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HHS Mandate

The Catholic University of America joined a lawsuit May 21 to block implementation of the mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services that would require it to provide health insurance coverage for surgical sterilization, prescription contraceptives, and drugs that cause early-stage abortions. The Jones Day law firm has filed the suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Catholic University, the Archdiocese of Washington, the Consortium of Catholic Academies, Archbishop Carroll High School, and Catholic Charities of D.C. That day President John Garvey issued a statement about the lawsuit. Segments of that statement were quoted by MSNBC, the Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.), Christian Post, and Huffington Post. Garvey was interviewed about the lawsuit by WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.), Associated Press TV, Los Angeles Times, Catholic News Service, and the National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.). He also wrote an op-ed about the separation of church and state for The Washington Post that was published online May 25 and in the Sunday Outlook section on May 27. The op-ed was subsequently published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was interviewed in a May 30 Q-and-A about the lawsuit that appeared on the website of America’s Future Foundation.

Garvey wrote a June 3 op-ed for the Chronicle of Higher Education about the lawsuit and religious liberty.

He was quoted in a June 6 Catholic San Francisco article about the history of religious freedom in the United States.

He was quoted in a June 15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about religious freedom as it was discussed during the semiannual meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. EWTN aired the meeting and Garvey’s remarks at the event were quoted in articles by the National Catholic Register, National Review Online, and Catholic News Service. Cardinal Timothy Dolan mentioned Garvey’s remarks at the meeting in a July 12 Catholic New York column.

Garvey was a guest on a special June 25 CatholicTV (Watertown, Mass.) program on religious freedom. His comments on that show were quoted in articles by the National Catholic Register and the Boston Pilot.

He was quoted in a June 30 Tablet (London) article about religious liberty and the policies regarding speakers at Catholic colleges and universities.

Garvey was interviewed July 4 on EWTN's "The World Over" to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how that ruling might affect CUA's lawsuit against the HHS mandate.

Garvey and Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College wrote a July 19 Wall Street Journal op-ed about Wheaton College and Catholic University's decision to each file a lawsuit to block the HHS mandate. The op-ed came the day after a teleconference involving Garvey and Ryken at the Becket Fund— which represents Wheaton —announcing Wheaton’s decision. Numerous news outlets covered the announcement by the leaders of the two prominent Catholic and Evangelical institutions, respectively, including the Associated Press, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, National Catholic Reporter, National Catholic Register, Fox News, the CNN “Belief Blog,” the National Review Online, WBBM Radio (Chicago), WGN Radio (Chicago), NBC Chicago, Catholic News Service, Religion News Service, Catholic News Agency, Baptist Press, Catholic World News, and

Lawrence Morris, general counsel, was interviewed about the lawsuit by Fox News on May 21 and wrote an op-ed about religious liberty for The Washington Post on May 24. He was quoted in a May 30 article about the lawsuit and interviewed about it on July 20 on "The Bishop's Hour" on KSMH-AM (Sacramento, Calif.).

Mark Rienzi, assistant professor, law, wrote a May 9 New York Times op-ed about preserving religious liberty. Rienzi was quoted in a June 28 Catholic News Service article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how that ruling may affect lawsuits against the HHS mandate. He was quoted in similar articles by Catholic News Agency/EWTN News, The Washington Post, and Fox News. He wrote a July 6 USA Today op-ed on the same topic.

Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, wrote a June 29 opinion article for The Washington Post website about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health care act. He was quoted in a June 20 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about the Fortnight for Freedom campaign to urge Catholics to act on behalf of religious liberty.



Fox News, National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.), The Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.), and Catholic News Service covered the 123rd Annual Commencement of The Catholic University of America on May 12. The Catholic Standard also profiled Alyssa M. Pellegrino of Elkridge, Md., winner of the President’s Award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior. The First Things blog and featured excerpts from Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s address. Origins (Vol. 42, No. 3) published Cardinal Dolan’s speech.



President John Garvey was featured in an Aug. 1 Catholic Spirit (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Q-and-A about Catholic higher education.



Tanith Fowler Corsi, assistant vice president for global education, was quoted in a June 11 Washington Post Express story about study-abroad options for graduate students.

Sarah Daniels, director of residence life, was quoted in a July 25 Washington Post article about shopping for and decorating residence hall rooms.

Christine Mica, dean of admissions; Tanith Fowler Corsi; and students Wiaam Al Salmi, Reef Al Shabnan, and Kenny White were interviewed for a June 20 Voice of America segment on Muslim students who attend Catholic University.

Frank Persico, vice president for University relations; Julie Dolan, writer in the Office of Public Affairs; and Victor David, a junior politics major, were interviewed for a July 5 Catholic News Service video segment on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Persico was quoted in a May 18 Washington Post article about schools that have drawn criticism for their choice of commencement speakers.

