Margot Patterson has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad. Most recently, she worked for the National Catholic Reporter for seven years as Senior Writer and then Opinion and Arts Editor. She lives in the Kansas City area and is the

Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonOctober 20, 2017
The trouble began when nine students at a weekend party played “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong.
The Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va. (iStock/jcarillet)
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonSeptember 18, 2017
Probably most Americans can agree that Confederate monuments should never have been erected, but dismantling them is a different story for many citizens.
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonAugust 17, 2017
On Aug. 21, there will be a total solar eclipse and its path will fall across the entire continental United States.
Faith Last Take
Margot PattersonJuly 28, 2017
It’s not just for the family. It’s for you.
Arts & Culture Theater
Margot PattersonJuly 13, 2017
If the Greeks had Antigone, Americans have Dorothy Day.
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonJune 13, 2017
The misclassification of government documents has caught people up in phony scandals costly to them and to the public at large.
Politics & Society Last Take
Margot PattersonApril 18, 2017
Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan; Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia are on the brink of it.
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonMarch 14, 2017
Comparing the president to Putin, Hitler or the anti-Christ distracts from what is taking shape on the ground.
An election night rally in New York City Nov. 8. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Politics & Society Columns
Margot PattersonDecember 06, 2016
At the end of this election year, a time for silence seems sorely needed.
Politics & Society
Margot PattersonNovember 21, 2016
A majority of Catholics—52 percent—voted for Mr. Trump.