Sunday 23. January 2022

Panel of Experts

We are pleased to present here the panel of theologians who have provided us with reflections on the pressing issues of European policies from the perspective of Catholic Social Thought.

COORDINATOR of the Catholic Social Thought Section:

Dr. Karim Schelkens
Secretary General of the European Society of Catholic Theology; postdoctoral research fellow for the National Research Foundation, Flanders (FWO); and an academic staff member at KU Leuven and at Tilburg University.



Fr. Drs. Ignace Berten OP
Dominican priest and founder of ESPACES-Spiritualities, Cultures and Society in Europe, Brussels.


Fr. Dr. Mark Butaye OP
Secretary General, Pro Migrantibus, Belgian Bishop’s Conference Commission on Migration, Brussels.

Prof. Dr. Annemie Dillen
Associate Professor in Pastoral and Empirical Theology in the Faculty of              
Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven.



Prof. Dr. Jacques Haers SJ
Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven.                             




Fr. Dr. Peter Henrich OP
Theologian and Member of the Dominican Order, Düsseldorf.


Fr. Dr. Christian Mellon SJ
Centre de recherche et d’action sociales (CERAS), Saint-Denis., Franz Josef Rupprecht

Prof. Dr. MMag. Regina Polak, MAS
Associate Professor in the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Vienna.





Prof. Dr. Marie-Jo Thiel

Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology at the University of Strasbourg, Director of Centre européen d’enseignement et de recherche en éthique (CEERE) and member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE).


Fr. Dr. Frank Turner SJ

Secretary for European Affairs, Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC), Brussels.



Prof. Dr. Johan Verstraeten

Professor of Theological Ethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven; coordinator of the Research Unit Theological Ethics; and Director of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought.

The views expressed in all the theological reflections are those of their respective author and do not necessarily represent the position of IXE (SSF and ZdK) and the other contributors. Read the full disclaimer.