Fordham News Media Resources for the Papal Visit

Papal Experts

From Tuesday, September 22 until Sunday, September 27, Pope Francis will take his first-ever trip into the United States, making stops in Washington, DC, New York, and Philadelphia. Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. will follow his two-day tour of Cuba.

If you are in need of experts to discuss this monumental trip, staff and faculty from Fordham University’s department of theology, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, and Center on Religion and Culture are available to speak on the following topics:

Patrick Hornbeck, PhD (broadcast or print interviews) The chair of the department and an associate professor of theology, Hornbeck is an expert on the Papacy and the history of Christianity, with a focus on the interplay between the shifting categories of “heresy” and “orthodoxy” in medieval and early modern Christianity; and on affiliation, identity, and on issues of marginalization in contemporary Roman Catholicism. Contact Hornbeck: hornbeck@fordham.edu

Terrence Tilley, PhD (broadcast or print interviews) The Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ Professor of Catholic Theology Also a papal expert, Tilley works in philosophical theology and philosophy of religion. He also works on particular topics in systematic theology. He uses an eclectic philosophical approach focused on the nature and rationality of faith, Christology as a practical discipline, the problems of evil, the particular relationships of history, theology and faith, and the Catholic tradition. Contact Tilley: ttilley@fordham.edu

Father Claudio Burgaleta, PhD Associate professor at our Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fr. Burgaleta is a Cuban-born Jesuit and can talk at length about Latin Americans and the Catholic Church. Contact Fr. Burgaleta: burgaleta@fordham.edu

Michael E. Lee, PhD (broadcast or print interviews) Church in Latin America Contact Lee: fmilee@fordham.edu Twitter: @michaeleleephd

Maureen Tilley, PhD A professor of theology, Tiley is an expert in the practice of Christianity in ancient and medieval times, martyrdom, roles for women, ecclesiastical art, and the fit between liturgy and architecture, and Latin American theology. Contact Tilley: mtilley@fordham.edu

Michael Peppard, PhD Peppard is an assistant professor of theology and an expert in early Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations, and Catholicism in American public life. Contact: mpeppard@fordham.edu Twitter: @MichaelPeppard

Thomas Beaudoin, PhD Associate professor of theology at Fordham’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Tom Beaudoin is an expert on 'disaffiliated'/'inactive' Catholics and the Pope's engagement with 'secular' culture. Contact Beaudoin: tbeaudoin@fordham.edu or 650-804-4628

Charles Camosy, PhD (print or broadcast interviews)
Professor of Political Science, Camosy is an expert on bioethics, animals/ecology, and the relationship between ethics and politics. He is the author of For Love of Animals (2013) and Beyond the Abortion Wars (2015)
PRINT: He was recently quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on the Pope’s encyclical.
VIDEO: Here, Camosy considers Jesus’ possible diet. Contact Camosy: ccamosy@gmail.com Twitter: @nohiddenmagenta

Christiana Peppard, PhD (broadcast or print interviews) Assistant professor of theology, science and ethics, Peppard is an expert on Catholic social teaching, environmental ethics, and fresh water ethics. She is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics and the Global Water Crisis (2014) and co-editor of Just Sustainability: Ecology, Technology and Resource Extraction (2015). Contact Peppard: cpeppard@gmail.com Twitter: @ProfPeppard

Colt Anderson, PhD He is the dean of Fordham’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education and has previously taught courses on medieval and reformation church history, systematic theology, Catholic social teaching, and interfaith dialogue. Contact Anderson: coltanderson@fordham.edu

Jim McCartin, PhD Associate professor and director of Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture, McCartin is an expert on the history of U.S. Catholicism, American religious history, and spirituality. McCartin's book, Prayers of the Faithful: The Shifting Spiritual Life of American Catholics (2010), explores prayer both as an object of study and an active force in people's lives, and it demonstrates how American Catholics' beliefs and spiritual practices changed alongside American society and culture from the 1860s to the 1980s. Contact McCartin: jmccartin1@fordham.edu

Non-Theology faculty

Kimberly Casteline, PhD, (Rose Hill) A member of our communication and media studies department, she specializes in Religion and Media. Contact Casteline: kcasteline@fordham.edu

Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn, Vice President for University Mission and Ministry. Contact Msgr. Quinn: jgquinn@fordham.edu

The Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Shelley, PhD Professor emeritus of theology, Msgr. Shelley is an expert on the evolution of the modern papacy, the Catholic Church in nineteenth-century France and Belgium, post-Reformation English Catholicism, and the influence of Irish Catholicism on the Catholic Church in the English-speaking world. Contact Msgr. Shelley: tjshelley@fordham.edu

Jessica Baldwin-Philippi, PhD, (Rose Hill) A member of our communication and media studies department, she is a social and digital media specialist. Contact Baldwin-Philippi: jphilippi@fordham.edu

Beth Knobel, PhD, (Rose Hill) A former bureau chief for CBS News, she can do appearances on the logistics of covering large media events. Contact Knobel: knobel@fordham.edu

Gregory Donovan, PhD, (Lincoln Center) An assistant professor of communications, he specializes in digital communication and youth, and social justice. Contact Donovan: gdonovan4@fordham.edu

Margaret Schwartz, PhD, (Lincoln Center) A member of our communication and media studies department, she is a fluent Spanish speaker and translator, and studies the power of mediated communications. Contact Schwartz: bmaschwartz@fordham.edu

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CHARLES CAMOSY
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FATHER CLAUDIO BURGALETA, SJ
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J. PATRICK HORNBECK
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CHARLES C. CAMOSY
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CLAUDIO BURGALETA, SJ
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MICHAEL LEE
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J. PATRICK HORNBECK II
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J. PATRICK HORNBECK II
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TERRENCE TILLEY
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Newsday 09-06-15

CHARLES CAMOSY
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The Record 09-01-15

MAUREEN TILLEY
Pope: Priests in Holy Year Can Forgive 'Sin of Abortion'
Associated Press 09-01-15

CHARLES CAMOSY
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JOSEPH KOTERSKI, SJ
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National Review 09-02-15

TERRENCE TILLEY
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JAMES MCCARTIN
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CHARLES C. CAMOSY
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International Business Times 07-23-15

TERRENCE TILLEY
NY1 Online: Panel Talks Mayor's Visit to Vatican
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CLAUDIO BURGALETA, SJ
Pope Francis' trip to Cuba inspires hope in North Jersey 
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MICHAEL E. LEE
Pope brings ‘church for the poor’ to South America’s poorest
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CLAUDIO BURGALETA, SJ
Pope Francis will try to break out of ‘the bubble’ on his US trip
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J. PATRICK HORNBECK II
Pope's NYC Visit to Include UN Speech, MSG Mass
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CHARLES C. CAMOSY
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THOMAS M. BEAUDOIN
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CHRISTIANA PEPPARD
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CHRISTIANA PEPPARD
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CHARLES C. CAMOSY
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CHARLES C. CAMOSY
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CHRISTIANA PEPPARD
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MICHAEL PEPPARD
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