Author Archives: Bill Schmitt

About Bill Schmitt

OnWord.net is the home for Bill Schmitt's blog and biographical information. This blog, initiated during Bill's nearly 14 years as a communications professional at Notre Dame, expresses Bill's opinions alone. Go to "About Bill Schmitt" and "I Link, Therefore I Am" to see samples of multimedia content I'm producing now and have produced during my journalism career and my marketing communications career. Like me at facebook.com/wgschmitt, follow me on Twitter @wschmitt, and meet "bill schmitt" on LinkedIn.

Privilege Has its Memberships

This two-part blog post combines (and adapts) commentaries written for my regular contributions to “Substack” (found at billschmitt.substack.com). The pair of reflections, which carried dates of August 16 and September 15, respectively, appeared under my Substack title, “Phronesis in Pieces.” … Continue reading

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Pronounced Flaws in Our Messages

(This was also published on August 6 as the first segment of my newsletter at billschmitt.substack.com) Words demand good stewardship. They are multi-dimensional containers of meaning. Never have they been more definition-fluid, and never have they shown more definition-intersectionality, thanks … Continue reading

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Hang-Ups About Spiderman on Film

(Also published on August 5 as the first segment of my newsletter at billschmitt.substack.com) My “Spidey sense” was tingling as I finally watched the Spiderman: No Way Home film. I watched it on DVD, not the web. As an avid fan of … Continue reading

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Gone Fission: This TV Spot is the Bomb!

(Published in the blog of the Magis Center on July 28) This month, the world got to watch a public service announcement released by New York City’s emergency management office. It offers steps to take when a nuclear attack has … Continue reading

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Crash of Symbols

My reporting for the June 25, 2022 issue of The Tablet, Brooklyn’s Catholic diocesan newspaper, reminded me that only one-third of U.S. Catholics say they believe in the “real presence” of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine consecrated at … Continue reading

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Notes for “Saints and Scholars” Presentation

Dear Prof. Albarran and Students: It was an honor and pleasure to talk with you yesterday as part of Holy Cross College’s annual “Saints and Scholars” program. Here are some notes to amplify the thoughts I shared with you about … Continue reading

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Research Report Prompted Bishops to Start National Campaign

(Story by Bill Schmitt published in The Tablet of the Diocese of Brooklyn, June 25, 2022) The backstory of the National Eucharistic Revival planned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) includes surprising statistics from a Pew Research Center … Continue reading

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Bohemian Melancholy

(Also published as a segment of my newsletter on June 13 at billschmitt.substack.com) “What kind of contagion is influencing our young people, and our old people, that they seek to engage in these dramatic mass killings?” That was a rhetorical … Continue reading

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11 Takeaways from World Communications Day: Remember to “Listen Up” for Weekend Wisdom

In his 2022 message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis has urged that we renew our ability to listen–to God, to ourselves, to others, and to information from many sources. The Vatican released that message in January, but the Catholic … Continue reading

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A Tearful City Regroups with Eyes on Faith

WAUKESHA VALUES CHURCH IN RECOVERY FROM PARADE TRAGEDY SIX MONTHS AGO (Story by Bill Schmitt published in The Tablet in the Diocese of Brooklyn, May 21, 2022) WAUKESHA, Wis. — Viewers of a Wisconsin TV news report on Easter Sunday … Continue reading

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