Chester L Gillis

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Dean, Georgetown College

Department

Main Campus
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In the news

  • “But his stance on social justice is really progressive and he has been a champion of social justice in Latin America," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on the theological views of Pope Francis and how this will affect his new role in the Catholic Church. Francis Toughened by Argentine Politics Ready for Papal Test March 14, 2013, Bloomberg News
  • "His theology is relatively conservative as they all are, but his stance on social justice is really progressive. He has been a champion of social justice in Latin America, so I think that is a happy combination for the church," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on Pope Francis's unique theological views. New pope: Francis visits Rome's St. Mary Major in 1st venture outside Vatican March 14, 2013, Newsday
  • "The first vote is generally kind of a primary really, if there were a primary in the Vatican election...Once they see who has gotten a certain number of votes, then votes tend to shift one way or another pretty quickly," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how the voting rounds for a new Pope in the Vatican typically unfold. Black Smoke: New Pope Yet to Be Chosen March 13, 2013, The Wall Street Journal Live
  • "He's coming in at a very difficult time. This is not coming in when things are smooth. So he can make a big difference in a short period of time, potentially," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how Pope Francis will shape the Catholic Church. Pope Francis Brings 'New Gifts' to the Future of the Catholic Church March 13, 2013, PBS Newshour
  • USA Today quotes Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how a pope's name can send a theological and political message and honor someone of spiritual significance. A pope's name tells his spiritual story and his vision March 13, 2013, USA Today
  • "The Franciscans have devoted themselves to the poor, and he's been living in a place where there’s wealth but a lot of poverty as well.... This is a sign of being on the side of the poor," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on why Pope Francis chose his name. Why does the pope change his name? Why 'Francis'? March 13, 2013, Los Angeles Times
  • "If you had someone that could connect more readily, it would make a difference," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how the next pope could affect the Catholic Church as a whole. Black smoke released, conclave continues March 13, 2013, NBC News
  • "They will still be looking for someone who is theologically oriented appropriately with the Church and someone who is spiritually deep. I think those are high criteria for this, as well as the management skills," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on the selection process for the next pope. Papal Vote Won't Last More Than 3 Days, Gillis Says March 12, 2013, Bloomberg TV
  • "Everything about this is unprecedented...there are no rules for this." Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on the aftermath of Pope Benedict XVI's retirement and its effect on the Vatican. Vatican media advisor: Benedict 'very relieved' by retirement decision February 28, 2013, CBS News
  • "To shoulder this job is a grave responsibility, which the Pope has taken seriously, and I think it really is a very tiring job. He's exhausted and certainly the scandals have been a tremendous burden, both morally and financially, for the Church." Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on the effect of the Catholic church's sexual abuse scandals on Pope Benedict XVI's decision to retire. Pope Benedict "burdened" by sex abuse, butler scandals, papal expert says February 11, 2013, CBS
  • "I think it's a dual legacy; history will tell us what it really is, but in part, he has shepherded the Church through a very difficult period with these sexual abuse crises, which has affected the Church morally, and its standing and its credibility. I think the other part is that he probably leaves behind a more conservative Church." Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on what he believes will be the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI. Papal Expert Weighs In on Benedict's Legacy February 11, 2013, Wall Street Journal Live