Thomas J. Craughwell

Thomas J. Craughwell is author of the new book 101 Places to Pray Before You Die: A Roamin’ Catholic’s Guide (Franciscan Media). His other books include Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America (Quirk, September 2012), The Greatest Brigade: How the Irish Brigade Cleared the Way to Victory in the Civil War (Fair Winds, 2011), and Stealing Lincoln’s Body (Harvard University Press, 2007).

Governor Cuomo Liberates 35,000 Voters

 

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, has announced that he will, by executive order, restore the voting rights to felons on parole or probation in New York state — a bloc that numbers about 35,000. He’ll pull off this unusual move by pardoning the 35,000 currently on parole and then subsequently the newly released who […]

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Getting Social Justice for a Song

 

The Muse has descended on the curriculum developers at Columbia University: they have designed a class entitled Pop and Social Justice Songwriting 101. Which implies that there will be a 102. But it seems unlikely that Columbia students will be able to major in it because the course is being offered to high school kids, […]

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The Hunt for America’s Catholicville

 

Time was when the largest concentrations of Catholics in the country were in the big cities — New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles. It’s said that in Boston, for example, if the cardinal spoke out against a particular issue that was coming before the legislature, the bill went down in flames. Because most of […]

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A Fire That Never Dies

 

There was a period in my younger days when I became fascinated with epics disasters, and read about them almost to the exclusion of anything else. Pompeii. Chicago Fire. San Francisco Earthquake. Krakatoa. Most of the books were okay-ly written. The pick of the disaster crop of was (and remains) David McCullough’s account of the […]

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The Joy of (Somebody Else’s) Failure

 

On December 1, 2017, Los Angeles welcomed an exhibit taken from the collection of the Museum of Failure in Helsingborg, Sweden. The exhibit showcases examples of innovations that didn’t just flop, but have become classic examples of “what were they thinking?” This is especially true when the fiasco is dreamed up, manufactured, and taken to […]

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A Ground Zero Shrine Will Close in a Few Days

 

On September 11, 2001, when a terrorist attack brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center and took the lives of more than 3000 innocents, St. Joseph’s Chapel, just across the street, in Battery Park City, was spared. But the rubble came literally right up to the chapel’s front door. Almost immediately government […]

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The Man Who Sprinted Out of North Korea

 

You probably recall hearing about the 24-year-old North Korean border guard who put down his weapon and sprinted across No Man’s Land in a desperate attempt to reach freedom and security in South Korea. His former comrades opened fire on him and he went down. He was pulled to safety by South Korean border guards, […]

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Christmas in Saudi Arabia

 

Mecca and Medina, Islam’s two holiest cities, are both located in Saudi Arabia. As guardians of these sacred sites, the Saudi royal family has decreed that no non-Muslim house of worship may be erected in the kingdom. Of course, not everyone who lives in Saudi Arabia is Muslim. There are many thousands of foreigners in […]

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American Catholics’ National Shrine Is Complete at Last

 

Nearly a century after the cornerstone was laid in 1920, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., is complete. On December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the final portion of the church — the largest in the United States — was blessed and dedicated at a solemn Mass where Cardinal […]

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‘The Princess Bride’ Is 30? Inconceivable!

 

Remember video stores? They tended to be hole-in-the-wall shops stacked floor to ceiling with VHS cassettes of every movie you didn’t want to rent, but you couldn’t rent the one you wanted because it had been rented already. In terms of customer satisfaction, this unhappy arrangement was problematic. But if video stores did one thing […]

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