NELSON INSTITUTE’S DR. PHAM QUOTED IN MEDIA ON PAPAL REMARK “CONTROVERSY”

September 18, 2006

HARRISONBURG—As “controversy” continues to swirl concerning remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI, a former university professor and official, during an academic address at the University of Regensburg last week—remarks which have been interpreted by some Muslims as offensive—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, has found himself again serving as a resource for the media.

Dr. Pham, who served as a senior consultant for CBS News and was frequently cited in the international press during the transition between the late Pope John Paul II and the present pontiff, was quoted today on the front page of the The Washington Post and in Associated Press dispatches from Rome. He also appeared as a guest on Hillary and Friends with Hillary Howard on WTWP FM 107.7/AM 1500 in Washington, D.C., and News at Noon with Allan Loudell on WDEL AM 1150 in Wilmington, Delaware. He also fielded calls from a number of other journalists.