Christopher Gunty

 A Chicago-area native, Chris Gunty is associate publisher/editor of The Catholic Review and CEO of its parent publishing company, The Cathedral Foundation/CR Media.

He has spent his whole professional career so far — more than 30 years — in Catholic journalism as a writer, photographer, editor, circulation manager and associate publisher, often performing many of these functions at the same time. He spent four years with The Chicago Catholic; 19 years as founding editor and associate publisher of The Catholic Sun in Phoenix, Ariz.; and six years at The Florida Catholic, a group of six zoned newspapers serving most of the dioceses of Florida: from Pensacola-Tallahassee in the Panhandle to Miami in south Florida. In July 2009, he came to Baltimore to lead The Cathedral Foundation, one of the largest and most diverse diocesan publishing operations in the country.

Chris served as president of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada from 1996 to 1998, and has traveled extensively learning about and reporting on the work of the church, including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Haiti, Poland, Italy, Germany and finally in 2010 visited the Holy Land for the first time.

Chris has three children and two grandchildren. His wife, Ann Augherton, is managing editor of the newspaper for the Arlington Catholic Herald in Virginia.

Commentary

Pope will bestow palliums in Rome
Jun 28 2012
Each year on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, the pope bestows on new metropolitan archbishops from around the world a special vestment called a pallium.

Wise clown makes sense of the Pledge of Allegiance
Jun 13 2012
CR Media CEO and associate publisher/editor Christopher Gunty reflects on Flag Day, drawing from an explanation by actor-comedian Red Skelton.

“Free” deals can cost us part of our dignity
May 31 2012
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, the saying goes. And really no such thing as free Slurpees or free cupcakes. There’s always a catch.

Editorial: Great heritage awaits Baltimore’s new shepherd
May 18 2012
When Archbishop William E. Lori took on the mantle of the Archdiocese of Baltimore May 16, he inherited a legacy.

Providing a safe environment is everyone’s duty
Apr 19 2012
It’s a tough time to be a young person.

Orioles strike out with Good Friday opener
Apr 05 2012
CRMedia CEO and associate publisher/editor Christopher Gunty talks about Opening Day falling on Good Friday.

Komen's good work overshadowed by controversy
Feb 09 2012
What are the folks at Komen thinking? Perhaps the better question is: Are they thinking at all, or are they allowing themselves to be swayed by political pressures?

‘Silent Night’ at the Vatican
Jan 05 2012
Exiting St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican just after midnight on Christmas, the young woman next to me hummed softly to her infant. The strains of “Silent Night” were not hard to discern, as she comforted her baby. It made me recall the Nativity scene we had just passed while exiting the Christmas Mass in the basilica, where Pope Benedict XVI had placed the figure of the baby Jesus and blessed the crèche at the end of the closing procession, to great applause.

7 billion not too many for this planet
Nov 03 2011
You’re one in 7 billion. According to UN estimates, as of Oct. 31, there are now 7 billion people on the planet (well, a few more each day since then). That’s a lot of people. Depending on whom you ask, that’s a good thing, or a reason to panic.

Gala puts a human face on Catholic education
Oct 24 2011
The sounds of a choir of Baltimore City Catholic schoolchildren and the Archbishop Curley High School drumline welcomed 1,100 formally dressed celebrants to the Baltimore Convention Center Oct. 22 for a gala dinner feting Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

Deacons reflect on Word of God
Oct 06 2011
Monsignor James Hannon was a little intimidated by his assignment to preach the homily for the Archdiocese of Baltimore deacons’ convocation Oct. 1 in Potomac. The priest, who recently left his pastorate of a handful of parishes in Mountain Maryland to become associate director of the division of clergy personnel for the archdiocese, told a deacon and his wife, who knew him well from his time at St. Peter in Westernport, that it would be a little daunting to preach to a roomful of preachers, since the faculty to preach is one of the ministries entrusted to deacons.

Cardinal Foley sheds light on archbishop’s new role
Sep 06 2011
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher may provide support for the bricks-and-mortar holy places in the Holy Land, but just as important – maybe more so – is its support for the living stones in the region, the living descendants of the original followers of Christ, says the recently retired head of the order.