John Burger

John Burger has been news editor of the National Catholic Register since 2003. He came to the Register in 2001 as a staff writer after working as a reporter for Catholic New York, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York. Prior to that, he taught English in China and France. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., and a master's degree in English from Iowa State University. He is married and lives in Connecticut.

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How One Community Brought Renewal to Religious Life

Since it was a decidedly Catholic film, it was only fitting that the invited audience at the premiere of Thérèse should be the same. Sitting with actor/director Leonardo Defelippis in the New York theater were a bishop, some priests, local diocesan officials, Catholic activists, and a patchwork of religious men and women wearing full-length habits.  … Read more

Growing Up with Dietrich: A Conversation with John Henry Crosby

Thirty-one years after philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand died, his work is enjoying something of a revival. New editions of his books are being translated and published for the first time. Catholic colleges and universities are integrating his thought into philosophy courses. And a theologian who knew and admired von Hildebrand sits on the Chair of … Read more

In the Steps of St. Francis: How One Community Brought Renewal to Religious Life

Since it was a decidedly Catholic film, it was only fitting that the invited audience at the premiere of Thérèse should be the same. Sitting with actor-director Leonardo Defelippis in the New York theater were a bishop, some priests, local diocesan officials, Catholic activists, and a patchwork of religious men and women wearing full-length habits. … Read more

Heading North: Can Hispanic Immigration Restore America’s Christian Culture?

Last year, Harvard historian Samuel P. Huntington published Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity, in which he claimed that the national identity of the United States is being threatened by large numbers of immigrants who refuse to assimilate with our society and culture. Huntington argued that America, founded by British settlers, is … Read more

A Renaissance in Chicago: How a Dying Parish Came Back to Life

Rev. C. Frank Phillips rescues antiques. Wearing a soutane with the black cords of a Resurrectionist priest, he sits in the office of his Chicago parish surrounded by old objects and images. The furniture here—as throughout the rectory and sacristy—puts one in mind of 16th- century France. On a pedestal by the wall, a brass … Read more

Lost in Translation — How the New Mass Translation Will Affect You

The old joke goes something like this: The pastor couldn’t get his early Sunday morning congregation to respond when he noticed that the PA system was on the blink. “The Lord be with you,” he said several times, only to be greeted with blank stares from the parishioners in the big suburban church. “There’s something … Read more

Splinter Catholics Have It Their Way

The map at the subway station on Manhattan’s East Side shows it as St. Michael’s Liberal Catholic Church. Liberal Catholic Church? What does that mean—a statue of the archangel wearing a “Hillary for Senate” button? I look for Gothic spires off Lexington Avenue and East 53rd Street, where the listing in the phone book for … Read more

Funding The Jesus Seminar

When Robert Funk announced the founding of the Jesus Seminar in 1985, he made a point of saying that all its work would be above-board. “We are going to carry out our work in full public view,” the New Testament scholar told a gathering of scholars in Berkley, California. “We will not only honor the … Read more

John Cardinal O’Connor — A Rock of the Church

In a quiet section of Tirana, the capital of Albania, in a relatively palatial building, John Cardinal O’Connor sits calmly sipping espresso and speaking to a reporter after arriving on a flight from Poland. “It’s still difficult to believe,” he exults, “that great big sign we saw in the center square, Welcome Pope John Paul … Read more

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