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- 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.
- 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.