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The Future of Catholicism with Ross Douthat

Air Dates: June 23-25, 2018

Pope Francis has captured the hearts of Catholics – and non-Catholics alike. Ross Douthat however, warns that the very things that make the Pope so popular, come with real risks for the Church.

Ross Douthat is a conservative columnist for The New York Times, and the youngest columnist ever at the paper. He was just 30 years old when he was hired. He is the author of, To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism published by Simon & Shuster. His other publications include Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class, and Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream with co-author Reihan Salam.

Born in San Francisco, Douthat grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and graduated in 2002 from Harvard College, where he edited the conservative newspaper The Harvard Salient and wrote for The Harvard Crimson. He majored in history and literature. At Harvard, his conservative views were well-known through his writing and his personal interactions.

Shortly after graduation, in the fall of 2002, he took a position writing for The Atlantic, and remained there until 2009, when he became a columnist for The New York Times. He writes from a conservative point of view on a wide range of topics, including religion, politics, culture and society, and sometimes about film and TV. Find his work at

Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 9:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 12:30 p.m. ET, and Mondays at 2:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

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