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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
E-mail: schneck@cua.edu

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Languages:

• German

Expertise:

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

Department: Politics
School: Arts and Sciences

Media Appearances

  • November 14, 2016

    Philly.com

    "It's completely wrong to see the elevation of Tobin as diminishing Archbishop Chaput," said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. "Chaput has done amazing things in Denver and Philadelphia and has a terrific reputation in the church," he said. The pope's choice for Newark "I think reflects something that Pope Francis wants to promote in the pastoral work of Tobin."

  • November 7, 2016

    The Wall Street Journal

    Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, said in an email that Archbishop Tobin embodied much of what Pope Francis has espoused, including his outspoken advocacy for disadvantaged populations, the protection of life from “conception until natural death” and “the moral imperative to care for the earth.”

  • November 4, 2016

    PBS

    Stephen Schneck, associate professor, politics, was interviewed by PBS disussing the dilemma for morally conflicted voters this election cycle.

  • November 2, 2016

    Catholic News Service

    On civility in politics: "Conflict is a part of political life. It's always been a part of political life," said Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University and an associate professor of politics there.

  • October 31, 2016

    C-SPAN

    The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies hosted a discussion on the issues driving Catholic voters and their expected influence on the 2016 election. Panelists included Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts. They talked about how demographic changes in the Catholic electorate are also influencing adherents' voting patterns, and the rising importance of social justice issues to younger American Catholics, particularly those of color.

  • October 28, 2016

    PBS

    Stephen Schneck, associate professor, politics, was interviewed by PBS disussing candidates’ religious backgrounds.

  • October 21, 2016

    Religion and Ethics News Weekly (via PBS)

    Stephen Schneck, associate professor, politics, was interviewed by PBS disussing the role of the Catholic vote this election cycle.

  • September 21, 2016

    The Atlantic

    “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

    America Magazine

    “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

    Crux

    ... 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

    Catholic News Service (via Catholic Philly)

    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.

  • November 16, 2015

    U.S. Catholic

    My phone pinged with an email from my colleague, Dennis Coyle. He was away from the university, giving some lectures in France. The email he sent was from Paris, with a photo of the Cathedral of Notre Dame illuminated against the darkness. Dennis had joined the thousands who streamed to the cathedral for the memorial Mass for those dead and wounded by the evil of Friday’s terrorist attack. He described the scene outside the cathedral, packed with people who could not find room inside, the night brightened by the many watching Mass on their phones. People were singing along with the liturgy.

  • September 27, 2015

    The New York Times

    “I was frankly taken aback at how savvy he was,” said Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. “He was clearly aware of all the very divisive issues for Catholics in American public life but talked about them in a way that didn’t give ammunition to either conservatives or progressives in the United States to use in their political wars.”

  • September 25, 2015

    Forbes

    n other words, the Pope is not against the market, he just wants it to be used in ways that promote justice and stewardship. Stephen Schneck of the Catholic University of America has described the Pope’s view this way: “The common good sets the principles and the markets should be organized to support these principles.” As it turns out, that also describes the market-based approach that my organization, Environmental Defense Fund, has advocated for three decades.

  • September 25, 2015

    NPR

    Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, said he loves that little car.

  • September 24, 2015

    The Washington Examiner

    "I think that he won't use this as an opportunity to speak in detail about specific policies," said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University. "I'd be really surprised if it went in that direction."

  • September 24, 2015

    News Journal

    And that especially resonates with millennial Catholics, who can feel snubbed by an institution that doesn’t speak their language, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies in Washington, D.C.

  • September 23, 2015

    The Boston Globe

    Rather than make specific policy prescriptions, Francis is expected to call upon Congress to rise above their partisan bickering and “step up to the responsibilities that come with all the blessings that providence has given us,” said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

  • September 22, 2015

    USA Today

    "I'm glad he's meeting with the president," Schneck said. "There are important things to talk about. But he's not here to advance legislation on climate change. He's here to advance the Gospel."

  • September 22, 2015

    W Radio

    En entrevista con Julio Sánchez Cristo, director del Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, analiza la llegada del papa a EE.UU.

  • September 21, 2015

    Philadelphia Inquirer

    "It's amazing," Stephen Schneck, director of Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, remarked in a recent interview. "Everything that's packed into this trip - I can't remember anything like it."

  • September 21, 2015

    Newday

    Stephen Schneck, director of Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, said: "It won't fit into any of the polarized boxes of politics in America. Progressives and conservatives aren't going to like everything he has to say."

  • September 21, 2015

    USA Today

    "I would guess that some of those sharper issues will not be thrown in the Oval Office but at the staff meeting," said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass later Wednesday.

