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- Rev. John Laurance, S.J., professor emeritus of theology, commented on Jesus & Beer, which is part of a recent effort by some Christian groups to talk about their faith in a relaxed environment while enjoying an alcoholic beverage. Father Laurance said that alcohol certainly isn’t new to Catholicism and is, in fact, an integral part of the Mass. “You know one of the Psalms says, 'God gave wine to cheer up people's hearts,' so even the prayer book of the Old Testament sees that this is a gift from God,” he said.
Associated Press story appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo.com, FOXnews.com, Detroit News and the Lincoln Courier, Sept. 15, 2016.
- Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology, discussed how several religions approach ecological issues, focusing on the Islam religion. "They have a very strong incentive to protect God's creation because it's through the Ayat, the world itself, the visible world, that they can experience God and know about God,” Schaefer said. “So this is a strong incentive on their part to not only study science, but to protect the world, which is their responsibility as God's trustees." Story aired on NPR-Radio, July 20, 2016.
- Susan K. Wood, professor of theology, commented on a lecture she gave at a three-day conference in Rome, titled “From Conflict to Communion?” which focused on the shared history of Catholics and Lutherans. “We can remember it as a story of division or we can tell it as a story of needed reform in the Church that became very polemical at the time,” Wood said. “As any story you can tell it from different perspectives, so the retelling is joint from a perspective of 50 years of dialogue.”
Story aired on Vatican Radio, May 5, 2016.
- Ulrich Lehner, professor of theology, commented on the proclamation on family life issued by Pope Francis. Titled “The Joy of Love,” Lehner said he found himself transfixed by the beauty of clear, precise language and the profound wisdom that flowed through each paragraph and page. “It’s a message of integrity,” Lehner said. “I think that’s what just gets to me – not just personal integrity but the integrity of the church.” Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 8, 2016.
- Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate director of undergraduate studies and professor of theology, discussed a seismic shift in demographics occurring in society and the U.S. Catholic Church in the coming decades that will create a church that is far less white. Massingale said the church must become "a proactive agent for racial justice" if it is to "remain viable and relevant in the 21st century." This story appeared on the website of America Magazine, Nov. 10, 2015.
- Paul Misner, professor emeritus of theology, contributed an article about the complicated history of social justice advocacy at the Vatican. His article discussed the Pope's visit to America and his stance on climate change.
Story appeared on the website of Time, Sept. 25, 2015.