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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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A Day to Learn the Threat of Can’techesis

(Also published in the blog of the Magis Center, May 3, 2022) Many people are observing May 3 as National Teacher Appreciation Day. Lord, I want to be in that number! Even though this is a commemoration on the secular … Continue reading

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