  • September 21, 2015

    Deutsche Welle

    Stephen Schneck von der Catholic University in Washington dämpft allerdings Erwartungen auf zu viel Harmonie zwischen den beiden und verweist darauf, dass Papst Franziskus in kein politisches Raster passt. Doch wenn er, wie von vielen Experten vorausgesagt, das Thema Soziale Gerechtigkeit in den Mittelpunkt seiner Reise stellt, dann befindet er sich "in weitgehender Übereinstimmung mit der Demokratischen Partei" Präsident Obamas.

  • September 21, 2015

    The Washington Times

    But Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America — where the pope will celebrate a Mass canonizing Junipero Serra, the Spanish-born Franciscan missionary who helped plant the faith in California in the 1700s — said there is a galvanizing excitement among the students there about Francis that wasn’t the case on previous papal visits.

  • September 21, 2015

    PBS Newshour

    He’s, you know, a second-generation immigrant. And I think the immigrant experience of Italians in Argentina was unique. And Argentine history was one of the shaping factors here. "It’s a different history than the United States, and, you know, the forces of political life and culture are different than the United States."

  • September 20, 2015

    Newsweek

    “Everyone should pause for a moment in awe of just how extremely popular Pope Francis is,” Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University said at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “I can’t think of anything else like it in the course of our public lives.”

  • September 20, 2015

    CBS 19

    Pope Francis’s global appeal, being the first Latin American pope and his ability to deliver speeches in his native Spanish could make his trip particularly impactful to Cubans, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. “There’s a special quality about this visit that will go beyond what we saw with John Paul II and Benedict,” he said. “The hope is that he’s a catalyst for spiritual transformation.”

  • September 19, 2015

    USA Today

    Pope Francis’s global appeal, being the first Latin American pope and his ability to deliver speeches in his native Spanish could make his trip particularly impactful to Cubans, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America.

  • September 18, 2015

    National Geographic

    The first three to make the trip were the last three long-serving popes—the list excludes John Paul I, who was pope for just over a month—a sign of how important U.S. visits have become for church leaders. “Popes come here not just to speak to the United States, but to speak to the world,” says Stephen Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.

  • September 18, 2015

    Roll Call

    “In every country that he goes to, how he moves around and so forth has become a matter of speculation,” said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, who said with a chuckle he’s no expert on the pope’s vehicle of choice.

  • September 18, 2015

    CBN News

    "I think there's a sense that change is in the air in Cuba," Dr. Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., told CBN News.

  • September 18, 2015

    PBS

    "Well, I think first of all he’s coming as a pastor, and we can’t forget that. But I suspect what he’ll do when he’s here is he’s going to use the occasion to prick the American conscience. I think that he’s going to reach out and try to call America to realize that with all of our blessings come responsibilities. I think that he’s going to call us to recognize the moral dimension of those responsibilities."

  • September 17, 2015

    The Washington Post

    The president “does feel stung by the fact that the official Catholic Church, the institutional church in the United States, has not warmed to him,” said Stephen Schneck, who co-chaired Catholics for Obama during the 2012 campaign. “He feels that particularly.”

  • September 17, 2015

    Catholic News Service

    “The most important takeaway (from the survey) is for all of us to recognize that this pope offers a framework for consideration of so many aspects of our public life,” Stephen Schneck, institute director, said during a news briefing Sept. 16 at the National Press Club to release poll results. “He’s offering us a way to rethink issues that are so important in our contemporary world.”

  • September 16, 2015

    Roll Call

    “The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops obviously works very closely with the Vatican and is constantly in the process of making policy recommendations,” said Steve Schneck, who leads the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University.

  • September 12, 2015

    Politico

    "Essentially, the president can’t talk about any specific policy except for maybe some foreign policy areas, like concern about the Syrian migration and refugee issue. But beyond that, anything that's domestic public policy that’s specific the president has to stay away from, because that would be trading on the authenticity of the moment," said Stephen Schneck, who heads a policy institute at the Catholic University of America.

  • September 9, 2015

    Roll Call

    “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.”

  • September 9, 2015

    Roll Call

    “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

    AP

    "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."

  • August 26, 2015

    Associated Press

    "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

    Religion News Service

    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

    New York Times

    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

    National Catholic Register

    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

    The Atlantic

    “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

    Crux

    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

    Catholic News Service

    “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

    U.S. Catholic

    Schneck published the first of what will be a weekly blog in U.S. Catholic on Catholic culture.

  • May 26, 2015

    Bloomberg

    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

    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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