Senior Fellows

Dr. James C. Kruggel

Dr. James C. Kruggel is adjunct professor of theology at The Catholic University of America Metropolitan School of Professional studies. He is also adjunct professor of theology at Catholic Distance University. For eight years, he was the acquisitions editor for philosophy and theology at The Catholic University of America Press. He has also taught graduate-level theology courses for the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Kruggel is a systematic theologian specializing in the theology of Divine revelation, and the relationship of faith and reason. How can theology best combine a scholastic approach, that is starting from looking at the world, and a personalistic approach, starting from the person as knower and actor? He is also interested in Christology, the Trinity, and the intellectual relationship of Christianity and Islam. 

Dr. Kruggel holds his PhD from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His dissertation is entitled Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium in the Teaching of Vatican II. He argues that there is a continuity of intellectual realism in the Church’s conception of revelation as taught before, by, and after Vatican II.

Dr. Kruggel lives in Washington, DC. He is a native of Rochester, New York, and holds degrees from Miami University of Ohio and Franciscan University. He has made academic presentations at universities, and has offered numerous parish presentations on a wide variety of theological topics.

MA (Theology) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio
PhD (Historical and Systemic Theology) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Curriculum Vitae



The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. Doctor of Philosophy in Historical and

Systematic Theology.  Dissertation entitled "Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium

In the Teaching of the Second Vatican Council.”  Successful Defense on February 15,

2013. Graduated on May 18, 2013.


Graduate-Level Coursework at Catholic University:


The Trinity in Western Tradition

Liturgical Sources

The Spiritual Senses of Scripture

Theology and Hermeneutics

New Testament Christology

Magisterium & Infallibility

Theology of God in Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Contra Gentiles

Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Church as Communion

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

Contemporary Problems in Ecclesiology

Sex and Virtue Theology

The Resurrection in Contemporary Theology

Christianity and Moral Reason


Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, Master of Arts in Theology, completed August

            1996, graduated May 1997.  Passed comprehensive finals with honors (average 97%)


Graduate-Level Coursework at Franciscan University:


Biblical Foundations
Teachings of Vatican II

Historical Foundations

Theological Foundations

New Testament Writings:  The Book of Romans

Magisterium and Morality

Fathers & Doctors—Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Sin, Conversion, and Evangelism

Theology of Suffering

Church Renewal

Theological Anthropology

Biblical Teaching on Marriage and Family


University of Kansas, two semesters in Master of Arts program in Public Administration, 18

credits, 1990.


Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Journalism

with Minor in German, graduated cum laude May 1990.


Greece Arcadia High School, Rochester, NY, graduated 1986 in top 10% of class.



Work Experience


The Catholic University of America Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, adjunct professor, 2005-present. Metropolitan School courses include use of CUA Blackboard Online Classroom technology. Undergraduate 3-credit courses taught include:


            --MRE 490, Topics in Religion: Theology of Liturgy: Christian Worship Fall 2011,

                        Fall 2013.

            --MRE 490, Topics in Religion: The Trinity, Fall 2015 (in entirely-online format),

                        Spring 2010

            --MRE 490, Topics in Religion: Vatican II and Contemporary Christianity, Fall 2009

            --MRE 490, Topics in Religion: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Beliefs about Divine

                        Revelation, Spring 2008

            --MRE 490, Topics in Religion: Christology, Summer 2009

            --MRE 481, World Religions, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring

                        2013, Fall 2014. Scheduled to teach in March 2016.

            --MRE 450, Theology and Social Mores: Church, State, and Society, Spring 2005,

                        Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2015

            --MRE 447, Theology of Marriage and Family, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2008,

                        Fall 2010, Spring 2013. Taught in 2007 in entirely online format.  

            --MRE 424, Theology, Science, and Technology, Spring 2005. Co-taught with a


            --MRE 175, Introduction to Catholic Tradition, Summer 2006. Taught in an entirely-

                        online format.

            --MID 100, Critical Thinking and Logic, Fall 2005 and Spring 2006.

            --MRE 100, The Old Testament, Fall 2016.


The Catholic Distance University, Charles Town, WV, Adjunct Professor of Theology,

Spring 2015 to present. Graduate 3-credit courses taught include:


            --THEO 510, Revelation and Faith, taught January 2015, March 2015, September

                        2015, March 2016, and Fall 2016. Scheduled for Spring 2017.

            --THEO 617, Evidence for God’s Existence from Philosophy and Physics, Spring 2016.

                        Scheduled for Spring 2017.


