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October, 2019

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Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.
, president, was interviewed for a segment of the Feb. 9 broadcast of ABC’s “Nightline” program that addressed the question of blasphemy in light of the controversy in the Muslim world over a series of political cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.












Campus Ministry

Catholic University was featured on the Jan. 22 WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) broadcast of the evening news in a segment about area preparations for the Jan. 23 March for Life. A Jan. 22 WTTG-TV (Washington, D.C.) broadcast featured a similar segment on this annual march, with interviews of CUA students and overnight guests at CUA’s Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center.

The Jan. 26 issue of the Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) ran a story on this event that quoted Lauren Heckman, associate campus minister for women’s issues and social justice.

Canon Law

Monsignor Brian Ferme, dean, was quoted in a Jan. 29 Chicago Tribune story about a national watchdog panel that was established to study whether current Church guidelines adequately address cases of alleged clergy sexual abuse in which victims choose to deal exclusively with law enforcement rather than Church officials.

Monsignor Ronny Jenkins, assistant professor, was quoted in a Feb. 4 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, Ark.) article about miracles and the role they play in the beatification process.






Michael Dutcher, head coach, was interviewed by Newsweek magazine Jan. 18 for a story about Christian colleges whose debate programs are designed to promote their religious views.

He served as timekeeper for a Washington, D.C. mayoral debate sponsored and broadcast by local TV outlet WUSA-TV on Feb. 15. Dutcher and two CUA debate team members critiqued the debate for a WUSA-TV broadcast the following day.













The work of composer Andrew Earle Simpson, associate professor of music, librettist Sarah Brown Ferrario, visiting assistant professor of Greek and Latin, and the CUA cast of “The Furies” was praised in a Feb. 14 Washington Post review of the third installment of Simpson and Brown’s operatic trilogy. “The Furies” was presented Feb. 9-12 at Ward Recital Hall.








Dennis Coyle
, associate professor, gave an interview which aired Jan. 24 on ABC's Nightline on the significance of having five Catholic justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.


He was interviewed Jan. 31 by The Denver Post about the impact Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. may have on the Supreme Court.

John Kenneth White, professor, gave an interview on the Feb. 9 broadcast of the CNN program “Lou Dobbs Tonight” about President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address and the Democratic response to it. He gave commentary following the address to Air America Radio (New York) and the British Broadcasting Company (London) on Feb. 9.


The First Five Years of the Priesthood, a 2002 book by Dean Hoge, professor, was cited in a Jan 9. article on the priest shortage in the United States that appeared on the front page of the National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.).

Theology and Religious Studies

Monsignor Kevin Irwin
, dean and professor, was quoted in a Jan. 25 New York Times article about Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical.

Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C.
, professor, was quoted in a Jan. 30 article about Christian love as the basis of the first encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI. The article appeared in Rumbo (San Antonio) ­­— a daily publication targeted to the Hispanic community in Texas.

Rev. Paul McPartlan, visiting associate professor, was quoted in the Jan. 27 issue of the National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.) about the Catholic Church’s efforts to promote ecumenical dialogue and Christian unity during the past 50 years.

Rev. Raymond Studzinski, O.S.B., associate professor, participated in a Feb. 15 interview with the Christian Science Monitor (Boston) about monastic life in the Catholic Church today.

Vitreous State Laboratory

Miguel Penafiel, quality assurance administrator, was quoted in a Feb. 23 Washington Post article about a group of Northeast Washington, D.C., residents who have demanded that a cell phone tower recently erected in their neighborhood be dismantled. Penafiel is a CUA physics department researcher who, together with Theodore Litovitz, professor emeritus of physics, has been studying biological changes induced by exposure to electromagnetic radiation for the past 15 years.

CUA in General

George Garvey
, vice provost and dean for graduate studies, participated in a Jan. 26 interview for the Ave Maria Radio (Ann Arbor, Mich.) program "Kresta in the Afternoon." He spoke on the topic of the intersection of Catholic social teaching and the auto industry in America in light of recent layoffs by Ford Motors.

Helene Robertson
, director of international student and scholar services, was quoted in a Jan. 13 United Press International (Washington, D.C.) story about the Bush administration’s attempts to stem a recent drop in foreign student enrollment in U.S. schools.


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