Faculty Experts Fill Media Requests for Comment on Popes Resignation
Early 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.