JFK’s strong Catholic ties and the speech he DIDN’T give

Ten years ago, while working in the Dallas bureau of The Associated Press, I wrote a national package of stories commemorating the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. As the nation paused today — the 50th anniversary — to remember Kennedy’s death on Nov. 22, 1963, I wondered if any enterprising journalist might [Read More...]

Assessing the state of the Godbeat

I posted earlier this week on three veteran superstars of the Godbeat — Ann Rodgers, Bob Smietana and Tim Townsend — deciding to leave major daily newspapers. I noted a tweet in which The New York Times’ religion writer Laurie Goodstein joked, “Will the last one on the religion beat please turn out the lights?” Playing [Read More...]

Et tu, Tim? Townsend latest to leave the Godbeat (updated)

Speaking of Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes … In the last few weeks, we’ve highlighted the departures of two respected journalists from the Godbeat. First, Bob Smietana left The Tennessean. Then Ann Rodgers announced plans to leave the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Now, a third religion-writing superstar — Tim Townsend of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — has decided to leave the [Read More...]

Noooooooooooo!!! Godbeat losing a superstar

It's official: I'm leaving Post-Gazette 9/5 to be communications director for #Catholic @diopitt Thanks for a great 33 yrs in journalism — Ann Rodgers (@pgfaith) August 29, 2013   Please forgive the exclamation points in the title. But enough already. On the heels of Bob Smietana leaving The Tennessean, the impending departure of a religion-writing superstar [Read More...]

Beautiful tribute to Catholic sisters in Civil War nursing

On this Independence Day, let’s look at a great story that appeared on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette really pulled out the stops for coverage of this Civil War anniversary and Sunday’s paper had a special section that covered various angles. I’m no Civil War buff but my visit [Read More...]

Journalism highs and lows: Christianity and gays edition

I’m elated to be able to highlight a wonderful article headlined “Christians’ views vary on gay marriage.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news piece shared just that — how Christians view marriage and why. A sample from the work: Most opposition to same-sex civil marriage is rooted in religious conviction. A recent Pew poll found that 73 [Read More...]


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