Rev. Richard P. McBrien
Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Roman Catholic Theology
Areas of Expertise
Ecclesiology, religion and politics, and the theological, doctrinal and spiritual dimensions of Catholicism
A priest of the archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., Father McBrien has been a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1980 and served as chair of the theology department from 1980 to 1991. His scholarly interests include ecclesiology, the relationship between religion and politics, and the theological, doctrinal and spiritual dimensions of the Catholic tradition. He is author or editor of numerous books including “Catholicism,” “Church: the Continuing Quest,” “Caesar’s Coin: Religion and Politics in America,” “Lives of the Popes” and “Lives of the Saints.” He also was general editor of “The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism.” In addition to writing a syndicated weekly theology column for the Catholic press since 1966, Father McBrien often comments on the Catholic church for television and radio programs.