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Dr. Robert Royal, President



Robert Royal is the founder and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing (www.thecatholicthing.org)  His books include: 1492 And All That: Political Manipulations of History (1992), Reinventing the American People: Unity and Diversity Today (1995), The Virgin and the Dynamo: The Use and Abuse of Religion in the Environment Debate (1999, Eerdmans), Dante Alighieri in the Spiritual Legacy Series (1999, Crossroad), and The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive Global History (2000, Crossroad), The Pope’s Army (2006, Crossroad), and The God That Did Not Fail (2006, Encounter). Dr. Royal holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island College, and The Catholic University of America. He received fellowships to study in Italy from the Renaissance Society of America (1977) and as a Fulbright scholar (1978). From 1980 to 1982, he served as editor-in-chief of Prospect magazine in Princeton, New Jersey.

Among the other books he has published are: Jacques Maritain and the Jews (University of Notre Dame Press), Building a Free Society (with George Weigel), Crisis and Opportunity: U.S. Policy in Central America and the Caribbean (with Mark Falcoff), and, with Virgil Nemoianu, The Hospitable Canon and Play, Literature, Religion: Essays in Cultural Intertextuality. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and other publications, including First Things, Communio, the Wilson Quarterly, the Catholic Historical Review, Academic Questions, Image: A Journal of Religion and the Arts, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, National Review, and The American Spectator. He writes and speaks frequently on questions of ethics, culture, religion, and politics, has appeared on various television and radio stations around the United States, and has lectured in twelve foreign countries. Dr. Royal has also translated books and articles from French, Spanish, and Italian; most recently J.-P. Torrell's Initiation à saint Thomas d'Aquin (Catholic University of America Press, 1996) Roberto Papini's The Christian Democrat International (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), and Yves Simon’s The Ethiopian Campaign and French Political Thought (University of Notre Dame Press 2009).

Brad Miner, Senior Fellow



Brad Miner is senior editor of The Catholic Thing. He was founding editor-in-chief of the American Compass book club, a division of Bookspan, a joint venture of Bertelsmann and Time-Warner. His Compass Points blog received recognition in the 2007 Webby Awards. He has held senior editorial positions with both Bantam Books and HarperCollins, and from 1989 until 1992 was Literary Editor of National Review magazine. He has served as president of the Religion Publishing Group.

Mr. Miner was John M. Olin Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Adelphi University, has appeared on many radio and television shows, and has been quoted in articles appearing in The Washington Times, The New York Times, USA Today, Columbia Journalism Review, The Los Angeles Times, Newsmax, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, and The American Spectator. He is the author of six books, including The Concise Conservative Encyclopedia and The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry. His most recent book, Smear Tactics, was published in November 2007 by HarperCollins, and was released in paperback the following August. A new edition of The Compleat Gentleman was published in 2010.

He serves on the board of Aid to the Church in Need USA.

Elizabeth McCoy, Coordinator of Events, Office Manager



Elizabeth McCoy is Coordinator of Events and Office Manager at the Faith & Reason Institute. She also serves as Managing Editor of The Catholic Thing. She is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. Upon graduation, she was awarded a Publius Fellowship by the Claremont Institute. She previously worked at the Weekly Standard on the editorial staff of the Books & Arts section where she also served as an online columnist. Elizabeth resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

Fr. C. J. McCloskey, Research Fellow

Father C. John McCloskey, III, STD is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He currently is Research Fellow of the Faith and Reason Institute. From 1985-1990, he was a chaplain at Princeton University. From 1998-2002, he was the Director of the Catholic Information Center for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. He is perhaps best known for guiding into the Church such luminaries as Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Lawrence Kudlow, Robert Novak, Judge Robert Bork, Senator Sam Brownback, Alfred Regnery, and General Josiah Bunting.

His articles and reviews, and doctoral thesis all of which are archived at Catholicity.com, have been published in major Catholic and secular periodicals, including Catholic World Report, First Things, La'Osservatore Romano, theWall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, theWashington Times, theWashington Post, theNew York Times, and ACEPRENSA.

Father John has done extensive work in radio and television, most notably at EWTN, where he has hosted series on topics such as Cardinal Newman, Catholic authors, Ecclesial Movements, the Role of the Laity in the Church, Thomas More, and the history of the Church, and has worked as a commentator on Papal trips. Father McCloskey has also appeared as a commentator on network television, satellite and cable channels.

He is co-author (with Russell Shaw) of Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion, and the Crisis of Faith, published in March, 2007 that is now available from Ignatius Press. He is also the co-editor of The Essential Belloc, and contributed a principal essay to the Cardinal Newman Society’s How to Choose a Catholic College available from TheNewmanGuide.com.

A native of Washington, D.C., he received a degree in Economics from Columbia University in 1975. After working professionally on Wall Street for six years, he studied in Rome and Spain, where he received his doctorate in Theology with a specialty in Church History. Ordained in Spain in 1981, he has spent much of his pastoral work counseling university students and fellow priests, offering spiritual direction and preaching retreats.

He serves as an advisor to Christendom College, the Mary Foundation, and Ave Maria Single Catholics Online. He was the U.S. representative for the ecclesiastical faculties of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and the University of Navarre in Pamplona Spain from 1984-2003. Father McCloskey is an avid squash player and a member of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association. 

He may be reached at  frcjm@mac.com.  

Jason Boffetti, Adjunct Fellow

Dr. Jason Boffetti has taught political philosophy, catholic social thought, and American history and government at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in politics in 2003 from the Catholic University of America with a concentration in political philosophy. Dr. Boffetti has been a research fellow in education policy at the Faith and Reason Institute and he has worked for the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Policy Review magazine. He has published articles in First ThingsCrisis Magazine, the Review of Politics, and the National Catholic Register. He has written on a range of topics including J. R. R. Tolkien’s Catholic imagination and the public benefit of Catholic schooling.

Dr. Boffetti currently works as a program officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His current research interests include the role of religion in American public life and the political theory of pluralism and pragmatism. Dr. Boffetti and his wife have one daughter and live in Falls Church, Virginia. 

Flavio Felice, Non-resident Research Fellow

Flavio Felice is Professor of “Economical and Political Doctrines” at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He serves as Director of the “Novae Terrae” Foundation and President of the Tocqueville-Acton Centre Studies. Among his several books are: Persona, impresa e mercato (Lateran University Press, 2010); Economia e persona (Lateran University Press, 2009), L’economia sociale di mercato (Rubbettino 2008), Appunti di dottrina sociale della Chiesa (Rubbettino 2008, together with Paolo Asolan). He is also the editor of several volumes: Il liberalismo delle regole (Rubbettino, 2010, together with Francesco Forte); Karol Wojtyla, Alle fonti del rinnovamento (Rubbettino 2007) and by the same author: Discorsi al popolo di Dio (Rubbettino 2006). He speaks and writes frequently on Catholic Social Teaching  and related topics in Europe and the Americas.

Francesco Martini, Visiting Research Intern

Francesco Martini is a Ph.D. student in History of International Relations at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy). He holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and a M.A. in International Politics and Diplomacy, both from the University of Padua (Veneto, Italy). Between August 2007 and January 2008, he was an intern at the Economic, Commercial and Scientific Office of the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC. His major research areas include Religion and Foreign Policy, American Religious History, and United States Political Parties and Elections.

Assistant to the Executive Director, Fide et Ratio Seminars