Family Research Council Fellow Awarded Pope Pius XI Award

Scholar Receives Recognition for "Building up of a True Catholic Social Science"

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ROME, Nov. 2, 2012 (Zenit.org).- A senior fellow and director of Marriage and Religion at the Family Research Council has been honored with the Society of Catholic Social Scientists' Pope Pius XI Award.

A psychologist by profession, Ireland-born Dr. Patrick F. Fagan received the award on account of his "contributions towards building up of a true Catholic Social Science."

Since 1995, The Society of Catholic Social Scientists has awarded the Pope Pius XI Award to scholars whose efforts have contributed to building up a true Catholic social science, resuming the charge given to Catholic scholars by Pius XI, who served as Roman Pontiff for 17 years until his death in 1939.

The first scholar to receive this award is the late founder of Christendom College, Dr. Warren H. Carroll. Other recipients include Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard and Notre Dame Prof. Gerard Bradley.

The Marriage and Religion at the Family Research Council (MARRI), of which Dr. Fagan is senior fellow and director, is an institute that examines social science data in order to study the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America's social problems.
Family Research Council President, Tony Perkins made the following remarks on the award: Armed with a Ph.D. and many years of academic and professional experience, Pat's Marriage and Religion Research Institute, headquartered here at FRC, is on the leading edge of demonstrating that 'the social sciences well done cannot but illustrate the way God made man.'

"Pat's extraordinary work," Perkins continued, "which is devoted to understanding how the biblical model of the family sustains and strengthens culture and society, places him in the highest tier of American social scientists. "Congratulations, Dr. Fagan," concluded Perkins, "and keep up your important work."