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Manfred Spieker is professor of Christian social sciences at the Institute of Catholic Theology at the University of Osnabrück, where he has taught since 1983. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Catholic social teaching and is widely regarded as one of Germany's leading thinkers and commentators on Catholic social thought. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Valparaiso in Chile (1988), the Faculty of Catholic Theology in Erfurt (1991), and Vilnius University (1998). He is also President of the Association Internationale pour l'Enseignement Social Chrétien and has served as an advisor to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Germany.