University Of Dayton Catholic Experts Available to Comment on Environment Encyclical

DAYTON, Ohio--()--The University of Dayton's theologians and faculty experts on the pope, theology, Catholic social justice teachings and the Catholic church, among others, are available to comment on the pope's encyclical on the environment.

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. Last year, the University became the first Catholic university to announce it would divest coal and fossil fuels from its $640 million investment portfolio.

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Selected quotes:

"That Pope Francis' forthcoming encyclical on the environment will be an important event for both the church and global civil society is abundantly clear in the very public jostling to disarm and discredit it before its release. Francis will exercise his teaching authority into a headwind provided by the profoundly skilled messaging professionals at various climate denial and neo-liberal think tanks. These will do anything to change the subject from the major theological arguments of the encyclical." — Vincent J. Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, vmiller1@udayton.edu

"Divesting from fossil fuels is going to be very high priority for Catholic institutions. The University of Dayton's decision-making process was rooted in a clear sense of our mission and identity. We weren't starting from ground zero – our investment policy has long reflected our Catholic values. For the divestment decision, we needed a deep understanding of what Catholic social teaching had to say about care for the Earth and a healthy discussion about what fiduciary responsibility means to a Catholic institution." — Paul Benson, interim provost, professor of philosophy, pbenson1@udayton.edu

"Pope Francis has created a new interactive genre of papal teaching — the papal interview. He talks about God and Jesus and the church in language ordinary people understand. He's such a ubiquitous part of the daily news cycle you’d think he was a Kardashian." — William Portier, Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology, wportier1@udayton.edu

Reporters: to expedite interviews, contact Cilla Shindell, Director of Media Relations.

Contacts

University of Dayton
Cilla Shindell
(o) 937-229-3257, (c) 937-367-2889
shindell@udayton.edu

Release Summary

University of Dayton experts in theology, Catholic history, Catholic social teaching and other topics are available to comment on the pope's encyclical on the environment and climate.

Contacts

University of Dayton
Cilla Shindell
(o) 937-229-3257, (c) 937-367-2889
shindell@udayton.edu