Robert Griffin

Robert Griffin is a freelance journalist.

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The Hook: A Week in the Life of a Catholic Preacher

It’s Thursday night, and Rev. Bill Parent, a Roman Catholic priest, is still struggling with the opening of his Sunday homily. His fingers sit unmoving on his computer keyboard. He has had several ideas, but none has taken hold. He writes two sentences, stops, and rubs his chin. Then he quickly highlights them and presses … Read more

In the Shoes of a Shepherd: A Week in the Life of an American Bishop

My first meeting with the bishop of Phoenix is at his home rectory of Sts. Simon and Jude. He’s halfway through Tuesday morning prayer with three other priests when I enter the small, unadorned room. Before I can register that there are only four seats, Bishop Thomas Olmsted kneels on the hard floor and motions … Read more

Grave Matters: Life and Death as a Mortician

Steve Schroeder parks in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. As he climbs up the front steps, his pin-striped suit flows comfortably over him as though he were shaped to it. From polished shoes to teeth, his appearance is sharp, meticulous. So it’s jarring when the first person … Read more

Theocracy U.S.A.

“So how do you like it here?” a coworker of my wife, Myra, asked her anxiously. Before Myra could respond, the woman leaned in and in a low voice said, “We know we’re a little off.” Most Mormons in Salt Lake City could count on one hand the number of times they’ve been more than … Read more

In the Shoes of a Shepherd: A Week in the Life of an American Bishop

My first meeting with the bishop of Phoenix is at his home rectory of Sts. Simon and Jude. He’s halfway through Tuesday morning prayer with three other priests when I enter the small, unadorned room. Before I can register that there are only four seats, Bishop Thomas Olmsted kneels on the hard floor and motions … Read more

A Match Made in Heaven

It had taken us two-and-a-half hours to drive a 15-mile road, and we still hadn’t arrived. My wife, Myra, was concerned. ”Do you think we’re going to be able to get out of here?” she asked. “If we have to go back up the way we came, I think it might be easier than it … Read more

Grave Matters: Life and Death as a Mortician

Steve Schroeder parks in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. As he climbs up the front steps, his pin-striped suit flows comfortably over him as though he were tailored to it. From polished shoes to teeth, his appearance is sharp, meticulous. So it’s jarring when the first person … Read more

Theocracy, U.S.A.

“So how do you like it here?” a coworker of my wife, Myra, asked anxiously. Before Myra could respond, the woman leaned in and in a low voice said, “We know we’re a little off.” Most Mormons in Salt Lake City could count on one hand the number of times they’ve been more than an … Read more

The Hook: A Week in the Life of a Catholic Preacher

It’s Thursday night, and Rev. Bill Parent, a Roman Catholic priest, is still struggling with the opening of his Sunday homily. His fingers sit unmoving on his computer keyboard. He has had several ideas, but none has taken on a life of its own. He writes two sentences, stops, and rubs his chin. Then he … Read more

The Human Cost: Inside the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

When the guards had finished searching me, I walked into the airy, white rotunda lobby of the Marriott Center in Washington, D.C. I was there for the United Jewish Community’s General Assembly, the largest annual gathering of Jewish leaders in the world. It was postponed after September 11, and many feared the turnout would be … Read more

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