Faculty Experts Fill Media Requests for Comment on Pope’s Resignation

Pope Benedict XVIEarly yesterday morning, media requests for UD faculty experts began pouring in as assignment editors and journalists learned of Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he will resign effective Feb. 28, 2013.

In this morning's Dallas Morning News, Susan Hanssen, associate professor of history, served as a source for an article reporting on local reaction to the history-making announcement. 

Hanssen also provided historical context during a recorded interview for broadcast on KLIF radio's "News & Information in the Afternoon" from 3-6 p.m. In addition, President Thomas Keefe was interviewed by the show's host, Kurt Gilchrist, speculating on possible successors and reasons for the Pope's decision.

Pia Septien, the School of Ministry's director of continuing education programs, appeared live on Telemundo Dallas. The interview was also taped for rebroadcast on the late evening news. Radio Guadalupe also interviewed Septien.

Mark Goodwin, interim dean of the School of Ministry and Theology Department chair, and Peter Hatlie, director and dean of the Rome Program, will be interviewed for a story in North Texas Catholic, the Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Fort Worth. The article will include reaction from the Rome campus.

CBS Channel 11 interviewed Msgr. Michael Olson, rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, by phone for the station's early morning news. 

Links that were unavailable at the time this article was written will be posted on the university's Facebook page. An official statement from Keefe is available on udallas.edu.

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