Experts available for interviews on Pope Francis’ US Visit and the 2015 World Meeting of Families

  • Pope Francis’ visit to Congress, and various political issues (aside from same-sex marriage; see below): Dr. Jay Richards, co-author of The Hobbit Party, Sheila Liaugminas, author of Non-Negotiable, and Teresa Tomeo, author of Extreme Makeover and contributor to Beloved.

  • The Spanish perspective on Francis’ visit: Alejandro Bermudez, author of Pope Francis: Our Brother, Our Friend.

  • The Jesuit perspective on Francis’ visit: Fr. Robert Spitzer, author of Finding True Happiness and the upcoming book The Soul’s Upward Yearning, and Fr. Joseph Fessio, founder of Ignatius Press.

  • Vatican insider perspective on Francis: Andrea Tornielli, author of Fioretti.

  • Social media coverage (impact) of Francis’ visit to America: Fr. Michel Remery, author of Tweeting With God.

  • Cultural issues affecting marriage/family/women: Sue Ellen Browder, author of the upcoming book Subverted, Pia de Solenni, contributor to Beloved, Teresa Tomeo, author of Extreme Makeover and contributor to Beloved, Sheila Liaugminas, author of Non-Negotiable.

  • Marriage, civil re-marriage and communion in the Church: Dr. Stephen Kampowski, co-author of The Gospel of the Family and Remaining in the Truth of Christ.

  • Same-sex marriage: Janet Smith, author of Living the Truth in Love, and Robert Reilly, author of Making Gay Okay.

  • Environmental issues (Laudato Si): Fr. Joseph Fessio, founder of Ignatius Press, and Dr. Jay Richards, author of The Hobbit Party.

The Gospel of the Family

THE GOSPEL OF THE FAMILY: Going Beyond Cardinal Kasper’s Proposal in the Debate on Marriage, Civil Re-Marriage, and Communion in the Church by J. J. Pérez-Soba and S. Kampowski with a preface by Cardinal George Pell.

  • Professor Stephan Kampowski: Professor Kampowski is an associate professor of philosophical anthropology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome. He is a coordinator of the masters in bioethics and formation organized in conjunction with the Bioethics Institute of the University of the Sacred Heart, Rome. His two other books in English are Arendt, Augustine, and the New Beginning and A Greater Freedom: Biotechnology, Love, and Human Destiny.

  • Father Jose Granados: Rev. José Granados is the Vice President of the Pontifical Institute of John Paul II (Rome) where he is also a professor of dogmatic theology of marriage and family; he is also a guest professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In April 2013 he was appointed by Pope Francis as a consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. Rev. Granados has earned a Doctorate of Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (Bellarmine Award). He also holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pontifical University of Comillas (ICAI), Madrid. He has authored several publications including, with Carl Anderson, Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

  • Mark Brumley: President of Ignatius Press

Remaining in the Truth of Christ

REMAINING IN THE TRUTH OF CHRIST: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church edited by Robert Dodaro, O.S.A.

  • Father Robert Dodaro, O.S.A.: President of the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum, Rome.

  • Professor John Rist (Cambridge, England): Professor Rist is responsible for the patristic/early Church section of the book. Rist is also a strong advocate of much more serious marriage preparation for couples intending to marry in the Catholic Church. He would also be good on the Eastern Orthodox practice, especially its history.

  • Cardinal Raymond Burke: U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke is the prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature and the former archbishop of St. Louis.

  • Father Fessio: Founder and Editor of Ignatius Press. He is available to discuss why Ignatius Press is publishing this and other Synod-related books.

  • Mark Brumley

The Hope of the Family

THE HOPE OF THE FAMILY: Dialogue with Cardinal Gerhard Müller

  • Father Fessio

  • Mark Brumley

On Human Life


  • James Hitchcock: James Hitchcock is a professor emeritus of history at St. Louis University. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. His books include The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life, Catholicism and Modernity, and History of the Catholic Church.

  • Father Fessio

  • Mark Brumley