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  • The Catholic Church in World Affairs

    Speaker Profiles:


    Dr. Maurizio Ragazzi, Independent Researcher and Former Senior Council, International Law, the World Bank

    “The Holy See and Treaties”

    Dr. Maurizio Ragazzi, an Italian national residing in Washington, D.C., with his wife, was a practicing attorney for almost 25 years. He is now independent researcher writing on international law. He has degrees in law, theology, and canon law. His doctoral dissertation at Oxford, on international legal obligations reflecting fundamental moral values, was published in English by Oxford University Press in 1997 and then in Chinese in 2012. He is also the editor of two collections of essays by international scholars on international responsibility. In the summer 2014, Ragazzi was one of the lecturers at the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law.



    Austin Ruse, President, Center for Family and Human Rights

    “The Catholic Church at the United Nations”

    As the head of C-FAM, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based research institute focusing on international legal and social policy, Austin Ruse has been heavily involved in U.N. social policy negotiations since his organization was founded in 1997. He has advocated on behalf of Catholic social interests in both international and national circles, briefing members of the U.S. House and Senate on U.N. matters, as well as briefing White House and National Security Council staff. Ruse has actively promoted the Church’s social vision across all spectrums of media and has been a guest on national news programs such as EWTN, CNN, CBS News, MSNBC, and Fox News. He writes a bi-weekly column for Crisis magazine, and has also contributed to Breitbart, First Things, The Washington Times, National Review Online, Weekly Standard, Human Events, Touchstone, and


    Dr. William Kirk Kilpatrick, author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West and professor emeritus, Boston College

    “The Church’s Response to Islam”

    A noted commentator on cultural and education issues as well as an expert on Islam, Dr. William Kirk Kilpatrick taught for 33 years at Boston College. He is the author of several books, including Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West (Ignatius Press, 2012) in which he describes the way secular, multicultural societies in the West have enabled the spread of radical Islam. His book also challenges popular notions that compare Christianity to Islam and warns that cultural jihad, rather than armed jihad, is significant threat to both the United States and Europe.

    Dr. Kilpatrick’s articles have appeared in First Things, Policy Review, American Educator, The National Catholic Register, World, and Investor’s Business Daily



    Dr. Paul G Kengor, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Vision and Values, Grove City College

    “A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Collapse of Communism: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century”

    An internationally known expert on the Cold War, Ronald Reagan, and Communism, Dr. Paul Kengor is a noted author, professor, and political commentator. He is best known for his bestselling 2004 book, God and Ronald Reagan, as well as his 2012 biography, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor. In 2015, Kengor published Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, which has been called a “shocking expose” of the far Left’s attack on the family. His forthcoming book, A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century (April 2017) details the untold story of the partnership between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan in bringing down Communism. Kengor is a frequent contributor to MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, the BBC, and Fox News, and writes regular columns for Townhall and American Spectator. He describes himself as a Pittsburgh Steelers “fanatic” and, along with his wife, Susan, has eight children, two of whom are adopted. 

    More information about Dr. Kengor’s forthcoming book. 


    Dr. Daniel R. Kempton, Professor of Political Science and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Franciscan University of Steubenville

    “Conducting the Global War on Terror in Light of Catholic Teaching”

    Dr. Daniel Kempton has worked and taught at Franciscan University since 2011, where his work has focused on the ethics of the Global War on Terrorism. Prior to coming to Franciscan, Kempton was the director of the university honors program at Northern Illinois University, where he also chaired the political science department. He has published two books, including Unity or Separation: Center-Periphery Relations in the Former Soviet Union, which he edited with Terry D. Clark. A former academic fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Israel, Kempton has written extensively on the ethical dimensions of democracies and armed conflict. He has been published The Washington Times, Catholic World Report, and Pew Case Studies in International Affairs. A two-time Fulbright Scholarship winner, he holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



    Dr. David Klocek, Director of Assessment and Evaluation, University of Virginia at Wise, formerly Professor at the Institute of World Politics

    “A Return to Non-Alignment: Pope Francis’ Reiteration of a Tradition”

    David M. Klocek is the director of Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Virginia College at Wise, Virginia. He was vice-dean of Academic Affairs at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of national security, from 2005 until 2012; associate professor of political science at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan from 2003 until 2005; and chair of the Social Science Department at St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan, from 2000 until 2003. He earned his PhD from Georgetown University in 2000, where he worked under Father James Schall, SJ, specializing in the political thought of Pope St. John Paul II. During the late 1980s, Klocek served as an intelligence officer in the CIA and worked on Eastern European issues. He worked briefly in the Reagan White House between 1986-1987.

    Father James Bromwich, PhD, St. Francis College (Indiana)

    “What’s a Human? And Why It Matters: The Fundamental Contribution of the Church to World Affairs.”



    Dr. Brian Scarnecchia, Professor, Ave Maria School of Law; President, International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute

    “Patenting Life: The Response of Catholic Social Teaching to Efforts to Patent Human DNA and Genetically Modified Organisms Before the World Trade Organization and the U.S. Supreme Court”

    An expert in international law and bioethics, Dr. Brian Scarnecchia has been an associate professor at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, since 2009. The founding president of the International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute, he is the author of Bioethics, Law and Human Life Issues: A Catholic Perspective on Marriage, Family, Contraception, Abortion, Reproductive Technology, and Death and Dying. Aside from teaching and practicing law, Scarnecchia is the main non-government officer representative to the United Nations on behalf of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He has published extensively on the intersection of law, culture, religion, human rights and development. He taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville from 1996-2015.

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