cv-bg
heading-ourstory

Our Mission

The mission of Catholic Voices USA is to put the Church’s case in the public square. We speak as Catholics who know and love the Church and have the authority of direct lived experience. We’re media-friendly and studio-ready, and offer an authoritative (but not official) group of articulate speakers who make the Catholic case in interviews and debates — clearly, reasonably, and compellingly. We offer a new apologetics for the new evangelization.

Our Call

Catholic Voices USA is a direct response to a call of the Holy Father to U.S. bishops in January 2012. He said: “We see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.”

How We Can Help

This is not a new call, of course. As Blessed John Henry Newman put it: “You must not hide your talent in a napkin, or your light under a bushel. I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold, and what they do not, who know their creed so well, that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it.

Our 10 Principles

  1. Look for the positive intention behind the criticism. Reframe -- challenge a prejudice or preconception. There’s often a Christian value at the heart of a criticism. Speak to it.
  2. Shed light, not heat. We’re here to open doors. We’re the Peace Corps, not the Marine Corps.
  3. People won’t remember what you said as much as how you made them feel. Aim for civility, empathy and clarity. We aim to be the “joyful messengers of challenging proposals” that Pope Francis calls us to be.
  4. Show, don’t tell. Stories are compelling. Run with what you know. Stay in your lane. “Think of yourself not as the spokesman of a remote corporation, but as a delighted disciple with stories and experiences to share.”
  5. Think in triangles. Don’t be distracted. Have three points and know how they relate to one another. Go back to them again and again.
  6. Be positive. Offer a yes instead of a no. The fullest freedom the Church proposes.
  7. Be compassionate. Ready to absorb anger and hurt.
  8. Check your facts, but avoid robotics. “A fact is meaningless without content and perspective.”
  9. It’s not about you. It’s about Jesus. It’s His Church you represent.
  10. Witnessing, not winning. You’re not there to win a debate, but to witness to the love at the heart of our faith.

These are adapted from Austen Ivereigh’s How to Defend the Church without Raising Your Voice, published by Our Sunday Visitor.

“The Catholic Church has a remarkable story to tell, that speaks to our deepest desires and makes life make sense. If we can tell that story better, lives will be transformed.”

-Kathryn Lopez, Founding Director, Catholic Voices USA

heading-ourvoices
lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez

Founding Director

Click to read Kathryn’s articles

Click to read Kathryn’s bio

About Kathryn Jean Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute (where she directs a new center on religion, civil society, and culture), editor-at-large of National Review Online, and a nationally syndicated columnist who has been published by a wide variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Stars and Stripes, Our Sunday Visitor, The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, and First Things.

She is the co-author of the upcoming revised edition of How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice and speaks frequently on faith and public life on college campuses, and on radio and television including CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, PBS, EWTN, and Oxygen.

A product of New York City Catholic education, she serves on a number of Catholic boards and is a member of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Pro-Life Commission. At the opening Mass of the Year of Faith in Rome in October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI presented her with a message to women throughout the world.

chris

Christopher White

Associate Director

Click to read Christopher’s articles

Click to read Christopher’s bio

About Christopher White

Chris holds an M.A. in Ethics and Society from Fordham University and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, New York Daily News, International Business Times, The American Interest, National Review, First Things, Public Discourse, National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Columbia, Catholic Pulse, and Human Life Review, among many other print and online publications.

He is the co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops is Revitalizing the Catholic Church  (Encounter Books, 2013) and a 2013-2014 Robert Novak Fellowship Award Winner. He lives in New York City.

mitch

Mitch Boersma

Senior Fellow

Click to read Mitch’s articles

Click to read Mitch’s bio

About Mitch Boersma

Mitch is chief operating officer of the Catholic Information Center (CIC) in Washington, D.C., and co-founder of The Leonine Forum — a year-long fellowship program equipping young leaders with a renewed understanding and application of Catholic Social Teaching for professional and civic life.

He is an associate editor of The Stream and his writings have appeared in many secular and religious news outlets, including RealClearReligion, Legatus Magazine, Foxnews.com, Verily Magazine, and National Review Online, among others.

In 2014, Mitch was named one of FOCUS’ (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) 30 under 30 young Catholics in the country. He holds an M.A. in Moral Theology and Ethics from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Business from the University of Dallas. Mitch lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Rosie and son Gus.

frlandry

Fr. Roger J. Landry

National Chaplain

Click to read Fr. Landry’s articles

Click to read Fr. Landry’s bio

About Fr. Roger J. Landry

Fr. Roger is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, who works for the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations. He is the former pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Fall River, Massachusetts and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford, MA.

After receiving a biology degree from Harvard College, he studied for the priesthood in Maryland, Toronto and for several years in Rome. After being ordained a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Fall River by Bishop Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap. on June 26, 1999, he returned to Rome to complete graduate work in Moral Theology and Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.

Fr. Landry writes for many Catholic publications, including The National Catholic Register and The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River, for which he was the executive editor and editorial writer from 2005-2012.

He was an on-site commentator for EWTN’s coverage of the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis, appears often on various Catholic radio programs, and is national chaplain for Catholic Voices USA.

heading-inthenews
  • Pope Francis Already Inspiring Catholics

    Beginning at 1:50, Kim Daniels discusses Pope Francis’ visit with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. Originally posted at Voice of America...

  • Ten Early Things about the Pope’s Encyclical on Creation That Caught My Eye Today

    1. Here’s a link to the actual document. 2. George Weigel: That Trinitarian and Biblical understanding of How Things Came to Be underwrites Pope Francis’s critique of the diminished and distorted forms of human self-understanding that are inadequ...

  • Pope Francis’ new encyclical is about climate change — and much more

    “Pope Francis’ just-released encyclical “Laudato si” (“Praised be to You”) has been heralded as the beginning of a new Catholic alliance with the environmental movement. But to read it only as such would be to sell it shor...

  • After his two years as pope, ‘Francis effect’ has taken hold

    Within two years of becoming pope, Pope Francis now has an effect named after him. This “Francis effect” provides both comfort and challenges to Catholics, according to a panel of U.S. Catholic leaders speaking during a March 10 teleconference or...

  • Pope Francis’ Phila. message

    Two years ago, a relatively unknown Argentine cardinal appeared on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica and was introduced as Pope Francis. Since that time, he has become one of the world’s most beloved figures. And in just six months, he will make...

Read More News
heading-contact

Need a speech, interview, or quote?

For press, media, and other outlets, CVUSA can provide you with exceptional speeches and interview by professionally trained Catholic speakers. Just fill out our simple contact form below, and we’ll get back to you shortly!

Interested in becoming a Catholic Voice?

If you are talented in public speaking, need help polishing your voice, or want to become part of an important ministry within our Church, contact us to join our team!

Click here to e-mail

Want to bring CVUSA to your town, church, or organization?

If you are talented in public speaking, need help polishing your voice, or want to become part of an important ministry within our Church, contact us to join our team!

Click here to e-mail