In the Media

Media Outlets

Part of the Cushwa Center's mission is to provide the media with resources, critical commentary, and expertise about the Catholic Church in the United States. Members of the media are encouraged to contact the center with inquiries or interview requests.

Recent media appearances, quotes, and commentary include:

Local Authors
Politically Speaking, WNIT
May 17, 2019

'Hesburgh' captures the simple faith and outsized influence of 'Father Ted'
Religion News Service
May 3, 2019

American pope? Rare, leaked report from Pope Francis's election reveals who got votes
Washington Post
March 22, 2019

Le donne cattoliche e la politica statunitense
L'Osservatore Romano
March 1, 2019

As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful for 'Bold Moves'


February 20, 2019


Expectations high for Pope Francis' sex-abuse summit, but some brace for disappointment

Philadelphia Inquirer

February 17, 2019 


In the American quest for a home-grown saint, faith and identity collide
U.S. Catholic
February 11, 2019

In major shift, lay Catholics are organizing to push bishops on reform. And sometimes priests join in.

Washington Post
December 21, 2018

McAuley's legacy: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas celebrate 175 years in US
Global Sisters Report
December 20, 2018

Beyond Georgetown: Exploring The Influence of The Catholic Church On D.C.
WAMU 88.5
December 19, 2018

The Sex-Abuse Scandal Is Growing Faster Than the Church Can Contain It
The Atlantic
September 14, 2018

Clericalism: The culture that enables abuse and insists on hiding it
Catholic News Service
August 22, 2018

Victim Advocates of Clergy Abuse Say They Won't Bury the Past
Morning Edition, NPR
August 22, 2018

LCWR 'ashamed of the church we love' after abuse report
Global Sisters Report
August 21, 2018

Pope Francis admits Catholic Church leaders failed to address priest sex abuse
NBC Nightly News
August 20, 2018

Pope on sex abuse: 'We showed no care for the little ones'

Associated Press

August 20, 2018


Many Catholics call for dramatic change after latest sex abuse revelations

PBS NewsHour

August 20, 2018


Pope Francis: ‘No effort must be spared’ to prevent Catholic Church abuses

Washington Post

August 20, 2018

Critics say pope's comments are both 'bold' and 'too little, too late'
Religion News Service
August 20, 2018

For Catholics, Gradual Reform is No Longer an Option
New York Times
August 17, 2018

Sisters’ Quiet Life of Prayer Disrupted by an Affordable Housing Fight
New York Times
February 9, 2018

Millennial women disengage from Catholic Church: Blame the barriers
National Catholic Reporter
February 1, 2018

The humble, indispensable women leading the Catholic Church you've (probably) never heard of
January 22, 2018




‘Humble friar’ Casey on road to sainthood
The Detroit News
November 16, 2017

Beatification of Father Solanus Casey draws 70,000 faithful Catholics to Detroit
Detroit Free Press
November 12, 2017

Unlocked: 1967 survey of 140,000 US sisters now accessible to all
National Catholic Reporter
October 26, 2017

First beatification Mass for US-born priest and martyr draws thousands
Religion News Service
September 23, 2017

The Oklahoma priest who could become the first American-born man to be canonized a saint
Washington Post
September 21, 2017




Study of women deacons won't be first, but might answer questions
Catholic News Service
May 17, 2016

The pope forms commission to study concept of women deacons
FOX News
May. 13, 2016

Francis' female deacon commission brings hope, caution
National Catholic Reporter
May 12, 2016

Pope Francis on women deacons
ABC 57
May 12, 2016

Notre Dame's Kathleen Cummings talks about Pope Francis' announcement to study female deacons
Fox 28
May 12, 2016

Pope Francis Softens Communion Ban for Divorcees, Shifts Tone on Family
NBC Nightly News
April 8, 2016

Mother Teresa’s Canonization Is a Recognition of Holiness, Not Perfection
New York Times
March 25, 2016

Pope Francis has decreed that women can take part in the foot-washing ritual today, Maundy Thursday
Washington Post
March 24, 2016

Vatican: Pope Francis was not singling out Donald Trump with 'wall' remarks
February 20, 2016

The Donald vs. the Pope 
February 18, 2016

Pope Questions Trump's Christianity — and Trump Fires Back
NBC Nightly News
February 18, 2016




More young women than you think consider becoming nuns
December 10, 2015

New study: Number of US women religious about the same as a century ago
Global Sisters Report
December 9, 2015

Report: Sisters’ numbers shrinking but growing more diverse
Catholic News Service
December 9, 2015

The inevitable question for women: To stay or go? 
National Catholic Reporter
December 3, 2015

Meeting with Kim Davis has pope-watchers asking, what did Francis mean?
Washington Post
September 30, 2015

Standing Ovations, Kissing Babies: A Wrap Up of Pope Francis' U.S. Tour
NBC Nightly News
September 28, 2015

Philadelphia Illustrates Catholic Church’s Dueling Dynamics in America
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
September 27, 2015

Pope Francis' translator and 'wingman,' Monsignor Mark Miles, gains fans of his own
Today Show
September 24, 2015

America’s Long And Complicated History With Catholicism
Here & Now
September 23, 2015

Pope to Canonize 18th-Century Missionary; Not Everyone Happy
Associated Press (New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News, Huffington Post, 100+ others) 
September 23, 2015

Pope has chance to reclaim ‘moral authority’ in visit
Boston Globe
September 23, 2015

Pope's trip comes as U.S. churches fight to survive
CBS MoneyWatch
September 22, 2015

Global Audience Turns to VOA Ahead of Pope Francis US Tour
Voice of America
September 22, 2015

Pope as pastor or business basher?
September 22, 2015

'We Believe': Cubans Flock to Pope Francis' Historic Open-Air Mass
NBC Nightly News
September 21, 2015

Poll: Americans widely admire Pope Francis, but his church less so
Washington Post
September 20, 2015

Michiana Catholics prepare to see or meet Pope Francis
South Bend Tribune
September 20, 2015

Francis is a global sensation, but to certain traditional Catholics, his message rings hollow
Washington Post
September 18, 2015

Pope Francis and the New Roman Empire (paywall)
September 17, 2015

Chicago archbishop uses Pope Francis visit to highlight agenda
Chicago Tribune
September 17, 2015

Pope Francis picks three sisters to audit family synod
Global Sisters Report
September 16, 2015

Pope Francis’ address to US bishops could be consequential
September 16, 2015

Canonization ceremony by pope will be a first for U.S., and it's a controversial one
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2015

Pope Francis, women are waiting
September 10, 2015

Pope Francis fast-tracks marriage annulments
Here & Now 
September 8, 2015

Pope Francis: All priests can now grant absolution for abortion
September 1, 2015

Is the Pope's challenge to America having an anti-Francis effect?
Catholic News Agency
July 24, 2015

Catholicism undervalues women
The New York Times
May 6, 2015

Student Loans Delay, Deter Dreams of Becoming a Nun
NBC News
March 23, 2015

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh revolutionized Notre Dame
February 27, 2015

Women lead in the Church, even as Catholics debate their role
January 15, 2015



2014 "In the Media" links


2013 "In the Media" links