Paul McPartlan

Academic Areas

  • Historical and Systematic Theology
  • Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology
  • School

  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Expertise

  • Ecclesiology
  • Eucharist
  • Vatican II
  • Ecumenism
  • Biography

    Paul McPartlan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster (UK) and Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at The Catholic University of America. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and graduated from Cambridge in Mathematics in 1978. Having studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1984. He gained his doctorate from Oxford, and then served for four years in a London parish. After holding a postdoctoral research fellowship at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge, from 1993-1995, he was appointed to the faculty of Heythrop College in the University of London, where he taught systematic theology for ten years before coming to CUA in 2005. He served for two terms on the International Theological Commission (2004-2009, 2009-2014). He has participated in international Anglican-Roman Catholic and Roman Catholic-Methodist dialogue, and he has been a member of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church since 2005. He served as Acting Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA in 2014-2015.


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