Rita Buettner

Meet Rita Buettner:

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” After struggling with infertility, my husband and I were blessed to adopt our two sons from China. I’m a working mother who writes about family fun and faith. Oh, and I own hundreds of flyswatters. Join me on Twitter, say hello at openwindowcr@gmail.com, or follow me on Facebook

Robyn Barberry

Robyn Barberry is the doting wife of her high school sweetheart, the mother of three precocious boys, and the art teacher at St. Joan of Arc school in Aberdeen.

Julie Walsh

Julie Walsh is a married, stay-at-home-mother to four young children. Before her oldest was born in 2010, she worked for five years at the Maryland Catholic Conference as Associate Director for Social Concerns and three years in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Inspector General. 

Julie holds a degree in political science and German from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg. She and her family are parishioners of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Libertytown.


George Matysek

George P. Matysek Jr. has been a member of the Catholic Review staff since 1997, serving as a staff writer, senior staff writer, assistant managing editor and now web editor.

A graduate of Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Essex, George holds a bachelor's degree in history and writing from what is now Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and a master's degree in history from UMBC.

A winner of more than 50 regional, national and international journalism awards, George has reported from Guyana, Guatemala, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Reach George at gmatysek@CatholicReview.org and follow him on Twitter @ReviewMatysek



Father Collin Poston

Father Collin Poston is pastor of St. Anthony Shrine in Emmitsburg and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Thurmont. He is also the creator of vignettes called "Inspire/Ask-the-Pastor." 

He enjoys the mountains, writing, contemplation, photography, 
steamed crabs, and - of course - the Baltimore Orioles. Reach him
on Twitter
: @FrCollinPoston

Christopher Gunty

Gunty is associate publisher/editor of the Catholic Review.

Paul McMullen

Paul McMullen is managing editor of the Catholic Review.

Patti Murphy Dohn

Patti Murphy Dohn retired in 2014 after 33 years of service as Campus Minister and Religion teacher at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, MD. Committed to making a difference in the lives of our youth and their families, she has served the school community since 1981. Presently, she is working on archiving the school's history and doing bereavement outreach.  

Patti was awarded the Medal of Honor in Youth and Young Adult Ministry by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2012. She continues her service to the Archdiocese on the Screening Board for the Office of Vocations. She was previously a board member for the Msgr. O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD. and St. Margaret School in Bel Air.

Along with writing for "The Catholic Review," Patti is a member of the Catholic Press Association, as well as the Catholic Writers Guild and the Associated Church Press. She is available for speaking engagements, consulting, and retreat work.

Patti and her husband George split their time between their homes in Bel Air, Maryland and Singer Island, Palm Beach, Florida.

Email: pattimurphydohn@gmail.com

Twitter: @JCSMinistry

Facebook: Patti Murphy Dohn

God is good!! All the time!!


Dr. H. P. Bianchi

Dr. H. P. Bianchi is an assistant professor of history at a local community college, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization and Asian history. He received his master’s degree in modern German history from the University of Connecticut and his doctorate from The Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the question of secularization in Britain and the United States.

Dr. Bianchi is happily married and the father of two sons and a daughter. When not working, you might find him perusing one of his interests in gardening, disc golf, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Wendy Stewart

Wendy Stewart is a native of Baltimore and an adult convert to the Catholic Church. As a life coach and personal trainer, she works with families, children, and singles to bring together all aspects of their lives to be happy and healthy in body, mind and spirit. You can contact her for individual or group coaching at nutritioncoachwendy@yahoo.com.

Maureen Cromer

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams is the Web editor for the Catholic Review.

Recent Comments

First of all, it depends on where you live. If you live in a solidly red or blue state (like Maryland) that's bound to go for one of the candidates, your third-party/write-in vote won't tip the scales. You should feel free to cast whichever vote seems most moral to you. Secondly, even if you live in a swing state where your vote might tip the scales -- you should still cast whichever vote seems most moral to you. It's your vote and you're the one who will ultimately be held accountable for it. You might decide that stopping Clinton is the most moral choice you can make, you might decide that stopping Trump is. You might decide (like I am) that you're done casting votes for highly morally problematic people, period. It's your responsibility to form your conscience well and then to cast your vote in accordance with it. But third, you're totally right about the Catch-22. This election should be forever known as The One That Was a Catch-22. Or, The One Where (Almost) Nobody Liked Anybody.


I think you're right, Mary. You might know/remember that we had a situation here in Maryland a few years ago where a man with a developmental disability was killed as police tried to apprehend him. It's got to be incredibly difficult for police officers to judge how to proceed in such situations; surely improved training regarding people with mental illness and developmental disabilities would help.