Thomas Doyle was born August 3, 1944 in Sheboygan WI, the son of
Michael Doyle and Doris Mellenthein. He was baptized Patrick Michael
Doyle. He is the eldest of three children. He attended primary and
secondary school in Ogdensburg NY and Cornwall, Ontario. Undergraduate
studies were at Wadhams Hall College, Ogdensburg NY, and Loras College,
Dubuque, Iowa. In August, 1964 he entered the Dominican novitiate
at Winona MN and was given the religious name of Thomas. He pronounced
simple vows on August 16, 1965 and solemn vows on August 16, 1968.
Graduate studies in philosophy and theology took place at Aquinas
Institute of Philosophy, River Forest IL and Aquinas Institute of
Theology, Dubuque IA respectively. He pursued graduate studies in
Political Science at the University of Wisconsin and graduate studies
in Canon Law at the Gregorian University, Rome, Catholic University
of America, the University of Ottawa and St. Paul's University,
Ottawa. He was ordained a Catholic priest in the Dominican Order
on May 16, 1970 in Dubuque, IA. Although he has had only one assignment
as a full-time parish priest in civilian parishes, he has consistently
worked in parishes on a part-time basis since the time of ordination
to the priesthood.
After completing graduate work in theology and several months
of clinical pastoral training, he was assigned as an associate pastor
in River Forest IL. In 1974 he was appointed an advocate for the
Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 1978 he
was appointed a judge in the same tribunal. In 1981 he was asked
to serve as secretary-canonist at the Vatican embassy in Washington
D.C., a post which he held until early, 1986. On June 16, 1986 he
was commissioned a reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force. His reserve
Air Force assignments were at Dover AFB, Dover DE and Andrews AFB,
Maryland. Air Force training took place at Lackland AFB, Texas and
Maxwell AFB in Alabama. His active duty assignments have been at
Grissom AFB, IN, Hurlburt Field, FL, Lajes Field, Azores, Tinker
AFB, OK and Ramstein AB, Germany.
He has had extensive teaching experience in Canon law as a visiting
lecturer at Catholic University of America and the Chicago Theological
Union. He has also been a lecturer at the Matrimonial tribunal Institutes
of Catholic University of America and Mundelein Seminary as well
as at the Institute for Spirituality in River Forest IL.
As a member of the canon law Society of America he served one
term as member of the board of governors and three terms as chairman
of the Marriage Research Committee. He was asked by the society
to be the author of the section on marriage in the commentary prepared
on the revised Code of Canon Law. He was also asked by the Commission
for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law of the
Holy See to prepare the footnotes on marriage for the annotated
edition of the Code of Canon Law.
Fr. Doyle has given lectures and seminars on various aspects of
Church Law throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and New
Zealand. These have included topics in the areas of matrimonial
jurisprudence, procedural law, penal law, religious law, property
law as well as the theology of marriage among others. In 1986 he
was the featured lecturer at the annual convention of the Canon
Law Society of Australia and New Zealand.
In late 1984 he became involved with the issue of sexual abuse
of children by Catholic clergy while serving at the Vatican Embassy.
Since that time he has developed an expertise in the canonical and
pastoral dimensions of this problem. He has worked with victims
of abuse and their families, priests accused of abuse, bishops and
superiors of religious institutes on this issue. He has developed
policies and procedures for dealing with cases of sexual abuse by
the clergy for dioceses and religious orders in the United States,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In the capacity as an expert
in this area, he has delivered lectures and seminars for clergy
and lay groups throughout the U.S. In 1989 he appeared as an expert
witness before the legislature of the State of Pennsylvania concerning
that State's child protective legislation. He has also served and
continues to serve as a consultant/court expert in cases of alleged
sexual abuse by the clergy throughout the United States, Canada,
Ireland, Israel and the United Kingdom.
B.A. Philosophy, Aquinas Institute of Philosophy, River Forest,
IL , 1966
M.A. Philosophy, Aquinas Institute of Philosophy, River Forest,
Dissertation: "Organized Religion in Marxist-Leninist Philosophy."
M.A. Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1971,
Dissertation: "Vladimir Lenin's Theory of Social Revolution."
M.A. Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque, Iowa, 1971,Dissertation:
"Liberation Theology in the Context of Social Needs in South
M. Ch.A. Administration, Catholic University of America, Washington,
M.A. Canon Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 1977
Dissertation: "The Canonical and Legal Foundation of the Dominican
Order in Canada."
