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Stephen Schneck

Stephen Schneck, Ph.D.

Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and Associate Professor

Phone: 202-319-5999

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• Catholicism and Politics
• Catholic Vote
• Religion and Public Life

Department: Politics
School: Arts and Sciences

Media Appearances

  • May 11, 2015

    VICE News

    On the Pope's Influence: The Cuba deal is a good illustration of the influence he has with the Obama administration. I don't think it's denominational influence, I just think this Pope is talking about approaching the world with a certain set of values that resonated with quite a few people.

  • April 28, 2015

    The New Mexican

    On new bishop of Santa Fe: Wester is “pastoral, caring, brilliant, open and welcoming,” as well as “very committed to serving those in poverty, immigrants and other marginalized populations.” At the same time, Wester is adept at social media. “Some bishops are trying to figure out how a PC works. Wester is definitely on the tweeting, Instagram edge, which is nice,” Schneck said.

  • March 11, 2015

    Catholic News Service

    On the two year anniversary of Pope Francis's pontificate and the "Francis Effect": "Pope Francis has transformed the public perception of the Church that had been seen as "judgmental, shouting a big no at the world. The Church that Pope Francis portrays is humble, welcoming, open to the world," said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. "His vision imagines the Church as a field hospital ... for the spiritually wounded."

  • January 22, 2015

    National Catholic Register

    On the State of the Union: “Many of the specific proposals he made were actually pretty good, from a Catholic social-teachings perspective." The problem, Schneck observed, is that, despite the parallels, the president has two glaring exceptions that strike at the core of the Church’s social teaching: his stance on life issues and same-sex “marriage.”

  • January 15, 2015

    New Republic

    On Catholics and climate change: "Catholics are experiencing a moment of rising consciousness about our moral imperatives to care for the environment, which is God’s creation."

  • December 17, 2014

    USA Today

    Schneck was interviewed about the Pope's role in U.S./Cuban relations.

  • October 30, 2014

    EWTN News Nightly

    Schneck was interviewed about the Catholic Vote.

  • October 15, 2014

    The Atlantic

    Schneck was quoted in a story on Vatican report using economic language.

  • October 4, 2014

    Catholic News Service

    Schneck was quoted in a story on corporate money and public policy.

  • September 23, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Schneck was interviewed about the 2014 midterm elections

  • August 14, 2014

    Catholic News Service

    Schneck was quoted in a story on Rep. Paul Ryan's suggestions that investing in case management services would better serve low-income families in the long run.

  • July 10, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Schneck was interviewed on the implications of the White House's promised EDNA executive order on Catholic organizations.

  • March 27, 2014

    PBS Newshour

    Schneck appeared on PBS Newshour March 27 to discuss the meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis.

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