Category Archives: Education

On World Communications: Love is News We Can Use

An updated version of this commentary will be posted today as a special edition of “Phronesis in Pieces” at billschmitt.substack.com. Pope Francis, posting his 2023 World Communications Day message, has reinforced the sense of urgency and purpose he consistently connects … Continue reading

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Priest’s Word to the Wise: Love to Study, Study to Love

This book review first appeared in The Tablet, newspaper of the Brooklyn Diocese, on Dec. 3, 2022. “Theology” can be an off-putting, academic word. But a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn has emerged on a mission to enrich Catholics’ … Continue reading

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Game of Kings, King of Games

First published in “Phronesis in Pieces” at billschmitt.substack.com on Dec. 19, 2022. The world of political reporting groans with a desperate need for graduates of the Shelby Lyman School of Journalism. This is a problem because there is no Shelby … Continue reading

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The Abstract Arts, Framing Reality

Published 10/28/22 at billschmitt.substack.com, reprinted here with some modifications. Previously on Substack … We talked about the “Brights” as a movement of liberal atheists who introduced themselves in a New York Times commentary in 2003 and continued promoting their doctrines of illumination. Those ideas … Continue reading

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The Foresight Saga

Published on 9/1/22 at billschmitt.substack.com. The prescient 1977 book Mediaworld, written by John M. Phelan, who taught my Broadcasting 101 course at Fordham, defined propaganda as “the control of behavior through the control of belief.” Phelan wrote, “The evil of propaganda is … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Sees a World of Emergencies, Wants a World of Human Encounters

Bill discussed subjects related to this post on Catholic radio with program host Matt Swaim on October 6. Click on the archive here and advance to the 1 hour-17 min. mark. The encyclical sent forth to all the world by … Continue reading

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All the News About What’s Not Fit to Print

This 2019 video shows Bari Weiss, who resigned  from New York Times in mid-July, 2020. The open letter of resignation posted by New York Times opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss on her website this week reminds us that journalism … Continue reading

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Jeopardy Beyond COVID: Answers in the Form of a Question

I commented in this blog on April 27, 2020, that it seems timely for Catholics to prepare for the next spiritual metaphor of the COVID-19 epic. The phenomena of quarantining and distancing, which continue to evolve as we struggle to … Continue reading

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Happiness and the Jordan Peterson Factor

Jordan Peterson interviewed Bishop Robert Barron, discussing plot twists our world needs now. This post was published in Fr. Robert Spitzer’s Magis Center blog on June 3. Imagine we’re writing the current chapter in a history of human relationships to … Continue reading

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Churches Awaiting the Love After Lockdown: Many Happy Returns

See stephenbarany.com for instructions on making this easy art project,perhaps in time for Mass. As more Catholics resume physical attendance at Mass in areas where governors and bishops have issued policies easing COVID-19 lockdown rules, pastors and parish ministers around … Continue reading

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