Some of you may recall from last December, news of a young Wisconsin priest committing suicide. He had just been questioned by investigators looking into a double homicide. Now, the investigators say they have strong circumstantial evidence that the priest was responsible for the crimes A prosecutor says he will present "strong circumstantial evidence” next…

That’s a really lovely drive at night – up some big road, approaching the capitol building, much like going up any one of the approaches to the US capitol. Beautiful lit, a really gorgeous building. Impressive! And I had no idea Madison was on an isthmus – I look forward to seeing it in the…

I like what Terry Mattingly called this post: An Anonymous Priest Walks Into a Newsroom, addressing the ethical questions behind the media’s proliferation of the pained gay priest expressing his fears about the coming witchhunt and unwilling to go on record. Now, I’ll say one thing. Given the contempt unleashed even against men who describe…

Dom is keeping on top of the Cuenin wailing and gnashing of teeth up in Boston. Over in the diocese of Worcester, another priest was temporarily pulled from the pulpit A Catholic priest in this town was temporarily pulled from the pulpit after refusing to support the state bishops’ drive against gay marriage. The Rev.…


Amy Welborn

Amy Welborn was born in 1960, the only child of a now-retired professor of political science, a teacher-librarian-artist mother,deceased since 2001, was a teacher, librarian and artist. The Catholicism comes from her side.

Amy grew up in a number of places - Indiana - Washington, DC - Lubbock Texas - Arlington, Virginia - DeKalb, Illinois - Lawrence, Kansas - and Knoxville, Tennessee, where the family settled in 1973. She attended Knoxville Catholic High School, then the University of Tennessee where she majored in history. She received an MA in Church History from Vanderbilt University, where she wrote a thesis on the changing role of women in 19th century American Protestantism, and the ways Scripture was used to justify those changes.

She worked as as a teacher in Catholic high schools and a Parish Director of Religious Education and started writing for the diocesan press - the Florida Catholic - in 1988. Amy has written columns for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service at times over the past twenty years. Her articles have been published in venues ranging from Our Sunday Visitor to the New York Times to Commonweal. She has written 17 books. 18, if you included the as yet tragically unpublished novel.

Amy has five children, ranging in age from 26 to 4 and was married to Michael Dubruiel, who died unexpectedly in February 2009. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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