Category Archives: Words

Social Distancing: Viral Strain or a Step Toward Healing?

As someone who’s avidly and anxiously watching the growth of social polarization in America, I squirmed upon hearing that one of the prescriptions for our latest national challenge—managing the COVID-19 pandemic—is a strategy called “social distancing.” Oh, great. What is … Continue reading

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Pope’s 2020 Message on Communications: Tell Good Stories

From Jan. 28, 2020 podcast–Bill Schmitt discusses Pope Francis’ call for communication Pope Francis’ message for the 2020 World Communications Day urges Catholics to be good storytellers–that is, people who know a good story when they hear it and faithful … Continue reading

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“The Irishman”–A Film Epic of Spiritual Warfare, with a Warning

This review of “The Irishman” from a Catholic perspective was first published in the blog of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life on Feb. 5, 2020.    Boomer film buffs might see Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman as a kind … Continue reading

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This Just In: 2020 World Communications Day Message

Hello dear readers and fans of the Kyle Heimann Show on Redeemer Radio in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, I was privileged to help “break the news” with Kyle this morning about the Vatican’s Jan. 24 release of the … Continue reading

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Small Talk: On the Way from Distraction to Action

The post below is my Nov. 1, 2019, contribution to the Magis Center blog. Rev. Robert Spitzer, SJ, PhD, is president of the Magis Center, whose missions include the revitalization of belief in God and pursuit of the highest levels … Continue reading

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“Meeting of Minds” > #TweetingofMinds

Despite the disturbing trend toward increased social polarization and weakened civic communication in society, we can still find champions for meaningful, respectful, inclusive conversation in American media–and certainly in values-informed communities around the country. We need to celebrate these champions, … Continue reading

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Renewing Democracy and News Takes More than “60 Minutes”

There’s still time to indulge the patriotism one feels during the July 4 weekend—especially if you also care about news content in today’s media world and productive conversation in our polarized public square. Just take several minutes to watch Brian … Continue reading

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