The Catholic University of America Press, Acquisitions Editor for Theology and Philosophy,

2006-2014. Responsible for selecting submitted manuscripts, and soliciting manuscripts, for the Press to submit for peer review and propose for selection for publication by the Editorial Committee of eight Catholic University faculty. The acquisitions editor also represents CUA Press at academic conferences, to meet with potential and existing authors, and staff a sales booth. In addition, I oversaw the launch of the upcoming CUA Sacra Doctrina theology textbook series.


Education for Parish Service training program for adult catechists, instructor, spring 2006.

            Co-taught Church History course, covering portion from 1550s to the present, in

            April-May 2006.


Franciscan University of Steubenville, adjunct lecturer in theology, 2004-.  Some summers I

have taught a graduate-level 3-credit theology course for their summer program, in three-week intensive format.


            -- THE 740, Topics in Theology: Christian and Islamic Doctrines of God, summer


            -- THE 740, Topics in Theology: The Trinity in Aquinas and Augustine, summer 2006.

            -- THE 740, Topics in Theology: Christian Theological Anthropology and Islam,

                        summer 2005

            --THE 740, Topics in Theology: The Relationship of Scripture, Tradition, and the

                        Magisterium in the Teaching of Vatican II and Postconciliar Magisterial Teaching, summer 2004.


Keith Fritz Fine Cabinetmakers, Various Duties, 2002--2005.  Administrative assistant and

purchasing, simple woodworking tasks, product design and drafting, for custom-design-

and-build fine furniture maker then based in the District of Columbia.


United States Department of Commerce (DOC), Graduate Research Intern, June 1999 to 

June 2002.  Research staffer in charge of student outreach programs for the National Medal of Technology Program of the US Technology Administration, at DOC main offices in Washington, DC.  Also event planning and management, helped run 1999 and 2000 National Medal of Technology Awards events.


The Catholic University Department of Theology, Research Assistant to Fr. Patrick Granfield,

OSB, professor of Systematic Theology, 1996-1999.  Major project was assisting with

the research and editing of book The Theology of the Church (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist,

1999), which Fr. Granfield co-authored with Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ.


Catholic University Mullen Library, desk attendant, 1996-1999.


Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED), clerical temporary via Manpower

Temporary Services, 1998.  Wrote short biographies of CUED conference attendees,

entered data, assembled conference packets and notebooks.


The Catholic Campaign for America, research assistant, 1997-1998.  Wrote articles for, and

helped edit, The Call to Care: Sources in the Debate on Physician-Assisted Suicide.


Franciscan University Student Life Office, Graduate Assistant to Director of Student

Outreach, 1995-1996.  Assisted Fr. Larry Uhlman, TOR, with administration of student

community service-group Works of Mercy.



Potential Theology Courses


With ordinary preparation work I could teach subjects such as the following:


Theology of Divine Revelation, introductory or some topic classes on the subject.


Christology, introductory or some topic classes in the subject.


Theology of the Trinity, introductory or some topic classes in the subject


Theology of the One God, introductory or some topic classes in the subject


Ecclesiology, introductory or some topic classes in the subject.


Moral Theology, introductory or some topic classes in the subject.


World Religions, introductory or some topic classes on the subject.


Islam, introductory course or topic course on dialogue with Christian anthropology or

theology of revelation.


Teachings of Vatican II


General introduction to Catholicism or to Catholic theology.



Publications, Presentations & Interviews


“The Person of Christ the Revealer: A Potential Theological Principle to Integrate Personal,

            Cosmological, and Historical Aspects of Divine Revelation? Explorations” article to be completed early 2017 for submission for review for publication.


“Dei Verbum: God’s Word in Tradition and Scripture,” presentation for Christ the Redeemer

            Parish, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 31, 2015.


“The Relationship of Religion and Social Work,” co-presentation with Malca R. Gottlieb, MSW,

            for the Catholic University of America National Catholic School of Social Service,

            Professional Education and Training, March 24, 2014.


“Context for Discussion about Pope Francis: Modernity, Postmodernity, Vatican II, and

            Forms of Intellectual Realism.” Presentation given for St. James Catholic Church, Mt.

            Rainier, Maryland, January 12, 2014


“The Message of Vatican II: God’s Word of Salvation in the Spirit.” Presentation given for

            St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rockville, Maryland, February 20, 2013, and St. James

            Catholic Church, February 15, 2013.


“The Resurrected Christ and Christian Eschatology: The Shape of Things to Come.”

            Presentation given for St. James Catholic Church, Mt. Rainier, Maryland, January

            15, 2012


“Saint Antony of the Desert: Martyrdom in Asceticism, for Love of Christ and Church.”
            Presentation given for St. James Church, Mt. Rainier, Maryland, March 20, 2011.


