Stephen Schneck, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and Associate Professor
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September 21, 2016
“Catholics have, in a sense, come out of their ghettos,” said Steve Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. “They engage in political life less tribally than they have in the past.”
July 5, 2016
“The platform is less welcoming to pro-life Democrats and Catholic progressives than the platforms in 2008 and 2012,” Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America and a co-chair of the group Catholics for Obama, tweeted Monday.
May 7, 2016
... For his part, Catholic University’s Schneck thinks “there will be a ‘Francis effect’” among American Catholic voters, but he conceded, “It’s difficult to see it right at the moment.”
April 28, 2016
Stephen F. Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, said perhaps no other group has felt more betrayed than white working class communities in places such as Pennsylvania, Appalachia, the Ozarks and the Deep South.
September 9, 2015
“He’s going to be talking about things at a transcendent level, and he won’t be endorsing a particular piece of legislation,” said Steve Schneck, who heads the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. “That said, he’s already having an impact politically, and I think it’s just going to become more profound as we get closer to his arrival and the aftermath.”
August 27, 2015
"In a way, Pope Francis has become a conscience for this age of the world. When President Obama came to office, he too had that aura for at least the first couple of years," said Stephen Schneck, who runs the Catholic politics institute at Catholic University of America. "But Pope Francis' message is moral and religious. He's not going to be talking about legislation."
July 22, 2015
On Pope's popularity: Schneck ... blamed pundits on the right and left, like Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow, for “politicizing” the pope’s teachings. “He’s not a conservative or progressive, not a Democrat or Republican. So stop trying to clobber him with those yardsticks,” Schneck wrote in an email. “How many times do our pundits need to be told that he’s carrying the same message as John Paul II and Benedict XVI?”
July 11, 2015
On the Pope's words on global capitalism: Francis has such a strong sense of urgency “because he has been on the front lines with real people, not just numbers and abstract ideas,” Mr. Schneck said. “That real-life experience of working with the most marginalized in Argentina has been the source of his inspiration as pontiff.”
June 26, 2015
The political reactions to the encyclical show that ideology and partisanship “are so powerful in America,” said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. “They work like filters to screen out what people are able to comprehend. For those infected, inconvenient truths can be very hard to see,” said Schneck, who co-chaired Catholics for Obama during the 2012 campaign.
June 25, 2015
“I think the pope himself would realize that there’s something not really full and complete about the kinds of encounters one can get electronically, whether it’s tweeting or working with the media,” said Steve Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. “I think that the pope would recognize that to a certain extent, he’s … falling into the same trap.”
June 25, 2015
Stephen F. Schneck, who leads the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, told Crux he anticipates that lawmakers will consider the pope’s message on the environment, and ultimately push for legislation in line with the encyclical. “This is different than the normal letters that the USCCB sends over all the time on a variety of issues,” he said. “It really transcends the fault lines of both US politics and politics around the world.”
June 14, 2015
“It’s going to be a Catholic year for candidates running for the presidency,” said Stephen F. Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington. “So, it’s historic.”
June 1, 2015
Schneck published the first of what will be a weekly blog in U.S. Catholic on Catholic culture.
May 26, 2015
Many anti-poverty advocates are hopeful that Clinton will address the holes in the safety net head-on, finally repairing the system that she and her husband had a hand in creating: “Welfare reform needs to be revisited,’’ said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University and a former national co-chair of Catholics for Obama. "I think Hillary needs to stand up and say, ‘My husband and the Republicans in the 90s really thought they’d put together a package that was going to fix welfare and poverty but didn’t fix either one.’ She needs to call America to the barricades in the struggle against deep poverty.’’
May 11, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
Schneck was interviewed about the Pope's role in U.S./Cuban relations.
October 30, 2014
Schneck was interviewed about the Catholic Vote.
October 15, 2014
Schneck was quoted in a story on Vatican report using economic language.
October 4, 2014
Schneck was quoted in a story on corporate money and public policy.
September 23, 2014
Schneck was interviewed about the 2014 midterm elections
August 14, 2014
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
Schneck was interviewed on the implications of the White House's promised EDNA executive order on Catholic organizations.
March 27, 2014
Schneck appeared on PBS Newshour March 27 to discuss the meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis.