Hon. Rocco Buttiglione: Italian Minister for Cultural Goods and Activities
Rocco Buttiglione was born June 1948, in Gallipoli, in the province of Lecce. He completed his Licentiate studies at Massimo D’Azeglio in Torino and his Doctorate in Jurisprudence in Rome with a thesis on the history of political doctrines, under the direction of Prof. Augusto Del Noce. Buttiglione would become Del Noce’s assistant and friend, sharing for more than 20 years. Buttiglione was the Pro-Rettore of the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein, taught courses on ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin, where he was awarded with an Honoris Causa in philosophy in 1994. He was also Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Teramo and is currently Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Saint Pius V in Rome. Buttiglione is a member of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences and a former consultor to the Pontifical Council Justitia et Pax. His many publications include: Dialettica e Nostalgia, 1978; L’uomo e il lavoro, 1982; L’uomo e la famiglia, 1991; La crisi della morale, 1991; Il problema politico dei cattolici. Dottrina sociale e modernità, 1993; and Il pensiero dell’uomo che divenne Giovanni Paolo II, 1998.
His Eminence Cardinal George Pell: Archbishop of Sydney
Cardinal George Pell was born in 1941. He studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College and Propaganda Fide College, Rome, and was ordained by Cardinal Agagianian in St Peter’s Basilica in 1966. In 1996, he was appointed Archbishop of Melbourne, and in 2001, the Archbishop of Sydney. In 2003, he was created Cardinal Priest. He holds a Licentiate in Theology from Urban University, a Masters Degree in Education from Monash University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Church History from the University of Oxford (1971). He was Visiting Scholar at Campion Hall, Oxford University and at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University. He was elected Honorary Fellow of St Edmund’s in 2003. He was a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 1990-95 and again from 2002. From 1990-2000, he was a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Pell was appointed to the Presidential Committee of the Council in 2002. In 2002, he was named President of the Vox Clara Committee to advise the Congregation for Divine Worship on English liturgical texts and was appointed a member of the Congregation in 2005. In 1998, Cardinal Pell attended the Australian Constitutional Convention as a delegate appointed by the Prime Minister. Cardinal Pell was made a Companion in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honors for 2005. He is the author of Issues of Faith and Morals (OUP), Catholicism in Australia (1988), Rerum Novarum - One Hundred Years Later (1992), Catholicism and the Architecture of Freedom (1999), and Be Not Afraid (2004).
Prof. Carl J. Schramm: President of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (USA)
Carl J. Schramm is president and chief executive officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Previously, Schramm was chairman of Greenspring Advisors, Inc., a Baltimore-based merchant banking firm. He co-founded HCIA, a health information technology company, and Patient Choice Healthcare, Inc., in Minneapolis, where he serves as vice chairman of the board. Patient Choice provides a new model of patient-directed health insurance to large employers. Schramm has served as a professor of health policy and management at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Schramm founded The Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management and served as the Center's director until 1987. At Johns Hopkins he directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Fellowships in Health Care Finance, a national post-doctoral training program. He is editor of the American Assembly volume on health-care costs. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and the New England Journal of Medicine.