The Catholic University of America

Rev. Msgr. Paul McPartlan, S.T.L., D.Phil.   
– Ordinary Professor of Historical and SystematicTheology
– Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism



Paul McPartlan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster (UK) and Carl J. Peter Professor 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 post-doctoral 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). A member of the International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church since 2005, he has participated in international Anglican-Roman Catholic and Roman Catholic-Methodist dialogue, also. He was appointed as a papal chaplain by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, and served as Acting Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA in 2014-2015.

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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6515
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecclesiology

  • Eucharist

  • Vatican II

  • Ecumenism

Latest Publications

‘A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist, and Church Unity. New edition with a Postscript (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2016).
‘Primacy and Eucharist: Recent Catholic Perspectives’, in John Chryssavgis, ed.,  Primacy in the Church: The Office of Primate and the Authority of Councils, vol.1 (Yonkers NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2016), pp.217-236.



HSTR 203 The Church: Community and Institution

TRS 364 The Catholic Church and Ecumenism

TRS 641B Eucharist

TRS 641D Ordained Ministries

TRS 728K Vatican II: History and Theology

TRS 765B Ecumenical Theology

TRS 766C Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

TRS 862C Eucharist and Church

TRS 864C Theology and Ecology



Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae