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May 15, 2014
There he goes, there (Bill Keller) goes again …
In light of the latest newsroom drama at The New York Times, let's pause and...
May 14, 2014
Nuanced portrait of a rising Catholic star: Cardinal Wuerl
Well, darn. Someone in the media remembers that there are other Catholic leaders besides Pope...
May 12, 2014
Devil in the details: WPost on Francis teaching about Satan
The current head of the Catholic Church has often shocked liberals by showing he actually...
May 10, 2014
Getting a feel for the whole elephant in that Mississippi law
You know that ancient story about the blind men groping their way around an elephant?...
May 07, 2014
Boko Haram leader’s profile: chilling but incomplete
"His name is Abubakar Shekau. He is the leader of Boko Haram. And he has...
May 06, 2014
SCOTUS prayer case: reporting, opinion in one story
Like many towns, prayer opens government meetings in Greece, N.Y. Unlike many towns, a couple...
May 02, 2014
Sensitive feature looks at caregivers’ work with the dying
Thank God, literally, that not all religion news stories are about terrorists or same-sex marriage...
May 01, 2014
Did Washington Post offer reporting or cheerleading?
The religious left gets sympathetic treatment, not only from a new report by the Brookings...
April 26, 2014
Was Kabul shooting over religion? Shouldn’t someone ask?
Q: What question has no answer? A: The one you don’t ask. In Thursday's shooting...
April 23, 2014
Easter season, check … Chip away at basic beliefs, check
You know all of those news articles you see published every year at Ramadan that...
April 19, 2014
Shocking news! T.D. Jakes doubts something!
"Replate 1A." That was a favorite dry reaction at my old newspaper whenever someone announced...
April 17, 2014
Ahhh … a balanced article on religion … thanks, David
After carving apart so many journalism-challenged articles, it's nice to be able to throw laurels...
April 14, 2014
For the Times, Ayaan Hirsi Ali controversy has only one side
Brandeis University offered an honorary degree to a controversial speaker, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, then withdrew...
April 11, 2014
Sister Jane drama: Observer still trying to catch up on news
The Charlotte Observer tried to play catch-up this week on the Sister Jane controversy. But...
April 10, 2014
Dear Sun editors: Do you favor a state-endorsed faith or not?
Anyone who has been paying attention to American public life in recent decades knows that...
April 09, 2014
Bob Coy’s fall: Kinder, gentler media treatment, for now
Some of the most compelling Bible stories are those with flawed characters like David and...
April 07, 2014
Codewords are much easier to find than Waldo
Before dissecting this MSNBC story, let's pause for a round of Spot the Codewords. Start...
April 04, 2014
Sister Jane, chapter 2: Observer still favors the protestors
Remember the fracas over a speech by a nun at a Catholic school? Well, they...
April 02, 2014
Some finger-waggling about a Catholic school story
The scowling, scolding, dogmatic nun is among the few stereotypes that persist in otherwise sensitive,...
March 31, 2014
When you wish upon a trend … it’s no longer news
Sometimes, anecdotes are a wellspring for indepth reporting. Other times, it just leads to wishful...
March 28, 2014
They didn’t even agree on what they disagreed on
Can you have a meeting of minds when you don’t agree on what you discussed...
March 25, 2014
On Hobby Lobby, how does the Supreme Court measure up?
Aaaaiiieeeee! More "devout Catholics!" No, wait. The Washington Post seems here to be using the...
March 24, 2014
GR reader contributes a little ghost-spotting of his own
You know that cliché about some stories writing themselves? Well, sometimes a reader fairly writes...
March 22, 2014
Do skewed churches deserve skewed coverage?
Funny, isn't it? So many people recoiled in horror at the judgmentalism of the Rev....
March 21, 2014
Do baby elephants dwell on same-sex marriage?
Young Republicans: so stylish and libertarian. So free of cares, except perhaps for weed and...
March 17, 2014
Bubbles, Lutherans and the Wall Street Journal
Can colored soap bubbles blow up church attendance? Can giant crossword puzzles spell success? If...
March 14, 2014
Funny, that rainy day is here — complete with dance steps
Honestly, I thought I was reading some stray chapter from the New Agey Celestine Prophecy...
March 12, 2014
Concerning that gathering called by the Ecumenical Patriarch
"Journalism is the first rough draft of history," according to a famous quote by publisher...
March 11, 2014
Church & state: Double coverage challenge in Seattle
I often ding mainstream media for lapses on religious doctrine. I also criticize them for...
March 08, 2014
Those elusive Devout Catholics™ are back
We have another Devout Catholic™ sighting! That legendary creature, best known to reporters in mainstream...
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