Christine Sportes, associate vice president and chief human resources officer, was quoted in an Aug. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education article about the benefits of working at a college or university.



Paul Waas, head swim coach, was quoted in a July 30 Wall Street Journal article about social media and the Olympics. 


Canon Law

Rev. Robert Kaslyn, S.J., dean, was interviewed for a June 1 “Tell Me More” segment on National Public Radio about when it is appropriate, legally and spiritually, for faith leaders and lay people to act on potentially criminal information they hear.

Monsignor Thomas Green, Stephan Kuttner Distinguished Professor of Canon Law, was quoted in a May 31 Village Voice (New York City) blog about laicization. 



Eleanor Holdridge, assistant professor and head of the M.F.A. directing program, was quoted in a May 30 Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) article about the staging of “Double Indemnity” at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md. Holdridge directed the play. Holdridge was quoted in an Aug. 21 Washington Post article about the play “Body Awareness,” which she is directing through Sept. 23 at Theater J in Washington, D.C.

Gary Sloan, associate professor, was featured in a May 20 Washington Post article about his book In Rehearsal: In the World, in the Room, and on Your Own.


Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

Stephen Schneck, director, associate professor, politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, was interviewed for an April 23 “Currents” segment about religion and the 2012 presidential election. “Currents” airs on the TV station NET NY. He was quoted in a May 16 New York Times article about controversies that have arisen over speakers invited to Catholic colleges and universities. He was interviewed for a similar National Public Radio segment on May 17. He wrote a May 23 opinion article for the U.S. Catholic magazine website about a publication by the Knights of Columbus. He was quoted in a May 25 National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.) article about a fundraiser attended by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Schneck was quoted in a June 19 National Catholic Register article about President Barack Obama’s steps toward immigration reform. He was quoted in a June 20 Washington Post article about Baltimore Archbishop William Lori. He also was quoted in a July 7 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about the topic of politics in religious sermons. He was quoted in an Aug. 13 Time magazine blog about what the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate means for religion and the presidential campaign. Schneck was quoted in an Aug. 14 National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.) article about the Indiana Senate race in this year’s election. Schneck was quoted in an Aug. 20 Washington Times article about charitable giving rates by citizens in U.S. states. He was interviewed for an Aug. 21 “All Things Considered” segment on National Public Radio about the Catholic faith of vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan and how Catholicism has impacted their cultural and political worldviews.

Robert Destro, fellow and professor, law, was quoted in a June 26 Wall Street Journal article about the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration laws and how the ruling and law may impact that state’s businesses.

Matthew Green, fellow and associate professor of politics, was quoted in a May 29 National Catholic Reporter article about the influence SuperPACs (political action committees) may have on congressional elections in 2012.

Sandra Hanson, fellow and professor of sociology, was interviewed July 13 on Wisconsin Public Radio about the American dream.

Maryann Cusimano Love, fellow and associate professor, politics, wrote an April 16 column for America magazine about finding peace after war and death. She was quoted in a June 25 Episcopal News Service article about a June 18 meeting of the members of Churches for Middle East Peace held at Catholic University.

Maria Mazzenga, fellow and education archivist, was featured in a May 30 National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.) article that focused on her work digitizing historical records found in Catholic University's Archives. She wrote an Aug. 14 article for the Religion & Politics website about the differences between vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Monsignor John Ryan, a leading 20th century social justice advocate. Mazzenga was quoted in an Aug. 15 Religion News Service article about how vice presidential candidates Ryan and Joe Biden, both Catholics, differ in their politics.

Rev. George McLean, fellow and president of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, wrote a June 22 essay for the National Catholic Reporter about the obstacles Catholics face today and how they can be addressed.

Enrique Pumar, executive committee member, and chair and associate professor, sociology, was interviewed about Cuba on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” program on Aug. 9.

Rev. Paul Sullins, fellow and associate professor of sociology, was quoted in a July 16 U.S. Catholic magazine article about Episcopal priests who have left the Anglican church to become priests in the Catholic Church.



Marshall Breger, professor, was quoted in a May 15 Jewish Telegraphic Agency news service article about partisanship in areas of foreign policy, particularly aid to Israel.

Roger Colinvaux, associate professor, was quoted in a May 16 Chronicle of Philanthropy article and a May 16 Becker’s Hospital Review article about a Congressional hearing on the amount of paperwork charities must file as required by the Internal Revenue Service.

David A. Lipton, professor and director of the Securities Law Program, was interviewed May 30 on PBS’ “Nightly Business Report” about the potential liability for Facebook and its underwriters as a result of the public offering of its stock.

