All Catholic Review editorial staff members contribute to the Amen column, which covers topics ranging from weddings to Mother's Day to dealing with loss.


Of haberdasheries and ‘Death Dust’
Aug 16 2013
For years, a tattered and taped copy of the Aug. 30, 1902, issue of The Catholic Mirror has jockeyed for attention on my sometimes-cluttered desk at the Catholic Review.

You don’t need a passport to see Europe
Aug 01 2013
Across Europe, legions of workers have fled the city for holiday. Many are cooling off in the Alps or on a Mediterranean beach; some are adding to the traffic at Yellowstone National Park. Rome, Paris and Madrid, meanwhile, are awash with American tourists, absorbing culture and calories.

Remembering a great-grandma
Jul 19 2013
As the saying goes, “the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

‘Good Pope John’ and ‘John Paul the Great’ slated for sainthood
Jul 13 2013
Two popes with different histories will likely be canonized by the end of the year, thanks to a decree signed by Pope Francis July 5. He accepted the verification of a second miracle attributed to Blessed John Paul II, and waived the requirement of a second miracle in the case of Blessed John XXIII.

Silent saint gets his due
Jul 12 2013
When I informed Monsignor Martin Feild that Pope Francis had inserted a reference to St. Joseph in all the main eucharistic prayers used at Mass in the Latin rite, the longtime pastor of St. Joseph in Taneytown lit up.

Put a -30- on the Printers’ Mass
Jun 13 2013
In 1986, less than a generation after it had enjoyed the highest newspaper circulation in Baltimore, The News American went out of business.

This Priest Appreciation Day, thank priests who change lives
May 29 2013
Father Dale Picarella had just finished greeting a mob of parishioners at the end of Mass when I approached him in the sacristy with a special request. Would he visit my mother at Bayview Medical Center in East Baltimore as she was recovering from cancer surgery?

Strong, silent – and sad
May 22 2013
The most disturbing news this spring regarding human nature was not announced with violent video, but with cold numbers in a long-range governmental study.

Mother’s Day holds special meaning for new mom
May 03 2013
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and it takes on new meaning for me this year because it’s my first as a mother.

Sporting statements, sacred and profane
Apr 19 2013
High-profile sporting events have long been an inviting platform for someone looking to make a statement.