Colman McCarthy directs the Center for Teaching Peace, a Washington non-profit.

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Michelle Obama was an adept first lady, but could she have done more?

Column: If Michelle Obama had had a moment or two of speaking truth to power, and dared deliver a few syllables of "input" on restraining her husband's hawkish ways, would it have made a difference?


There's a lot to learn from the good McCarthys

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Joseph McCarthy lend shadows to my surname, but there are other people who live up to the Gaelic lineage and meaning of the name, "son of the loving."


The women of the 116th Congress will make a difference by being different

My hope for the 117 women who won in the midterm elections is that a few of them will take time to remember Jeannette Rankin, the pacifist and evangelist for women's rights from Missoula, Montana, and the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 at age 36. 


When Thomas Merton called me 'utterly stupid'

I had a glimpse of Thomas Merton's "open heart" when I was researching an article for NCR that would run on Dec. 13, 1967. Not long after my piece ran, Merton let his dislike be known.