Monday February 25, 2013

On the Future of the Papacy

Faculty experts in theology, Catholic history and the Vatican are available to discuss the resignation of the pope and selection of his successor.

With the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI paving the way for an equally historic selection of a new pope, faculty from the University of Dayton are available for expert commentary and perspective through an easily accessible site.  

The Future of the Papacy web page contains a list of faculty experts from different disciplines including internationally renowned theologians, historians of the church and experts on the most up-to-date challenges and issues facing the Vatican.

Since the pope's stunning Feb. 11 announcement, University of Dayton experts have been interviewed by "World News With Diane Sawyer," The Associated Press, CNN International,'s "Belief Blog," Catholic News Service, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter and Toronto Globe and Mail, among others. 

Most recently, Miguel Diaz, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See and now University Professor of Faith and Culture, was interviewed by CNN International on Sunday, Feb. 24, as Pope Benedict prepared for his final Angelus prayer and blessing. 

The University of Dayton, founded by the Society of Mary, is among the nation's top Catholic universities and the largest private university in Ohio. Following in the footsteps of its Marianist founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, it educates students for transformation in faith, adaptation to the times and servant leadership. 

For more information, contact Cilla Shindell, executive director of news and communications, at 937-229-3257 or

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