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  • May 26, 2016

    Greater Outreach Needed to Prevent Suicide

    David Jobes, professor, psychology, was quoted in a WAMU story on teenage suicide.

  • May 25, 2016

    Surrogacy Doesn't Guarantee Happy Ending

    Melissa Moschella, assistant professor, philosophy, was quoted on surrogacy in the U.S. in a National Catholic Register story.

  • May 22, 2016

    Pope warns bishops to consult Rome on new religious orders

    Kurt Martens, professor, canon law, was quoted in an Associated Press story on Pope Francis warning bishops to consult with Rome before approving new religious orders.

  • May 21, 2016

    How HHS Case Plays Out is Anybody's Guess

    John Garvey, University President, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on upcoming Supreme Court cases on the HHS contraceptive mandate. That op-ed was referenced in a National Review story. He was also interviewed by the Daily Signal and National Catholic Register on the case. He was interviewed by Crux in May after the ruling was announced. Elise Italiano, University spokesperson, was quoted in stories on the rally outside the court the day of the hearings. President Garvey and Mark Rienzi, associate professor, law, appeared on Fox News' Kelly File the night after the oral arguments. Rienzi also appeared on Fox News' America's News HQ panel. Robert Destro, professor, law, was quoted in an Our Sunday Visitor story about possible "creative" solutions to court case.

  • May 18, 2016

    Do Taxpayers Fund Religious Freedom or Discrimination?

    Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology, was quoted in a Voice of America story on the Russell Amendment, which seeks to clarify an apparent conflict between the Civil Righs Act and a 2014 executive order for protections for gay, lesbian, and transgender employees of federal contractors.

  • May 16, 2016

    Students Witness to Immigration Realities

    Sister Ruth Harkins, associate campus minister for graduate and professional students, and students Aidan Byrnes, Natalia Rincon, and Dylan Corbett, were quoted in an Our Sunday Visitor story about a trip to visit the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • May 12, 2016

    Pope Considers Female Deacons

    Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology, and Melissa Moschella, assistant professor, philosophy, were interviewed on EWTN News Nightly on the Pope's commission to study the possibility of female deacons (Min. 7:43). Pecknold was also interviewed by PBS Newshour. A quote of his from an October Washington Post story on female deacons was printed in a Religion News Service.

  • May 12, 2016

    How Being Poor Wrecks Chance of Good Legal Representation

    Cara Drinan, associate professor, law, and Mary Leary, professor, law, were quoted in a Catholic News Agency story on how being poor affects a person's chance of good legal representation.

  • May 11, 2016

    Marian Devotions

    Joshua Benson, associate professor, theology, was interviewed for an Arlington Catholic Herald story on Marian devotions.

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Kurt Martens

Kurt Martens, J.C.D.


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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Rechtsbescherming in de Kerk

Rechtsbescherming in de Kerk

Kurt Martens

Rechtsbescherming in de Kerk: Ontwikkeling en aanwending van rechtsmiddelen tegen overheidsbeslissingen in de rooms-katholieke Kerk

Legal protection in the Church: Development and exercise of any remedies against government decisions in the Roman Catholic Church

Martens explores the development and use of preventive and curative legal protection of the legal subject to the action of the ecclesiastical authorities within the limits of its executive or administrative power. (In Dutch)

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