Ohio Dominican University Professor Offers Expertise during Papal Conclave, Election

Associate Professor Leo Madden


Columbus, OH (43219) – Central Ohio television, radio and newspaper reporters turned to Ohio Dominican University (ODU) Associate Professor Leo Madden, S.T.D., S.S.L. while covering Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation, the Papal Conclave and Papal Election, which concluded March 13 with the election of Pope Francis I. Dr. Madden also is the Director of the University’s Master of Arts in Theology program. 

Dr. Madden appeared in at least a dozen articles and news broadcasts. 

Feb. 11 

Feb. 27 

Feb. 28 

Feb. 29 

  •  NBC4, WCMH 

March 13 

March 14 

"The past month has been an historical time for the Catholic Church, even for a Church that has been in existence for more than 2,000 years,” said Professor Madden. “During the past month, I've had the privilege of being interviewed by many media outlets in Columbus. In my conversations with them, I noticed many emotions: curiosity about what prompted Pope Benedict XVI to abdicate; curiosity about how the Conclave worked; fascination at the old-fashioned pageantry. Prior to the Conclave, many commentators spoke about the need for transparency in the Vatican; but in fact, what we need is the transparency of a person who lives the Gospel message with serenity and joy. Pope Francis encourages all of us to join him in that journey. I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to share my thoughts and perspective so readers, listeners and viewers can have a clear understanding of this wonderful and exciting process.” 

“Professor Madden perfectly exemplifies our belief that learning happens every day, inside and outside of the classroom,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Theresa Holleran, Ph.D., said. “We’re thrilled that local reporters and media outlets recognize the valuable asset he is to Ohio Dominican University, and that Central Ohioans have had the opportunity to hear his unique perspective in a way that they can clearly understand this historic process.” 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year, private, comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.