When I was a full-time Catholic publisher, one of my favorite times was when I took a pile of Catholic magazines to the diner at lunchtime and devoured them as I munched on a turkey club sandwich and fries and slurped two tall glasses of iced tea. I could have stayed all day. Today as editor-at-large for my beloved Orbis Books, I read the same magazines and will continue to do so even if I someday retire. I’m happy to share with you the periodicals I still consume, only at home and on my dime. That’s how much I value them.
- The National Catholic Reporter. When it comes to news about the Church, nobody does it better. The paper has won the “General Excellence” award from the Catholic Press Association for the past 12 years. Editor and publisher Tom Fox knows what matters. I’ve been reading the NCR since it began in 1964.
- America. A weekly journal of opinion from the Jesuits. Fr. Jim Martin works there. That should be reason enough to read it. An essential for thinking Catholics since 1909. No, I haven’t been reading it since then.
- Commonweal. A biweekly journal of opinion from lay Catholics, since 1924. Great movie criticism from Richard Alleva.
- U.S. Catholic. A monthly with good cutting-edge stuff in a glossy format. Insightful interviews with interesting Catholics. Alice Camille’s columns on the Bible are first-rate.
- St. Anthony Messenger. The best Catholic magazine for families. A monthly since 1893 and always up to date. Think Family Circle for Catholics.
- Maryknoll (and Revista for Spanish-speaking Catholics). Since 1907, inspiring mission tales from the Maryknoll fathers, brothers, sisters, and lay missioners. Fr. Joe Veneroso’s photo meditations never fail to inspire.
I read other Catholic periodicals but these are the ones that are my best friends. Which ones did I miss? What would you add to the list?