Pia de Solenni

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Pia de Solenni

Dr. Pia de Solenni is a moral theologian and cultural analyst. She is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, and National Review Online.

An international expert, she has given popular and academic talks to a variety of audiences, including lay, clergy and the hierarchy.

Dr. de Solenni has appeared on MSNBC, “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, “The O’Reilly Factor”, CNN, ABCNews, among others. Dr. de Solenni has been quoted in newspapers nationwide, including The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Associated Press.
Dr. de Solenni received her doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. Her dissertation was published in the university series Dissertationes. On Nov 8, 2001, she received the 2001 Award of the Pontifical Academies for her doctoral work. The award was presented by John Paul II.

Dr. de Solenni resides in Seattle, Washington.

Recent Posts

Future Swiss Guard, currently eats bread and jam.

“But I’m the Pope. Sit down.”

An Italian soccer news site has a sweet story about Pope Francis who apparently gets up very early without an alarm. [caption id="attachment_47390" align="alignright" width="171"] Future Swiss Gu... More

Mandate opponents at a briefing after the hearing.

Pro-Choice Women Defeat Washington Abortion Mandate

Yep, you read that correctly. But I don't mean "pro-choice" as in women who don't think you're responsible enough to decide whether you can buy a big gulp and yet think you should be able to decide to... More


Shoe Leather Evangelization

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Pope Francis Takes A Cue From Benedict XVI: Prayer

Ok, I'll just dive in. What struck me most about Pope Francis' first public appearance was his apparent humility and his focus on prayer. First, he asked us to pray for Benedict and he led the crowd i... More


Same Sex Marriage & Catholics: Survey Says…

It's all about how you read the signs... Today's headline to a study claiming that Catholics support same sex marriage and want the Church to change its teaching: Quinnipiac University Natio... More


Young Catholics, The New Pope, HuffPost, & Me

I'll be on HuffingtonPost Live at 11 a.m. ET today to discuss a recent WAPostarticle on (some) young-ish Catholics and the Church they want. This is sort of a follow up to my recent contribution ... More


Cardinals Invite Everyone To Pray With Them At St. Peter’s Tomorrow.

  In the Vatican reporting about today's Particular Congregation, mention is made of a proposal that was accepted to dedicate tomorrow evening's session (presumably starting at the regular tim... More


Bp Vasa To Catholic Teachers: Get On Board With Your Employer’s Mission.

Bishop Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa in northern California is requiring teachers in diocesan (Catholic) schools to sign a statement called "Bearing Witness" that they will live in accord with the... More

B16 last audience

Benedict’s Last Papal Audience: What is the Church?

Pope Benedict gave his last Audience today. As you can see, Piazza San Pietro was packed. In his address, he gave a quick discussion about the nature of the Church when he described the response to hi... More


B16: No more church of what’s-happenin’-now.

I continue in my belief that Benedict's decision to resign is a momentous time of reform and readying the Church for the modern age. Last week, B16 addressed the Roman clergy and gave informal remark... More



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