- Ulrich Lehner, professor of theology, commented on Pope Francis making reforms to the process by which Catholics may annul their marriages. "He's a pastor and this is a very pastoral decision to make it possible for Catholics to marry again in the church and to reintegrate them into the church," Lehner said.
Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 8, 2015
- Conor Kelly, assistant professor of theology, commented on Pope Francis' year of mercy. "Pope Francis has looked out at the world and said right now what we need is more mercy." Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Sept. 1, 2015.
- Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology, commented on the Pope’s challenge to respond to man-made climate change. "It took Pope Francis to make this a mainstream issue and provide the religious rationale for addressing it," Schaefer said. Story appeared on the website of the NBC News, June 18, 2015. Similar story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 19, 2015. Similar stories aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WISN-TV (ABC 12), June 18, 2015.
- Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology, commented on the Vatican highlighting environmental issues on the eve of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. "From way, way back in the theological tradition, there has been an emphasis on avoiding the excessive use of the goods of the earth," Schaefer said. "Both John Paul and Pope Benedict did a lot to emphasize overconsumption, and greed and the sustainability of the world." Story appeared on the website of National Geographic, June 16, 2015.
- Marquette theologian remembered as a rising pioneer
Rev. Lucas Chan, S.J., was remembered as a young theologian and priest with a global reputation as a rising pioneer in the field of theological ethics. He died suddenly on Marquette’s campus, just months before he was to host a first-of-its-kind conference bringing together ethicists across Asia. He was 46. Story aired on the website of National Catholic Reporter, May 22, 2015.
- Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, professor and associate director of undergraduate studies of theology, spoke about racial relations to participants of the People Improving Communities through Organizing conference and to residents of the North Philadelphia community at Our Lady of Hope Church in Philadelphia. Story appeared on the website of Catholic Philly, May 6, 2015.
- Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology, commented on
Pope Francis’s stance on climate change, which he framed as a moral issue
highlighting its impact on the poor. "You cannot think about the well-being of
the poor and vulnerable and of future generations without recognizing that when
the Earth is destroyed, people are hurt and threatened," Schaefer said.
National Journal story appeared on the website of at least three news
outlets, including: National Journal, Government Executive and Inside Energy,
April 27-28, 2015.
- Dr. Ulrich Lehner has been elected into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, an interdisciplinary network of scholars from various fields who focus on scientific, social, cultural and ethical issues concerning the region. Lehner is the first Marquette scholar inducted into the academy. Marquette University News Release, December 4, 2013.
- Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology, said of Pope Francis' introductory remarks, "It was a very powerful sign that he wants to be a pope who not only is leading people but listening to people and depending on their prayers." Interview appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 14, 2013.
- Marquette experts weigh in on papal resignation
William Thorn, associate professor of journalism; Steven Avella, professor of history; and Patrick Carey, professor of theology, all commented on Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he is resigning from the papacy. Story appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Feb. 12, 2013. Multiple stories aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WITI -TV (FOX 6), WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WUWM-FM (89.7), Wisconsin Radio Network, WTMJ-AM (620), Feb. 11, 2013. Similar and related stories appeared on JournalStandard.com, RRStar.com, Feb. 11, 2013.
- Susan K. Wood, SCL, Ph.D., chair and professor of theology, has been elected vice president of the board of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Wood will assume her position in 2014. Story appeared on NCROnline.com, June 8, 2012.
- An immoral budget that shuns social justice, by Bryan N. Massingale and John Gehring.
The opinion piece appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 27, 2012.
- Religious Illiteracy, by Dr. Susan K. Wood, S.C.L., professor of theology and department chair.
Article appeared in Marquette Magazine, Winder 2012.
"Question: What do the American dispute over and Islamic center near the site of 9/11, the war in Northern Ireland and a promotion for the popular television series Desperate Housewives have in common?
Answer: To understand them requires religious literacy."
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- Dr. Ulrich Lehner, author and assistant professor of theology at Marquette University, has been awarded the John Gilmary Shea Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association for his recent book, Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines (1740-1803) (Oxford University Press: 2011). The John Gilmary Shea Prize is awarded annually to a published book that has made the most significant and unprecedented contribution to the knowledge of Catholic history, as decided by the ACHA. Article appeared in University News Center February 24, 2012.
- King and I: Martin Luther King Jr., by Fr. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theology.
Article appeared in U.S. Catholic, January 16, 2012.
Fr. Massingale writes about the obstacles of teaching a course on Martin Luther King Jr. and suggests "in taking him off the pedestal, he becomes a greater inspiration to work for justice for all."
- New Mass Translation Launches in American Parishes
Associated Press article appeared on more than 200 news outlets nationwide, Nov. 27 – Dec. 10, 2011.
Dr. Mickey L. Mattox discusses the new Mass translation for Catholics.
- To Achieve Unity, Church Must Embrace Diversity, Says Theologian
Story appeared in The Catholic Herald, June 9, 2011.
Fr. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theology, was one of four speakers at the National Association of Catholic Chaplains' 2011 conference held in downtown Milwaukee. Massingale said that to achieve unity, the Catholic Church must embrace diversity.
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- College Religion Professors Meet, Discuss Violence
Story appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, June 6, 2011.
Dr. Patrick W. Carey, professor and chair in Catholic Society, received an award from the College Theology Society for best published book for his biography, Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ: A Model Theologian.
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- Revised Bibles Strive for Balance: On 400th anniversary of King James version, new Catholic, Protestant versions released
Story appeared in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 28, 2011.
Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, associate professor of theology, served on the board of editors for the New American Bible.
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- Judgment Day Looms--Marquette University Assistant Professor Says Don't Change Your Plans
Story aired and appeared on WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WISN.com, Mary 20, 2011.
Dr. Rodrigo Morales, Assistant Professor of Theology, comments on the notion of the world ending on Saturday, May 21. Dr. Morales said "It's possible things could end on Saturday, but I wouldn't put much money on it."
- Deciphering 2,000 year-old texts: Orlov shares expertise of Jewish texts from the time of Christ
Article by Andy Brodzeller, in Marquette Matters, April 2011.
"Dr. Andrei Orlov, associate professor of theology, has dedicated his academic career to studying ancient Jewish writings, including some found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Through a fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Orlov will share his expertise as a member of an international research group examining the interaction between Jewish and Slavic traditions and cultures."
- Developing world citizens: University expands international education opportunities
Article by Tim Olson, in Marquette Matters, March 2011.
"Dr. Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology, and Dr. Jean-Pierre Lafouge, associate professor of French, will lead a three-week 'Introduction to Islam and Islamic Culture in Morocco' short-term study program in Morocco for 10-12 students in May and June 2011."