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Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would step down Feb. 28. A number of CUA administrators and faculty members discussed the pope’s resignation in the media, including:
- John Garvey, University President, who was interviewed by MSNBC, WUSA-TV, and WTTG-TV. He wrote an op-ed about why the pope resigned for the National Review Online. Segments from his statement about the resignation were quoted in The Washington Times, Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency/EWTN News, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He was quoted in a Catholic News Agency/EWTN News article about the impact Pope Benedict XVI left on Catholic education.
- Joseph Capizzi, associate professor, moral theology and ethics, was interviewed by Bloomberg News.
- William D’Antonio, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and adjunct professor, sociology, was interviewed by The Washington Post, CNN, and the New Haven (Conn.) Register.
- Joanna Gardner, a senior English major, was interviewed by USA Today.
- Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S.S. Professor of Liturgical Studies, was interviewed by The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN, WTTG-TV, and CBS New York.
- Rev. Robert Kaslyn, S.J., dean, canon law, was interviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
- Kurt Martens, associate professor, canon law, was interviewed by WUSA-TV, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Times, BBC Radio, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, WMAL News, Radio 1 (Brussels), De Standaard (Brussels), De Tijd (Brussels), Veja (São Paulo, Brazil), and KSRO AM (Sonoma County, Calif.).
- Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, was interviewed by The Washington Times and BBC World News America.
- Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean, theology and religious studies, was interviewed by ABC News/Yahoo News’ “Around the World with Christiane Amanpour,” “ABC News Now Special Report,” PBS’ “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly,” The Washington Times, WAMU-FM's "The Diane Rehm Show," WJLA-TV, and WTOP Radio.
- Victor Nakas, associate vice president for public affairs, was interviewed by the Washington Business Journal.
- Chad Pecknold, assistant professor, historical and systematic theology, was interviewed on POTUS, a politics program on Sirius XM, and Capital (Sofia, Bulgaria).
- Kenneth Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, was interviewed by the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg News, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) TV, and WTTG-TV.
- Frank Persico, vice president for university relations and chief of staff, was interviewed by 1010 WINS Radio in New York City.
- Rev. Anthony J. Pogorelc, S.S., Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and director of pastoral formation at Theological College, was interviewed by KCBS Radio (San Francisco).
- Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor, pastoral studies, was interviewed by CBC TV.
- Christopher Ruddy, associate professor, historical and systematic theology, was interviewed by PBS “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly,” Fox News, The Washington Times, WUSA-TV, WTTG-TV, Hearst TV, and The Baltimore Sun.
- Stephen Schneck, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, was interviewed by Agence France-Presse.
- Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship, business and economics, wrote articles for the Huffington Post. He was interviewed by CNN.com and CNN's "Situation Room."
The Feb. 1 edition of Origins, the documentary service of Catholic News Service, published President John Garvey’s remarks delivered to CUA students before they embarked on the 40th annual March for Life.
Garvey was interviewed for a Feb. 8 segment of CatholicTV’s “Clear Voice” program about CUA’s role in the annual March for Life. Jamila Evans, associate campus minister for women's ministry and social justice, and sophomore Tyler Lomnitzer also were interviewed for the segment.
He was interviewed for a Feb. 15 Catholic News Service video segment about how promoting immigration reform can be a form of almsgiving during Lent.
Garvey wrote a Feb. 24 New York Post op-ed about recent discussion of the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive rules.
Brian Alexander, director of energy and environmental systems, was quoted in a Feb. 1 Catholic Ecology blog article about CUA’s sustainability efforts.
Architecture and Planning
NBC 4, WTOP Radio, Capital News Service, and WNEW Radio covered the beginning of construction on a house for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international sustainable home competition. Students from the School of Architecture and Planning are involved in the project.
A Feb. 13 Associated Press article highlighted the success of the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Quoted in the article were coaches Matt Donohue (women’s team) and Steve Howes (men’s team) as well as players Shawn Holmes, Chris Kearney, Jenny McGann, and Katarina Owunna.
Rev. Jude DeAngelo, University chaplain and director of campus ministry, and Amanda Ceraldi, a junior theology major, were quoted in a Feb. 21 Arlington (Va.) Catholic Herald article about how students are living the prayer of St. Francis during Lent.
Kurt Martens, associate professor, was quoted in a Jan. 31 Catholic News Agency story about a letter by the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph that urged the National Catholic Reporter newspaper to reestablish its fidelity to the Church. The newspaper is headquartered in that diocese. He spoke about the same topic on Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel “Seize the Day” program on Feb. 4.
A Feb. 22 review of “Brutus” on the D.C. Metro Theater Arts website described the production as “an interesting look at the line between personal and political relationships as well as the dangers of dynasty.”
Jerry Muller, chair and professor, wrote an article titled “Capitalism and Inequality” for the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations.
Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies
Stephen Schneck, director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, was quoted in a Feb. 1 New York Times article about the Obama administration’s proposed rule changes following promises of an accommodation to the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act. He was quoted in a Feb. 6 Associated Press article about how support for immigration reform by Catholic bishops may be altered because immigration-related proposals by the Obama administration would recognize same-sex partners. He was interviewed Feb. 25 by Odyssey Networks about the looming sequester, which would result in automatic federal spending cuts.
Maryann Cusimano Love, fellow and associate professor of politics, wrote a Feb. 5 op-ed for The Washington Post about whether the use of drones is legal and moral.
Mark Rienzi, assistant professor, was featured in a Feb. 6 National Review Online Q-and-A about the Obama administration’s proposed rule changes following promises of an accommodation to the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act. He wrote a Feb. 17 New York Times op-ed about secular reasons to mark religious days.
A Feb. 19 Legal Times blog noted that former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich announced his selection of the Columbus School of Law as the home of The CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency, a new project that will expand the law school’s Innocence Project Clinic to add clemency petitions to the scope of work for students. The initiative will launch in August 2013.
A Feb. 23 review of “The Drowsy Chaperone” on the D.C. Metro Theater Arts website gave the production five stars and praised the cast for staging the production with “aplomb and with gigantic belly laughs from the entire audience.”
Janice Agazio, associate professor, was mentioned in a Feb. 13 Time article about how female service members and their families deal with deployment. Agazio has done research on the topic.
V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, wrote a review of the book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power for the Feb. 18 issue of America magazine.
Duilia de Mello, associate professor, wrote an article for the Brazilian newspaper O Globo about a large meteorite that fell in Russia and the close approach of the asteroid 2012 DA14 to Earth on the same day.
John Kenneth White, professor, was featured in a Feb. 15 Zeenews.com Q-and-A about the challenges President Barack Obama faces in the next four years.
Justin Lewis, a doctoral candidate in cello performance, was featured in a Feb. 20 Deseret News (Salt Lake City) article about a Facebook contest he won to conduct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Feb. 17.
CUA in General
A Jan. 31 Catholic News Service article covered the Mass in Honor of St. Thomas Aquinas held Jan. 29 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and sponsored by CUA, the Dominican House of Studies, and the National Catholic Educational Association.