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Experts on Papal Elections and Papabile

 
  On Feb. 26, Catholic University hosted a conference call for reporters with University faculty members Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies; Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law; Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism; and Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology. Click on the video above to listen to the conference call.

The following faculty experts at The Catholic University of America are available for media interviews related to the upcoming conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

A list of clips in which these faculty experts have been quoted on the pope’s resignation can be found by clicking here.

To view a full list of experts on topics related to the papacy, click here

  • Monsignor Kevin Irwin, the Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies, 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 and visit to the United States in 2008. He is currently in Rome and available for phone interviews.

    Contact Monsignor Irwin at irwin@cua.edu.
     
  • Hellen Mardaga, assistant professor of New Testament studies, can discuss the theological viewpoints of the papabili (potenital popes). She is an expert on the New Testament, the Gospel of John, the synoptic gospels, the vocabulary of Luke, and New Testament philology.

    Contact Mardaga at 202-319-6885 or mardaga@cua.edu.
     
     
       On March 12, the University hosted a second conference call with the same group of experts. Click on the video above to listen to the conference call.
  • Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law, is an expert on papal elections, the Roman Curia, hierarchical recourse and procedures, and the structures of the Church. He is a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Canonical Affairs.

    Contact Martens at 202-319-6415 or martens@cua.edu.
     
  • Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, can discuss Pope Benedict’s legacy. He is an authority on early Christian liturgy and eastern Churches (Orthodox and Catholic). He can talk about Pope Benedict’s contribution to the Eastern churches, as well as general topics related to the Vatican.

    To arrange interviews with Father Morozowich, contact Victor Nakas in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or nakas@cua.edu.
     
  • Kenneth Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, is an expert in Church history and canon law.

    Contact Pennington at 202-319-5150, 202-319-6264, or pennington@cua.edu.

For assistance in reaching sources, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600. To search for other CUA faculty experts, visit the Faculty Experts Guide at http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/experts/

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