The Catholic University of America

March 17, 2008

CUA Faculty Experts Available for Interviews on Papal Visit

The following faculty experts at The Catholic University of America are available for media interviews related to Pope Benedict's XVI visit to CUA on April 17, 2008.

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.
President of Catholic University

A canon lawyer, Father O'Connell can discuss varied aspects of Pope Benedict II's papacy, including the pope's writings on the priesthood and his impact on Catholic higher education. Father O'Connell served as a frequent commentator for the media during Pope's John Paul II's illness and death and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
To arrange an interview with Father O'Connell, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

Monsignor Kevin Irwin
Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Monsignor Irwin can discuss the progression of Pope Benedict's views on human stewardship of natural resources in his major discourses of moral teaching. Monsignor Irwin was a frequent commentator for the media on liturgical matters related to Pope John Paul II's death and funeral and Pope Benedict XVI's installation Mass.
Monsignor Irwin can be reached at 202-319-5683 or

Joseph E. Capizzi
Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Capizzi can discuss social ethics; the development of doctrine; medieval moral theology; virtue theology; law and religion; rights, peace and justice; and bioethics (i.e., stem-cell research)
Capizzi can be reached at 202-319-6511 or

Rev. John E. Lynch, C.S.P.
Professor Emeritus of Canon Law

Father Lynch is an expert in canon law and Church history.
Father Lynch can be reached at 202-269-2571 or

Rev. Paul McPartlan
Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism

Father McPartlan is an expert on ecumenism who is involved in several international commissions on the topic. His areas of expertise also include Ecclesiology, Eucharist and Vatican II. He is a member of the International Theological Commission, the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church (as well as the joint coordinating committee for this dialogue) and the Joint Commission for Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council.
Father McPartlan can be reached at 202-319-6515 or

Rev. Mark Morozowich
Associate Dean for Seminary and Ministerial Program of Theology and Religious Studies

Father Morozowich is an authority on early Christian liturgy and eastern Churches (Orthodox and Catholic). He can talk about Benedict's contribution to the Eastern churches, and can handle general topics as needed (he has lived and worked in Rome).
Father Morozowich can be reached at 202-319-6512 or

Kenneth Pennington
Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History in the Columbus School of Law and the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Pennington is an expert in Church history and canon law.
Pennington can be reached at 202-319-5150 or 202-319-6264 or

Rev. James A. Wiseman, O.S.B.
Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Father Wiseman is an expert in spirituality, inter-religious dialogue, and science and religion.
Father Wiseman can be reached at 202-319-6522 or

Helen Alvaré
Associate Professor of Law

A legal expert on issues related to marriage and family, abortion, contraception, and the new reproductive technologies, Alvaré is writing a book that focuses on Pope Benedict's teachings regarding women, family, marriage and sex. Prior to joining the faculty of CUA's Columbus School of Law, Alvaré worked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, serving as the director of information and planning for the bishops' pro-life office and as spokesperson for the American Catholic bishops. Alvaré continues as a legal consultant to the USCCB's marriage and pro-life committees, and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict XVI.
Alvaré can be reached at 703-993-9845 or 202-319-5416 or

James F. Brennan
Provost and Professor of Psychology

Brennan is an expert on Catholic higher education. His academic and administrative career has spanned more than 35 years.
Brennan can be reached at 202-319-5244 or

John J. Convey
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education

An expert on Catholic education at all levels, Convey has done educational assessment and planning for Catholic dioceses around the country. His areas of expertise include the effects of Catholic schools, long-range planning for Catholic schools and parental choice of Catholic schools.
Convey can be reached at 202-319-5810 or

Leonard DeFiore
Brother Patrick Ellis Professor of Education

DeFiore is an expert in Catholic education. His areas of specialization include Catholic schools, educational leadership, and public policy in education.
DeFiore can be reached at 202-319-6397 or

Merylann J. Schuttloffel
Chair and Associate Professor of Education

Schuttloffel is an expert on Catholic education. Her areas of specialization include Catholic identity and Catholic education; school leadership, diocesan/district leadership and national policy and leadership; contemplative practice/reflective practice in teaching; innovative practice and school reform/change/renewal; and service learning.
Schuttloffel can be reached at 202-319-5800 or

Rev. Kurt J. Pritzl, O.P.
Dean and Associate Professor, School of Philosophy

Father Pritzl is an expert in philosophy, and particularly philosophy in seminary education.
Father Pritzl can be reached at 202-319-5259

Monsignor Robert Sokolowski
Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy

Monsignor Sokolowski can discuss Christian faith and human reason.
Monsignor Sokolowski can be reached at 202-232-7858 or

Holger Zaborowski
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Zaborowski is an expert on 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy and Pope Benedict XVI's life and thought. He has edited several works by the pope.
Zaborowski can be reached at 202-319-6645 or

Rev. Donald Paul Sullins
Associate Professor of Sociology

Father Sullins can discuss the Catholic priesthood, especially celibacy and married priests, and Catholic social teaching. He has also written and lectured on the globalization of the papacy
Father Sullins can be reached at 202-319-5943 or