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


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

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby ‘Hypocrisy’ Is Mother Jones’ Mendacity

Democrats are still reeling over the US Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby and they're planning legislative responses. Almost at once, liberal progressives took to spreading lies about the... More

Catholic Charities of New York distributed food on Thanksgiving to people in need.

Three Reasons Obama’s Newest Attack on Religious Liberty Concerns Catholics

Last week, I reported that the Obama White House is working on an executive order that will impact federal contractors. Conceived as an effort to curtail unjust discrimination against LGBT persons... More

Barack Obama

HHS Mandate was just the first step. Here comes a new attack on religious liberty.

Faithful Catholics have been focused on President Obama's contraceptive mandate for some time now. But, the fight for religious freedom just entered a new round. Another assault on First Amendment pro... More


Vatican Shocker: Despite US Ambassador’s Statement, POTUS-Pope Summit Focused on Religious Liberty…

It has been less than 24 hours since Air Force 1 touched down at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport in advance of this morning's state visit between the leader of the free world and the head of the universal ... More

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25% of Catholics have increased donations to the poor since election of Pope Francis

During his first twelve months in office, Pope Francis has been marshaling his newfound fame in the service of the poor and the marginalized. In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he called ... More

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JP in Rome: Triduum at St. Peter’s

This morning at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Pope Francis celebrated the annual Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Rome. It was the first time he presided over a pontifical Mass inside the bas... More


JP in Rome: When Francis met Benedict + Palm Sunday at St. Peter’s Square

Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo. That meeting was unprecedented. No Bishop of Rome has succeeded a living predecessor since St. Clement V in 1294, ... More


JP in Rome: What I Saw at the Installation Mass

On March 19, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass commemorating the inauguration of his pontificate. Of course, Pope Francis became the head of the Catholic Church after accepting his election inside the Si... More



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