Bishop of Orange appoints theological consultant

In newly created post, Dr. Pia de Solenni will offer Bishop Kevin Vann advice on questions of doctrine or dogma
Pia de Solenni, SThD (photo from Diocese of Orange website)

Pia de Solenni, SThD (photo from Diocese of Orange website)

The following comes from a September 26 Diocese of Orange press release:

The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has appointed Pia de Solenni, SThD and associate dean of the Augustine Institute, to serve as the first Theological Consultant to the Office of the Bishop.

In this newly created position within the Diocese of Orange, the Theological Consultant collaborates and advises key members of the Curia, including the Bishop, on pertinent matters of theology, doctrine and Church history and the impact and import of these issues within the modern Catholic family and culture. Dr. Solenni’s appointment is effective immediately.

In her role as theological consultant Dr. de Solenni will, at the request of the bishop, review and offer her observations concerning his writings and teachings, as well as her opinion regarding questions of doctrine or dogma. In addition, she will vet articles for clarity and accuracy that will appear in the diocesan newspaper and on its website. Upon request, Dr. de Solenni will review religion textbooks to assure they are aligned with magisterial teachings, and perform the duty of a censor librorum. As requested by the bishop, she may author an occasional newspaper or website column on current matters related to the faith. Ultimately, Dr. de Solenni will assist the bishop in promoting and guarding the integrity of the Catholic faith.

Solenni received her doctorate in sacred theology, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. She received the 2001 Award of the Pontifical Academies for her doctoral work, presented by St. John Paul II.

With extensive experience in the areas of women’s health, bioethics, the new feminism, Catholicism and culture, she is a sought-after expert on these subjects. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, The National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor and other respected publications.

“I’ve been given a unique education and role as a woman theologian,” Solenni told OC Catholic, “so I also hope to fulfill another way that women can have an active role in the Church.”

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  1. Tony de New York says:

    GOD bless her!

  2. The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is run by Opis Dei so Dr. deSolenni will undoubtedly provide the good Bishop with clear and conservative advice congruent with the magisterium. Congratulations to Dr. deSolenni.

  3. A bishop with a “consultant on theology, doctrine, and Church history”? Shouldn’t our bishops be trained and expert on these matters and rather using consultants for diocesan financial and administrative affairs?

    What seminary did the bishop attend?

    • Anonymous says:

      Of course bishops are trained in those matters. But a Bishop has more to do than academic study of these kinds of matters. It would be like asking a bishop to balance the books and accounts of the diocese himself. Doesn’t happen, even if he is trained in good financial management.

  4. Not in article–odd, but looks like did her undergrad at Thomas Aquinas College. That’s hopeful.

  5. Michael McDermott says:

    Hmm – “The New Feminism”

    As a student – and target – of the ‘Old Feminism’ (aka Misandry = Hatred of Men & Boys, Masculinity & Normal Heterosexuality) – I am curious as to how this does (or is alleged) to differ?

    Whether she is of the school of Hoff Sommers, Patai, Paglia, Bruce – or perhaps O’Berne, O’Leary (amongst others) is of considerable import.

    But then Men seem pretty much shut out (or shouted out) of the ‘gender discussion’ regardless; as if their views actually mattered anyway.

    As a founder of the former “Men’s Equal Rights” board at AWOL (American Womyn On Line) – once the most heavily posted on in the system, despite Official Denials of its existence, One Wonders if Men (even Non-Feminist ones) will be…

  6. Michael McDermott says:

    It appears as if the CCD Message Boards were Hacked – shortly after this story appeared. Anyone else notice this?

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