John Shimek

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John Shimek

John Paul Shimek is a 2003 honors graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire–one of the oldest Benedictine colleges in North America. He holds ecclesiastical degrees from the graduate schools of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Those degrees were awarded to him in the names of Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinals Theodore McCarrick and Donald Wuerl. His academic specializations include the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Second Vatican Council, and Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. John Paul has provided special counsel to numerous Church leaders, including both the former and current archbishops of Milwaukee, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Jerome Listecki. Most recently, he served as a technical theological assistant to Archbishop Listecki during the preparation of a pastoral letter for the Year of Faith. He has been interviewed and he has written on a wide spectrum of religious and public forum issues for numerous media outlets, including CNN, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Telemundo, Zenit, the Catholic News Agency, the National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Recent Posts


English Translation of Final Synod Report

  Bishop Michael G. Campbell from the Diocese of Lancaster in England has provided an English language translation of the 2015 Synod of Bishops’Relatio Finalis (or, ‘Final Report). Pap... More


A Saint from Staten Island?

  He died thousands of miles from his family’s home. Sixteen months after his death, he was awarded the United States’ highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Honor. Now, he is on tra... More


Four Observations as the City of Brotherly Love Awaits the Fisher of Men

  Last night on CNN, John L. Allen, Jr. called Pope Francis the new ‘Nelson Mandela.’ Certainly, during these days, the pope is bearing witness to the world’s conscience. But, he is ... More


In Surprise Move, Pope Francis Meets with Little Sisters of the Poor

  At the first canonization mass to be celebrated on US soil, Pope Francis called the Church “to go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ.” He said that “The People of God... More

Carly Fiorina Is Hillary Clinton’s Unplanned Opponent

Carly Fiorina. Note that name. Write it down. Visit her website. Thursday night, she participated in a second-tier primary debate inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. According to... More


Move Over, Donald Trump. America’s ‘Very Conservative’ Candidate is a Catholic

According to a leading polling company, the presidential candidate with the most star power among ‘very conservative’ Republicans and Republican-leaning independents is a Catholic. This Thursday... More


Five Things You Can Do Right Now to End Abortion [PART 2]

For the first two ways you can end abortion right now, click here. Last week, I told readers of the Catholic World Report that we’ve arrived at the pro-life moment. I claimed that “the pro-... More


Five Things You Can Do Right Now to End Abortion

Last week, I told readers of the Catholic World Report that we’ve arrived at the pro-life moment. I claimed that “the pro-life movement is on the cusp of the fierce urgency of now. Now is the ... More


Chicago’s New Evangelization

In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him ... More


Europe’s High Court Needs to Air Mail Ruth Bader Ginsburg a Giant Eraser. Here’s Why.

I’ve been making the rounds on global [+1:49:10] and national [+51:33] radio this week, talking about a recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that defended traditional marriage. Earlie... More



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