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Catholic University experts are available to comment on a wide range of subjects, and offer analysis on current events.

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  • September 27, 2015

    Pope Francis Visits Philly Prison

    Cara Drinan, associate professor, law, was interviewed by Catholic News Service about Pope Francis's visit to a Philadelphia correctional facility.

  • September 26, 2015

    Pope Francis Promotes Environmental Protection

    Lucia Silecchia, professor, law, was interviewed (with a Spanish voiceover) by a Venezuelan TV station about Pope Francis's work promoting environmental protection.

  • September 24, 2015

    Professor Pecknold interviewed on Papal Visit

    Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology and religious studies, was quoted in numerous stories on the Pope's visit.

  • September 24, 2015

    Students React to Pope's Visit

    CUA students and alumni provided reactions to many media outlets following the visit of Pope Francis to CUA on Sept. 23.

  • September 24, 2015

    Professor Schneck Quoted on Pope's Visit

    Stephen Schneck, director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was quoted in dozens of articles on the Pope's visit.

  • September 21, 2015

    Musicians Prepare for Pope's Visit

    Grayson Wagstaff, dean, School of Music; Simeone Tartaglione, orchestra conductor; Leo Nestor, chamber choir director; alumni; and students were featured in a Wall Street Journal video on musicians preparing for the Pope's Mass.

  • September 9, 2015

    Lobbying During the Papal Visit

    Stephen Schneck, director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was quoted in a Sept. 9 Roll Call article about lobbyists planning meetings and demonstrations in Washington, D.C., during the papal visit.

  • September 8, 2015

    Presidents Size up Francis Effect

    John Garvey, University President, was interviewed on WAMU on the upcoming papal visit and the "Francis Effect."

  • September 8, 2015

    Pope Francis Changes Annulment Process

    Chad Pecknold, associate professor, religion, and Kurt Martens, associate professor, canon law, were quoted in a Washington Post article on annulment reforms.

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Kurt Martens

Kurt Martens, J.C.D.

Associate Professor

Religious Liberty / Church-State Relations, Papal Elections, Roman Curia, Hierarchical Recourse (and in general - procedures), Structures of the Church (Bishop’s Conference; Diocesan Structures; etc.) 

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Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church

Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church

John Garvey

Lisa Sowle Cahill, John Garvey, and T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., introduce the work of leading Catholic theologians, writers, and scholars on topics that include homosexuality and marriage; theology of the body; views of celibacy past and present; rebuilding community; childbearing; sexual discipleship; and future challenges. Crossroad Publishing Company.

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