J.C.L. Pontifical Licentiate in Canon Law. St. Paul University,
J.C.D. Pontifical Doctorate in Canon Law. Catholic University of
America, Washington, D.C., 1978. Dissertation: "Marital Fidelity
in the Canonical Tradition of the Catholic Church."
Diploma: Squadron officers School, Air University, May, 1996
Diploma: United States Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School,
Diploma: Air Command and Staff College, Air University, July 5,
2001- Chaplain, USAF, Ramstein AB, Germany
1997 -01 Chaplain, USAF, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
1995 -97 Chaplain, USAF, Lajes Field, Azores
1993 -95 Chaplain, USAF, Hurlburt Field, Florida
1990 -93 Chaplain, USAF, Grissom AFB, Indiana
1991-93 Tribunal Judge, Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana
1993-95 Tribunal Judge, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and Archdiocese
for the Military Services, U.S.A.
1986-90 Tribunal Judge and Special Assistant to the Archbishop,
Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A.
1986-90 Tribunal Judge, Diocese of Scranton, PA.
1981-86 Secretary-Canonist, Vatican Embassy, Washington, D.C.
1981-86 Visiting Lecturer in Canon Law, Catholic University of
America, Washington, D.C.
1979-86 Faculty Member, Midwest tribunal Institute, Mundelein
Seminary, Mundelein, IL.
1978-86 Faculty Member, Tribunal Institute of the Catholic University
of America, Washington, D.C.
1979-81 Visiting Lecturer in Canon Law, Catholic Theological Union,
1978-81 Tribunal Judge, Archdiocese of Chicago, IL.
1974-78 Advocate and Defender of the Bond, Tribunal, Archdiocese
of Chicago, IL.
1978-85 Faculty member, Institute of Spirituality, River Forest
1971-74 Associate Pastor, St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, River Forest
1970-71 Graduate Student , Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque,
1966-70 Theological studies, Aquinas Institute of Theology
OTHER POSITIONS HELD
1983-85 Consultant to the Canonical Affairs Committee of the National
Conference of Catholic Bishops
1978-81 Member, Board of Governors, Canon Law Society of America
1979-86 Chairman, Marriage research Committee, Canon law Society
1979-86 Editor, Marriage Studies, Washington D.C.
1982-88 Weekly columnist, Arlington Catholic Herald
1988-90 Consultant to the Canonical Affairs Committee of the National
Conference of Catholic Bishops
1986 Director of the Institute of Spirituality, River Forest,
1971 Clinical Pastoral Training, Minnesota State Prison
1. Comrades in Revolution. Dayton: Pflaum Press, 1969.
2. The Understanding of the "Bonum Fidei" in the Church's
Canonical Tradition. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America,
3. Rights and Responsibilities in the Church. New York: Pueblo
4. The Homilist's Guide to Scripture, Theology and Canon Law. (With
John Burke, O.P.), New York: Pueblo Press, 1987.
5. The Code of Canon Law: A Commentary. Leesburg VA: Catholic Home
Study Institute, 1988.
6. Christian Marriage. Leesburg VA: Catholic Home Study Institute,
7. Meeting the Problem of Sexual Abuse Among the Clergy in a Responsible
Way. (With Michael Peterson, M.D. and F. Ray Mouton, J.D.), Suitland
MD: St. Luke Institute, 1985.
1. "A New Look at the 'Bonum Fidei'," Studia Canonica
2. "The Individual's Right to marry in the Context of the
Common Good." Studia Canonica 13(1979), 245-302.
3. "Marital Breakdown: The Experience of the Tribunal."
The Priest, September 1981.
4, "The Obligation of the Divine Office." The Priest,
5. "The Contemporary Challenge to Christian Marriage."
The Priest, November and December, 1981.
6. "Why Some Catholics Get Divorced." U.S. Catholic,
7. "The Effects of Marital Disintegration on Children."
The Priest, June, 1981.
8. "The Relationship of Canon law to the Catholic Family."
The Priest, February, 1983.
9. "Sacramental Theology: Where We Are Today." The Priest,
10. "The Sacraments in the New Code." The Priest, November
and December, 1984.
11. "The Contemporary Challenge to the Christian Family."
The Exchange, Winter, 1980.
12. "The Internal Forum Solution." Phoenix, Summer, 1982.
13. "The Roman Catholic Church and Mixed Marriages."
