Kathryn Jean Lopez

An award-winning opinion journalist and editor, Kathryn Jean Lopez is the editor of National Review Online and an associate editor at National Review (a.k.a. National Review on Dead Tree). She is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she studied philosophy and politics. Before standing athwart history at National Review, she worked at the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank on Capitol Hill. Besides National Review and NRO, her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, The Women's Quarterly, The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, American Outlook, New York Press, and The Human Life Review, among other publications. Lopez has appeared on CNN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and oxygen and is a frequent guest on radio and TV shows internationally. She speaks frequently, often to high-school and college groups. She writes often on bioethics, religion, feminism, education, and politics, among other topics.

recent articles

Why Young Catholics Are Leaving the Church

They leave for different reasons. Some saw hypocrisy. Others were hurt by those in authority. Still more disagree with a Church teaching. Sometimes, all they’re waiting for is an invitation back. And often, it’s not the Catholic Church itself that the “fallen away” have a beef with but their particular experience of it. “Evangelize at … Read more

How Birth Control Changed America for the Worst

In this Crisis Magazine classic, Kathryn Jean Lopez exposes the lies at the heart of the sexual revolution about birth control and “safe sex” — and the havoc they have wreaked on our nation. Amanda, age 30 — I’ve changed her name and those of other women I interviewed for this story in order to … Read more

Mother Angelica’s Empire of the Airwaves

Hanceville, Alabama, is in the heart of the Bible Belt, in a state with a population that is less than 3 percent Catholic. Turn onto Old Country Road in this northern Alabama town, and you’ll likely see more than a few Southern Baptist churches as you drive along. But soon the religious landscape changes: For … Read more

How Birth Control Changed America for the Worse

Amanda, age 30—I’ve changed her name and those of other women I interviewed for this story in order to protect their privacy—is a daughter of the sexual revolution. Her mother taught her that “sex was free, and successful motherhood could be accomplished through good intentions,” she says. Sexual freedom and successful motherhood, Amanda learned, meant … Read more

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