Dan Morris-Young is NCR's West Coast correspondent. He is also a veteran of the Catholic press, having warmed the seats of the editor's chair at Catholic newspapers in Spokane, Oakland, Seattle, Little Rock and San Francisco. He authored a syndicated humor column for Catholic News Service for more than three decades, and has written for The Tablet, Huffington Post, Liberty, St. Anthony Messenger, U.S. Catholic, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Reporter, The National Observer, and Mt. Rainier High School's student paper. Others, too. He even won awards.

As germane, perhaps, is that he has also bused tables at the Pine Shed Restaurant; copy-boyed at The Spokesman-Review; owned and operated a tavern; managed sales at a mobile home dealership; directed an insurance and investment practice; and made much of his family's income under water—harvesting sea urchins and sea cucumbers in the San Juan Islands and Alaska. No joke.

Dan contributes to NCR's The Field Hospital.

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Shapiro leaves Gonzaga student group hanging despite free speech win

Despite garnering pledges and donations to pay Ben Shapiro's $30,000 speaking fee and $20,000 to stage his talk at Gonzaga University, the Shapiro-affiliated Young America's Foundation declined the invitation.

Parish roundup: Securing African-American priests; overcoming disabilities; implementation of 'Laudato Si'

The Field Hospital: An overview of black clergy in the U.S. church; animal-assisted therapy in health care; Creighton University, Catholic Climate Covenant pair up for conferences on environmental encyclical; Alabama parishes reach out to tornado victims

Gonzaga reverses decision to nix Ben Shapiro talk

Gonzaga University has reversed its decision to prohibit high-profile conservative pundit Ben Shapiro from speaking on campus.

Bishop mandates pledge to disavow breakaway congregation

Parish leaders and ministers at Holy Redeemer Parish in La Pine, Oregon, and Holy Trinity Mission in Sunriver who do not sign a statement explicitly pledging to "not attend worship services" or or socialize at Holy Communion Evangelical Catholic Church in Bend are to be removed from ministry.