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Dr. Nancy Dallavalle Engages with the Question: What is Influencing American Catholicism Today?
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  • Nancy Dallavalle, Fairfield University
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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What is influencing American Catholicism today? Dr. Nancy Dallavalle observes that Pope John Paul II was able to use public media and in so doing changed the papacy forever. Historically, American Protestantism has been influential by defining for Catholics what being American means.

Playing Time: 5:11 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Nancy Dallavalle holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Fairfield University. She works as a Catholic Systematic Theologian with special interests in the conversation between science and religion and the role of Catholics in the public forum. Also, Dr. Dallavalle has written on related issues including the following: “Resilient Citizens: The Public (and Gendered) Face of American Catholicism” in Inculturation and the Church in North America, Kennedy, S.J., T. Frank (ed.) and “Feminist Theologies” in The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner, Hines, Mary and Marmion, Declan (eds.).

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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Nancy Dallavalle and Alfred Benney. "Dr. Nancy Dallavalle Engages with the Question: What is Influencing American Catholicism Today?" (2012)
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