The 2013-2014 Higgins Lecture on Religion and the Media
Sacred and profane: the challenges of reporting on religion
Many people in the Church, especially senior clerics, are suspicious of reporters, but journalism is a force for good, even when reporting scandal. In this lecture, Ms. Pepinster
will argue that reporting religion can enhance the common good and encourage solidarity, whether that reporting is about aid in the developing world or the victims of abuse.
Catherine Pepinster is the first woman editor of The Tablet, the Catholic weekly, which has been in continuous publication for nearly 175 years. She joined The Tablet as editor ten years ago, and before that worked for the British national newspapers, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She has been responsible for coverage of the death of one pope, the resignation of another, and two papal conclaves as well as other major international stories such as 9/11, the Iraq War, and the death of Princess Diana.
This lecture is endowed by a special fund created by Dr. Michael Higgins, past President of St. Jerome’s University.