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Ken Pennington

Ken Pennington, Ph.D.

Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History

Phone: 202-319-5150

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• German
• Italian


• History of Papacy
• Church History
• Legal History
• Church and State
• Poltical Theory and Constitutional Thought

School: Columbus School of Law

Media Appearances

  • February 24, 2013

    Scandal Surrounds Two Cardinals

    New scandals have surfaced involving two cardinals who both have a say in choosing the next pope.

  • February 17, 2013

    The New York Times

    When a Pope Retires, Is He Still Infallible?

    Pennington is quoted regarding the status of an ex-pope. “We have no rules about that at all. What is his title? What are his powers? Does he lose infallibility?”

  • February 12, 2013 | ABC News 5

    Two-Thirds Majority Needed to Elect New Pope

    Pennington is quoted in summary of articles regarding the fact that there is no modern precedent for a retired pope

  • February 12, 2013

    Boston Globe

    Pope Benedict stuns Catholic world with resignation

    Citing frailty, Benedict XVI announces his departure after 8 years marred by controversy; cardinals are expected to elect a successor next month

Please visit Professor Pennington's homepage for a complete list of his scholarly publications, including books and book reviews, editorial projects and series, journal articles, and encyclopedia and dictionary articles.

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