Ecumenical Trends, June, 1985.
14. "The Moral Inseparability of the Unitive and Procreative
Aspects of Human Sexual Intercourse." Monitor Ecclesiasticus,
15. "The Canonical Status of Religious Institutes: Additional
Considerations." Studia Canonica 18(1984), 347-364.
16. "The Church and Marital Breakdown." Listening 15(1980),
17. "The Canonical Foundations for Pre-Marital Preparation."
Marriage Studies, Vol. 1, Washington D.C.: Canon law Society of
America, 1980, 65-77.
18. "Select Bibliography on the Sacrament of Marriage."
Marriage Studies, Vol. 1, Washington D.C.: Canon law Society of
America, 1980, 78-101.
19. "The Competent Forum, Matrimonial Trials and Norm 7 of
the American procedural Norms," Marriage Studies, Vol. 1, Washington
D.C., Canon Law Society of America, 1980, 102-143.
20. "Matrimonial Jurisprudence in the United States."
Marriage Studies, Vol. 2, Washington D.C.: Canon law Society of
America, 1982, 111-158.
21. "The Moral Inseparability of the Unitive and procreative
Aspects of Sexual Intercourse in the Thought of Pope John Paul II."
Marriage Studies, Vol. 3, Washington, D.C.: Canon Law Society of
22. "The Catholic Church and Marital Breakdown." The
New Catholic World, February, 1986.
23. "The Canonical Status of Religious Institutes." Monitor
Ecclesiasticus 110(1985), 227-245.
24. "The Theology of Marriage." Studia Canonica, 20(1986).
25. "More on the Canonical Status of Religious Institutes."
26. "The Dignity of the Human Person in the Thought of John
Paul II." Social Thought, 1987.
27. "The Clergy in Court: Clergy Malpractice." The Priest,
January and February, 1987.
28. "Faith and the Sacrament of Marriage." Proceedings
of the Australian Canon law Society, 1987.
29. "Marriage." in The Code of Canon law: A Text and
Commentary. New York: Paulist Press, 1985. P. 737-834.
30. "Ministry to the Military: Valid or Not." The Priest,
31. "Military Marriages: Some Special problems." Studia
32. "Military Marriages." Military Chaplain's Review,
33. "The Christian Vocation of Marriage." Handbook on
Critical Sexual Issues. St. Louis: Pope John XXIII Center. 1983.
34. "The Clergy in Court: recent Developments." The Priest,
July and August, 1990.
35. "Canon Law." 336 entries on Canon Law topics in The
Concise Catholic Encyclopedia, Huntington IN: Our Sunday Visitor
36. "The Rights of Priests Accused of Sexual Misconduct."
Studia Canonica 24(1990).
37. "Canon Law." 274 entries in The Concise Catholic
Dictionary, Huntington IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1993.
38. "Healing the Pain." The Blue Book. Annual Proceedings
of the National Catholic Council on Alcohol and Drug Related Problems,
39. “Privileged Communications in the Military.” Hurlburt
Field, FL, Chaplain Resource Board.
40. “Privileged Communications and Military Chaplains.”
USAF Chaplain Resource Board
41. “Roman Catholic Clericalism, Religious Duress and Clergy
Sexual Abuse.” Pastoral Psychology, 51(2003).
42. “Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse Meets the Civil Law.”
Fordham Urban Law Journal Mar 2003
43. “Abrogation of trust in the Catholic Church,” Association
of Humanistic Psychology Journal Dec 2002/January 2003.
Canon law Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Canon law Society of Australia and New Zealand
Canadian Canon law Society
Societe Internationale de Droit Canonique
National Rifle Association
Titanic Historical Society
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Warbirds of America
Experimental Aircraft Association
Phi Alpha delta law Fraternity
Professional Association of Dive Instructors
MILITARY AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
National Defense Medal (2x)
NATO Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2x)
Humanitarian Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
US Army Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (3x)
Meritorious Service Medal (2x)
“Most Distinguished Graduate,” US Navy Drug and Alcohol
Winner of the 1992 Cavallo Award for Moral Courage in Government
Major, United States Air Force, Active Duty
Member, Order of the Desert Legion (US Army)
FAA licensed pilot, multi-engine, commercial and instrument rated
P.A.D.I. certified Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster, Rescue Diver
“Priest of Integrity Award” from Voice of the Faithful,
“Isaac Hecker Award” for contributions to Justice,