Menachem Wecker is a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in art history from George Washington University, is a former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and is co-author of Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (2014). His website is

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Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world

Perspective: When Catholics today are deciding what place, if any, they want and crave in the church, and what the church will look like going forward, I think the church's rich art history can help look beyond the individual offenders and take a wide-angle view of the faith more broadly.

Non-Catholics enjoy challenges of teaching in Catholic setting

Non-Catholics talk to NCR about the challenges and unique opportunities they experience while teaching at Catholic colleges and universities.

Data mining gets religion as campaigns target voters of faith

Powerful data-mining tools allow today’s campaigns to connect religious voters with their political viewpoints and to micro-target ads to fit their particular brand of faith.

Corot acknowledges male gaze in painting

When one considers Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's lesser-known body of figures, as the National Gallery of Art's exhibition "Corot: Women" (through Dec. 31) does, one finds the artist flirting with a modern and self-conscious way of acknowledging the male gaze all but inherent in model painting.