Veryl Miles, professor, and Stephen Goldman, lecturer, were quoted in a May 20 Washington Post article about law schools that have developed courses focused on training students to become in-house counsels at corporations and nonprofits. Miles also was quoted in a May 14 Frederick (Md.) News-Post article about the commencement speech she gave at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Karla Simon, professor, law, a regular blogger for Alliance magazine on issues related to civil society in China, posted “Charity Law Submitted to State Council” on June 12.



Denise Puricelli, assistant professor and co-chair of the musical theatre program, was quoted in a July 25 Catholic Register (Toronto) article about the Canadian musical “Rio.” Puricelli was musical director for a two-week workshop on the musical.

Andrew Simpson, professor of music and head of the theory and composition division, was featured in a June 4 Washington Examiner article about the music he composes and plays for silent films. The July 15 edition of The Washington Post reviewed a short opera titled “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” written by Simpson and performed as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. He wrote a preview of the opera that appeared on the D.C. Metro Theatre Arts website on July 9. The June 10 issue of The Washington Post featured a review of Simpson’s original score for the silent film “The Wind,” which was performed June 9 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md. The review also was mentioned in a Washington Post classical music blog.

The Washington Post and Broadway World websites previewed the Bel Cantanti Summer Opera Festival held at Catholic University June 15 through 17. The June 17 issue of The Washington Post reviewed the performance of “Carmen” during the festival.

The Washington Post ran an Aug. 1 review of a July 31 performance at CUA that was part of the Washington International Piano Festival. 


National Catholic School of Social Service

A study conducted by Linda Plitt Donaldson, associate professor, and Mary Jeanne Verdieck, retired professor, was cited in a May 24 Huffington Post article on abuse among homeless youth. The article was written by CUA alumnus Kevin Ryan, president and CEO of Covenant House.



John Kromkowski, associate professor, and John Kenneth White, professor, were quoted in a July 29 CBS News/National Journal (Washington, D.C.) article about Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s trip to Poland as part of a foreign tour ahead of the presidential election. Kromkowski’s remarks from that article also were quoted in a July 29 Washington Times piece about Romney’s trip to Poland.

White was quoted in a May 8 Real Clear Politics online article about Americans Elect, a nonprofit group created to deliver more choices to voters in the presidential election. He was interviewed for a May 29 National Public Radio segment about the American dream. He was interviewed for a similar June 6 segment on RadioWest (Salt Lake City) that was also broadcast on Sirius XM Radio. He was interviewed in a July 27 KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) segment about the role religion will play in this year’s presidential election.


Theological College

Rev. Phillip Brown, S.S., rector, and Craig Campbell, seminarian, were quoted in an Aug. 10 Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch article about hospital residency programs for chaplain training.


Theology and Religious Studies

Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean, was featured in an Aug. 13 National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.) Q-and-A about his appointment as dean and his expertise in Eastern-rite Catholicism.

William Dinges, professor, was quoted in a article about the impact of the Catholic vote on the presidential election.

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor, was quoted in an article in the July issue of Washingtonian about one man’s daily protest outside the Vatican’s U.S. embassy in Washington, D.C.



David Bauman, a senior sociology major, and Chelsey Sterling, a junior media studies major, were quoted in a July 25 USA Today article about a group of CUA students who traveled to Israel on their way to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The students had petitioned the International Olympic Committee to hold one minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in honor of 11 Israeli athletes who were killed 40 years ago at the Munich games. Sterling also wrote a July 26 Washington Post online op-ed about the petition. Kebebe Olenja, a junior biomedical engineering major, was quoted in a similar July 19 Milford (Mass.) Daily News article about her involvement in the campaign.

Mary Rose Depperschmidt, a junior theology and religious studies major, was quoted in a July 27 Southern Maryland Newspapers Online story about a summer program that employs local youth to teach a variety of classes to children.

Ajani Gibson, a sophomore philosophy major, was quoted in a July 23 Catholic News Service article about the National Black Catholic Congress XI held July 19 in Indianapolis.

Kevin Harvey, a junior mathematics major, was quoted in a July 9 Kansas City (Mo.) Star article about a summer nuclear science program at the University of Missouri.

Charles Luckett, a seminarian at Theological College, was quoted in a June 27 Catholic News Service article about a June 24 Mass held as part of the Fortnight for Freedom for religious liberty,

David Mauldin, a master’s in social work student, wrote a May 25 opinion piece for The Washington Post about youth crime in Washington, D.C.

A July 31 article featured the energy efficient home design by Capitol D.C. Harvest, a team of students from Catholic, American, and George Washington universities, for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.


CUA in General

An April 30 Catholic News Service article detailed the American Cardinals Dinner held April 27 in Chicago.

A May 10 Washington Post blog about college wait lists mentioned CUA.