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Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology and religious studies, was quoted in numerous stories on the Pope's visit. See some of them below.

He was also quoted in the Washington Examiner

After Week in U.S., Pope Francis Departs With a Final, Warm Message About the Family

From: NBC 4
Date: Sept. 27, 2015
Author: Asher Klein

"He's very hesitant to talk about getting people into church as an institution. He wants us to think about what the truth of the church points us to," namely the joy of Jesus and the church as Catholics' mother, Catholic University of America professor Chad Pecknold said.

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Pope Francis hailed for transcending liberal/conservative divide

From: Sinclair Broadcast Group (via WJLA)
Date: Sept. 25, 2015
Author: Stephen Loiaconi

Although the public statements of Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S., including his address to Congress on Thursday morning, have often focused on issues that are priorities of the political left, experts say it would be a mistake to apply traditional American political labels to the head of the global Catholic Church.

"I think we're all getting accustomed to the idea that this is a pope that does not fit into the left/right categories," said Chad Pecknold, an associate professor of religion and culture at Catholic University.

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Pope's politics defy traditional U.S. liberal/conservative labels

From: Catholic News Agency/EWTN News
Date: Sept. 26, 2015
Author: Matt Hadro

If viewed purely on the surface, the address could be interpreted as slightly left-leaning, said Dr. Chad Pecknold, theology professor at the Catholic University of America, in the sense that it “seemed to re-order the priorities in favor of what the left has been prioritized most” like care for the environment, immigration, and abolishing the death penalty.

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Pope Francis Creates Strange Bedfellows Among Presidential Candidates

From: ABC
Date: Sept. 24, 2015
Author: Ben Gittleson

Congressional leaders have warned their flock about slowing down Pope Francis when he addresses them in Washington this week -- no fist bumps or selfies, please -- but that hasn’t prevented campaigners of all stripes from attempting to use the historic visit for their own political gain.
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“There’s almost a disarming spontaneity in which he doesn't care about managing perception,” Chad Pecknold, an associate professor of systematic theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, told ABC News. “There’s no spin.”

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The Change Pope Francis Brings

From: The ABC
Date: Sept. 24, 2015
Author: Chad Pecknold

Since the Gospel reading included Jesus's own command to "Go, make disciples of all nations," the Holy Father told those of us gathered for Mass that "we are here today because others heeded this call to make disciples." Indeed, "we are indebted to a tradition, a great chain of witnesses in every generation." When we confess our sin before Jesus, and experience the power of his mercy, he heals us of our apathy and indifference. And he does this in order to send us. "Saint Serra embodies a Church which goes out to proclaim the joy of the Lord." And finally, "to keep his heart from growing numb, Father Serra kept moving forward into the joy of the Lord. So must we!"

But what does that movement forward look like? For some observers, Siempre Andalante, seems like some continuation of Obama-era progress. But for the Pope, moving forward means moving forward into the joy of Christ. This why for those actually participating in the Canonization Mass, with Saint Serra himself in heaven, when the bread and the wine were raised up to heaven it became for us the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Following the call of Christ changed Junipero Serra's life, and his encounter with the power of God's mercy pulled him out of his comfortable world, and it thrust him forward into the joy of Jesus Christ. That's the change that Pope Francis brings - the change that comes from following Christ.

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Papal politics: How Pope Francis stirs the culture wars in D.C.

From: 89.3 KPCC Airtalk
Date: Sept. 23, 2015

The most politicized pontiff in contemporary history is in Washington D.C. this week.

This morning, he was welcomed by a crowd of thousands along a parade route to the White House. President Barack Obama introduced Pope Francis who addressed an audience of 15,000 on topics ranging from religious liberty to pollution and immigration - all hot, divisive matters in the current political climate.

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Obama and the pope defend 'religious liberty' – but where and for whom?

From: The Guardian
Date: Sept. 23, 2015
Author: Hariett Sherwood

According to Chad Pecknold, associate professor of theology at the Catholic University of America, the intention of Obama’s remarks was to link religious freedom to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East “and away from cases of religious liberty in the US”.

The president was also thinking of his legacy, said Pecknold. “There are some Catholics in the US who will remember him as an anti-Catholic president. The legal battles have been brought to the church; the church did not seek them out. Obama’s speech was a concerted effort to address that worry, and the pope’s visit is a chance for Obama to make peace with the church.”

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Speculation Over Pope's Message Raises Policy Questions

From: WTTE FOX 28
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Elizabeth Faugl

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"Amongst the general population Pope Francis has experienced the rock star effect," explained Dr. Chad C. Pecknold, an Associate Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America.

Pecknold described the papacy as always having been significant in the Western World, but that significance grew with the invention of television.

"The moral authority that the papacy has always had got a kind of a cultural boost with the advent of television, now all people whether they had some attachment or no attachment to the Catholic faith they look to the papacy as this moral guide," Pecknold explained.
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Five things to know about the Pope's visit to the U.S.

From: Sinclair Broadcast Group
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Amanda Ota

While Pope Benedict XVI was ornate in his dress and speech Pope Francis has been simpler, Dr. Chad C. Pecknold, an Associate Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America explained.

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Pre-Empting the Inevitable Spin on Pope Francis’ Address to Congress

From: National Catholic Register
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Jonathan Liedl

Chad Pecknold, a theologian at The Catholic University of America, says the tendency to treat Pope Francis like a presidential candidate seriously distorts what he — and, by extension, Catholic social teaching — is all about. After all, Pecknold says, the Pope isn’t elected to enforce a social contract, but is, instead, “divinely instituted to guard and pass on the Church’s teaching” and “speaks to truths that are prior to politics.”

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Papal visit: How politics play a role ahead of Congressional speech

From: Fox 11 Online
Date: Sept. 21, 2015
Author: Sinclair Broadcast Group

Pope Francis On Twitter And Technology

From: The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Date: Sept. 17, 2015
Host: Kojo Nnamdi

He says he doesn’t watch much television and doesn’t know how to use a computer. But 78-year-old Pope Francis — aka @Pontifex — is a rock star on Twitter. By virtue of his tens of millions of followers and huge numbers of re-tweets, the pope is said to be the most influential Twitter user in the world. We explore how he uses this social media tool to signal his vision for the church, and what he thinks about how we all use technology.

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