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Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law, emerita, at Harvard University, and a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. She writes in the fields of human rights, comparative law, and political theory. Glendon chaired the U.S. State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights (2019-2020) and served as a member of the Commission on International Religious Freedom (2012-2016), and the U.S. President’s Council on Bioethics (2001-2004). She received the National Humanities Medal in 2006.
Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., is editor-in-chief of Ignatius Press and a longtime personal friend of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. (Ignatius Press is the primary U.S. publisher of his works, having issued some 40+ books.) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was Fr. Fessio’s doctoral director and mentor at the University of Regensburg in then West Germany from 1972-1975. As a member of Ratzinger’s “Schulerkreis” or group of former students, Fr. Fessio participated in many of the yearly three-day-long gatherings of that group.
Francis X. Maier is senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, who previously served as senior adviser and special assistant to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., for 23 years in Denver and Philadelphia.
Kathryn Jean Lopez is senior fellow at National Review Institute where she directs the Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society and an editor-at-large at National Review.
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