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Loyola president and director of Institute for Ministry both weigh in on Pope’s visit

April 18, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans President, the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., and Loyola Institute for Ministry Director Tom Ryan, have recently been interviewed by several local media outlets regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States, and specifically his address to Catholic educators.

Wildes was interviewed while in Washington on Thursday by the Times-Picayune, WWLTV News Channel 4, WDSU News Channel 6, and WVUE Fox 8, directly after the Pope’s address to educators. Earlier this week, he appeared on Tuesday’s morning show for WDSU News Channel 6. Ryan was interviewed by the Times-Picayune on Monday, by Channel 6 in studio for its noon show on Tuesday, and later that day by Fox 8. Fr. Wildes' interview on WWLTV can be viewed here.

Both Wildes and Ryan gave commentary on the Pope’s visit, his message to educators and on Loyola’s mission as a university and its Catholic identity.

Wildes addressed Loyola’s Catholic identity directly in an April 18 Times-Picayune article. “For all of us, this is something that is an ongoing work of mission. He (the Pope) challenged us to keep working at it. So, am I satisfied? Yes, but we have to be constantly renewing and asking how we can do it better.”

“One great thing universities do for the church is that they are places where people can argue and try to understand,” Wildes was quoted in. “Part of what that does is to strengthen the church’s positions. We will always be places of argument. That is the nature of universities in general.”

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