regis Martin, S.T.D..Professor of Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  107. John M. McDermott, S.J..Professor of Dogmatic Theology (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) 
  108. Bronwen McShea.Associate Research Scholar – Early Modern History and History of Christianity (Princeton University) 
  109. Jaroslaw Merecki.Professor of Philosophy(Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II, Roma) 
  110. Jennifer E. Miller, STD.Professor of Moral Theology (Notre Dame Seminary, Graduate School of Theology, New Orleans) 
  111. Kevin E. Miller, Ph.D..Assistant Professor of Moral Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  112. Christopher V. Mirus.Professor of Philosophy (University of Dallas) 
  113. Suzanne Mulrain.Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Theology (School of Theological Studies – St Charles Borromeo Seminary ) 
  114. David Mulroney.Administration – President and Vice Chancellor [2015-2018] (University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto) 
  115. Virgil P. Nemoianu.Professor of Comparative Literature [retired] (Catholic University of America) 
  116. Lukáš Novák.Professor of Philosophy (University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Theology) 
  117. Daniel Novotny.Professor of Philosophy (University of South Bohemia) 
  118. Stefan Novotny. Assistant Professor – New Testament (Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Theological Faculty, Kosice, Slovakia)
  119. Maciej Nowak.Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Literature (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) 
  120. Gerard O’Shea.Professor – Religious Education (University of Notre Dame, Australia) 
  121. Raúl Orozco Ruano.Professor of Dogmatic Theology (Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso, Madrid) 
  122. Thomas M. Osborne, Jr..Professor of Philosophy (University of St. Thomas - Houston) 
  123. Petr Osolsobe.Professor – Aesthetics and Philosophy (Masaryk University, Czech Republic) 
  124. Michael Pakaluk.Professor of Ethics and Social Philosophy (The Catholic University of America ) 
  125. Petr Pavlas.Comenius studies and Early Modern Intellectual History (Institute of Philosophy, The Czech Academy of Sciences) 
  126. Lucia Pečovská.  Associate Professor – Theology (Catholic University Ružomberok, Faculty of Theology)
  127. C.C. Pecknold.Professor of Dogmatic Theology (The Catholic University of America)
  128. Juan José Pérez-Soba Diez del Corral.Professor of Pastoral Theology (Pontificio Istituto Teologico Giovanni Paolo II, Roma) 
  129. Furio Pesci.Associate Professor – History of Education (La Sapienza University, Rome) 
  130. Concetta Pilsner. Adjunct Professor – English (Franciscan University of Steubenville)
  131. John Pilsner.Assistant Professor – English (Franciscan University of Steubenville)
  132. Robert Plich OP.Professor of Moral Theology (Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow) 
  133. Diego Poole.Professor of Philosophy of Law (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid) 
  134. Ctirad Václav Pospíšil, Th.D..Professor of Dogmatic Theology (Teologiká fakulta JU v Českých Budějovicích, KTF UK v Praze, HTF Uk v Praze) 
  135. Helmut Prader.Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics (Hochschule Heiligenkreuz, Austria)
  136. Charles Presberg.Associate Professor of Spanish Renaissance Literature (University of Missouri ) 
  137. Patrick Quirk.Associate Professor of Law (Australian Catholic University) 
  138. Matthew Ramage.Associate Professor of Theology (Benedictine College) 
  139. Lucrecia Rego de Planas.Interdisciplinary Research (Anahuac University, Mexico City) 
  140. José Luis Requejo Aleman.Professor of Communication (Carlos III University of Madrid ) 
  141. Benedetto Rocchi.Professor of Economics (Department of Economics and Management – Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy) 
  142. Carla Rossi Espagnet.Professor of Dogmatic Theology (Pontificia Università della santa Croce, Rome) 
  143. Christopher Ruddy.Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology (The Catholic University of America) 
  144. Ignacio Sánchez Cámara.Professor of Philosophy (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid) 
  145. Carmen Sánchez Maíllo.Adjunct Professor – Philosophy of Law (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid) 
  146. Jorge Sánchez-Tarazaga y Marcelino.Professor of International Private Law (Universidad Europea de Valencia) 
  147. Deborah Savage.Professor – Philosophy and Theology (St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity) 
