Catholic Experts Available to Respond to Papal Exhortation

Written By Call To Action


April 7, 2016

Press Advisory

Catholic Experts in Women’s, LGBT, Reproductive Health, Family Life Issues Available to Respond to Friday’s Papal Exhortation

April 7, 2016. When Pope Francis’ response to two years of global Synods on the Family, an apostolic exhortation entitled “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), is finally released on April 8, a number of Catholic experts will be available to help interpret this document. These individuals lead organizations that represent the perspectives of the majority of U.S. Catholics on issues including women’s roles in the Church, reproductive health, LGBT concerns, divorce and remarriage, and access to the sacraments. Most have decades of experience writing, advocating, and teaching on these issues.

The available speakers and areas of expertise include:

Impact on Lay Catholics/Family Life/Church Reform

Ryan Hoffmann, Call To Action, 574.675.6726,

LGBT Issues

Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA, 617.669.7810

Fracnis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry, 240.432.2489 or 301.277.5674,

Women’s Issues/Reproductive Health

Jon O’Brien, Catholics for Choice, 202.986.6093 or 202.294.4081,

Deborah Rose-Milavec, FutureChurch, 216.228.0869 ext. 13 or513.673.1401,

Mary E. Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual,301.589.2509 or 240.472.4587,

Erin Hanna, Women’s Ordination Conference, 401.588.0457 or 202.675.1006,

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