Public invited to Ross Douthat’s “Three Religions of America’” presentation Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., in Butler Auditorium on Campus


BISMARCK, ND—While national journalists spend most of their time covering the breaking news and writing about topics impacting their readers, it’s rare that they are the ones “making” news for pieces they craft. Ross Douthat, columnist for the New York Times,is an exception to the rule. Other journalists who either strongly agree or strongly disagree with him often quote the op-ed writer for his opinions and editorial writings.

Ross Douthat

From political columns and books to opinion pages and editorials, Douthat, usually has a say in the matter; nor is he a stranger to controversy. As the youngest-ever op-ed columnist for the New York Times, Douthat is known for his ability to write about the difficult issues on the forefront of people’s minds, and make people on both sides of the issue rethink their position.

His voice can be heard this Wednesday, June 6, 7:30 p.m., on University of Mary’s campus in Butler Auditorium at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business as he presents a free and open to the public talk entitled “Three Religions of America.”

In his widely popular new book, “To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism,” Douthat points out that Catholics “find themselves divided against one another,” and that this “widening theological and moral gulf,” he argues, is “wider than the chasm that separated Catholicism from Orthodoxy, and later from Lutheranism and Calvinism.” He goes on to proclaim, “This is a hinge moment in the history of Catholicism.”

His book is receiving predominantly four and five stars from reviewers, who called it “a sobering and balanced book, one that every Catholic concerned for the Church should read,” “as a work of journalism, the book is a near masterpiece,” “Douthat offers clear, compelling, and courageous reflections on the legacies of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI,” “a landmark book … Douthat is sharper in his understanding of what the Catholic Church is—and what it cannot be …”

A native of New Haven, CT, Douthat is a 2002 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University. He joined the New York Times as an op-ed columnist in April 2009. Before that, he served as a senior editor at The Atlantic and as the film critic for National Review. A practicing Catholic concerned with the intersection of religion, culture and politics. In addition to his most recent book “To Change the Church,” he is the author of the highly acclaimed “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” published in 2012, as well as “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005).” He lives with his wife and daughters in Washington, D.C.