“Saint Francis de Sales: Living the Fire of Christian Charity in Daily Life.” Presentation

            given for St. James Church, Mt. Rainier, Maryland, May 2, 2010.


“Noah and the Flood: Text and Typology,” Presentation given for St. James Catholic Church,

            Mt. Rainier, Maryland, March 7, 2010.


“Caritas in Veritate: Development as a Vocation of the Whole Person,” Presentation given for

            St. James Catholic Church, Mt. Rainier, Maryland, September 13, 2009.


 “Saint Paul on the Jews: A People Chosen to Serve God’s Plan of Salvation,” Presentation given

            for St. James Catholic Church, Mt. Rainier, Maryland, May 13, 2009.


“Charisms and the Lay Faithful: St. Paul and Pope John Paul II.” Presentation given at Holy

            Spirit Catholic Church, Annandale, Virginia, on November 2, 2008, and at St. James

            Catholic Church, Mt. Rainier, Maryland, on December 7, 2008.


“Spe Salvi: Christian Hope and the Contemporary World” Presentation given at St. James

            Catholic Church, Mt. Rainier, Maryland, April 13, 2008.


“Sons and Daughters of God? Considering Islam and Christian Theology of the Human Being.”

            Presentation given for the Washington Catholic Forum, a lay charitable and social

            organization, Washington, DC, on November 10, 2005. Presentation also given for St.

            Ann’s Catholic Church, Washington, DC, September 11, 2006.


 “Existence by Design? St. Thomas Aquinas’ Philosophy of Science and Contemporary

            Intelligent-Design Theory.” Lecture presented to faculty and students at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, on November 17, 2005.


“Dei Verbum: What’s the Word? Vatican II’s Teaching on How God Converses With Us.”

            Presentation made to six classes of high school sophomores and seniors at Our Lady of

            Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Maryland, Sept. 21-22, 2005.


“Theological Sonship:  Analysis of An Islamic Theological-Anthropological Portrait in light of

            Christian Theological Sonship and Robert Sokolowski’s View of  “The Christian

            Distinction.”  Lecture presented to faculty and students at the Franciscan University of

            Steubenville, Ohio, November 3, 2004.


"Divine Revelation and Biblical Exegesis: The Pontifical Biblical Commission’s The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church in light of Dei Verbum Ch. 2 and Colossians 1:15-20."  Lecture             presented to faculty and students at the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, March 26, 2004.


Panelist on “Catholic Answers: Open Line Sunday” with David Higbee, WDCZ 102.7 FM,

            Rochester, New York, March 11, 2000.  Topic:  Theology of Lent.



Professional Memberships


The Catholic Theological Society of America, Member.


Academy of Catholic Theology, Member.


American Academy of Religion, Member.


Approved Reviewer of Texts for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee

            on Evangelization and Catechesis, Subcommittee on the Catechism, as approved by

            Subcommittee Chairman Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, February

            12, 2014.





Voted Instructor of the Year by students of CUA Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, Spring 2013.


3.7 Cumulative GPA in graduate classes at Catholic University


3.8 Cumulative GPA at Franciscan University.


3.67 Cumulative GPA at University of Kansas


3.57 cumulative GPA at Miami University


Johannes Quasten Scholarship, Catholic University.


Research Assistantship, Catholic University.


“Outstanding Male Senator” Award, Franciscan University Student Government, spring 1995.


Ethan Allen Scholarship, University of Kansas, 1990.


Howard White Award  “for outstanding scholarship and service,” Miami University Political

Science Department, spring 1990.


Distinguished Student Achievement Recognition, Miami University College of Arts and

Sciences, spring 1990.


President’s List , Miami University (4.0 semester GPA), 1988.


Dean’s List , Miami University (3.5+ semester GPA), 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990.


Alpha Lambda Delta and Pi Eta Sigma freshman honoraries, Miami University, inducted




Personal and Extracurricular Activities and Interests


Parishioner at St. James Parish, Mt. Rainier, Maryland. 


Leader of Papal encyclical study group for young professionals at the Heights School, Potomac,

            MD, 2015-2016.


Catholic University Theological Students Association, Chair of Speakers Series, 1998-2000,

            assistant to Speakers Series, 1996-1998. Made contacts and arrangements and hosted

            lectures.  Hosted speakers such as Marina Herrera, Robin Darling Young, Fr. Ron

            Roberson, Karl Donfried, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, and Fr. Thomas Dubay.


Artist specializing in pencil and pen & ink drawings and cartoons.


Fitness activities including weightlifting and team sports.