“The Mission of the Catholic Press,” 1920′s Style

From the thirties through the sixties, The Brooklyn Tablet was considered “the most influential diocesan paper in America.” Jesuit historian James Hennesey writes that few papers “had the spice” of the Tablet, with its hardcore anticommunism and general conservative tenor. No one embodied the image of the pugnacious Brooklyn Irish Catholic better than its longtime [Read More...]

Confederate President Almost Converts

When he was a child, future Confederate President Jefferson Davis attended Catholic school for a short while, the College of St. Thomas near Springfield, Kentucky. (In those days, “college” was a loose term meaning anything from grammar school through junior college.) Founded by the Dominican Fathers in 1812, St. Thomas was the first school west [Read More...]

Children’s Book Features African-American Nun

Sister Anne’s Hands, written by Marybeth Lorbiecki and beautifully illustrated by K. Wendy Popp, is a neat little book about an African-American nun in an unnamed religious order teaching white European ethnic school children in an unnamed city during the 1960’s. When Sister Anne is the subject of a racial comment, she uses the incident [Read More...]