Alvare Appears on ABC's Nightline
Professor Helen Alvaré made an appearance on ABC's Nightline with Bill Weir on February 11 to comment as a scholar on Pope Benedict XVI's surprise announcement of his February 28 resignation as the leader of the Catholic Church. The segment considered who among the Church's leadership might be considered a likely successor to Benedict XVI.
Alvaré also comments on possible choices for the Pope's successor in an ABC article available online (Pope Benedict XVI Resignation: 7 Expert Picks for the Next Pontiff, ABC News, February 11, 2013. By Alyssa Newcomb.)
Alvaré, an ABC News consultant, is an advisor to Pope Benedict XVI's Pontifical Council for the Laity and has practiced in the area of free exercise of religion. Her background includes work at the Office of General Counsel for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), where she drafted amicus briefs in leading U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning abortion, euthanasia and the Establishment Clause. In addition, she worked with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities at the NCCB, where she lobbied, testified before federal congressional committees, addressed university audiences, and appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs on behalf of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Alvaré's scholarship regularly treats current controversies about marriage, parenting, and the new reproductive technologies.