  148. D. Brian Scarnecchia.Professor of Law (Ave Maria School of Law) 
  149. Michele M. Schumacher.Professor – moral and dogmatic theology (University of Fribourg) 
  150. Susan C. Selner-Wright.Associate Professor of Philosophy (St. John Vianney Theological Seminary) 
  151. Juan Luis Sevilla Bujalance.Professor – Civil Law (Universidad de Cordoba, Spain) 
  152. Dr. Mark Shiffman.Associate Professor of Humanities (Villanova University) 
  153. Jeremy Sienkiewicz.Associate Professor of Theology (Benedictine College) 
  154. Vojtech Simek.Professor – Philosophy and Theology (Teologicka fakulta Jihoceske univerzity) 
  155. Fernando Simón Rueda.Adjunct Professor – Moral Theology (Facultad de Teología Universidad San Dámaso, Madrid) 
  156. Michael G. Sirilla, PhD.Professor of Systematic Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  157. Janet E Smith.Professor of Moral theology [retired] (Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit ) 
  158. Carmen María Solís Martí.Professor – Family therapy (Universidad Católica de Valencia, Spain) 
  159. Manfred Spieker.Prof. für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften (Universität Osnabrück) 
  160. Josef Spindelböck.Professor of Moral Theology (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule St. Pölten) 
  161. Teresa Stanton Collett.Professor of Law (University of St. Thomas - MN, USA) 
  162. Isaila Ana Stefania.Professor of Psychology (UBB Cluj) 
  163. William Bennett Stevenson.Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology (St. Paul Seminary, University of St. Thomas) 
  164. M. Brigid Strader.Tutor – Medieval & Renaissance Classics (Rome Institute of Liberal Arts) 
  165. Daniel M. Strudwick.Associate Professor – Theology (Quincy University, Illinois) 
  166. Alberto Strumia.Professor [retired] – Mathematical Physics – Logic – Philosophy of science – Philosophy of nature – Fundamental theology (State University of Bari and Theological Faculty of Emilia-Romagna, Bologna) 
  167. Christopher Tollefsen.Professor of Moral Philosophy (University of South Carolina) 
  168. Christian Trottmann.Directeur de recherche. Histoire de la Philosophie et de la théologie médiévale et renaissante (CNRS) 
  169. Matthew A. Tsakanikas.Professor of Theology (Christendom College) 
  170. Margaret M. Turek.Professor - Dogmatic Theology (St. Patrick's Seminary and University, Menlo Park, California)  
  171. Piotr Tylus.Professor – Humanities (Jagiellonian University in Cracow) 
  172. Erika Valdivieso López.Professor of Law (Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo, Chiclayo, Perú) 
  173. Jan Vančura.Professor – Social Psychology (Caritas, College of Social Work Olomouc, Czech Republic) 
  174. Julián Vara Martín.Professor – Philosophy of Politics and Law (Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid) 
  175. Giorgio Vassena.Professor – Engineering (Università di Brescia) 
  176. Salvador Villa Herrero.Adjunct Professor of Sacred Scripture (Facultad de Teología San Vicente Ferrer, Valencia, Spain) 
  177. Andre Villeneuve, S.S.L., Ph.D..Assistant Professor (Azusa Pacific University) 
  178. Owen Vyner.Professor of Theology (Christendom College) 
  179. Mats Wahlberg.Associate Professor of Systematic Theology (Umeå University, Sweden) 
  180. Michael Waldstein.Professor of Theology (Franciscan University) 
  181. Susan Waldstein.Adjunct Professor of Theology (Franciscan University) 
  182. Matthew Walz.Associate Professor of Philosophy (University of Dallas) 
  183. Bernadette Waterman Ward.Associate Professor of English (University of Dallas) 
  184. Helen Watt.Research Fellow (Anscombe Bioethics Centre) 
  185. Fr. Walter M. Werbylo, C.S.B.Associate Professor of New Testament (St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto, Canada)
  186. Petroc Willey.Professor of Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  187. Peter S. Williamson.Professor of Sacred Scripture (Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit) 
  188. Jacob W. Wood.Associate Professor of Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville) 
  189. Terrence C. Wright.Associate Professor of Philosophy (St. John Vianney Theological Seminary) 
  190. Katherine del Cisne Zambrano Yaguana.Professor - Education (Universidad de Navarra, Spain) 
  191. Kevin Zilverberg.Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture (Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas - MN, USA) 
  192. Luigi Zucaro.Adjunct Professor of Bioethics (Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II. Istituto di Teologia Pastorale, Università Lateranense, Roma)
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