Philip F. Lawler (editor)

Portrait of Philip F. Lawler

Philip F. Lawler (editor)

Philip F. Lawler is editor of Catholic World News, the first English-language Catholic news service operating on the internet, which he founded in 1995.

Born and raised in the Boston area, he attended Harvard College, graduating with honors in government in 1972. He studied political philosophy at the University of Chicago before beginning a career in journalism. 

Mr. Lawler has served as director of studies for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank based in Washington; as founder and president of a national organization of Catholic laity; and as editor of Crisis magazine. In 1986 he became the first layman to edit The Pilot, the Boston archdiocesan newspaper. From 1993 through 2005 he was editor of the international monthly magazine Catholic World Report

Philip Lawler has been active in political campaigns, as a speechwriter and organizer, on the local, state, and national levels. He was an honorary member of the the inauguration committees for President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and for President George Bush in 1988. In 2000 he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Senator Edward Kennedy. 

Mr. Lawler is the author of six books on political and religious topics. His essays, book reviews, and editorial columns have appeared in over 100 newspapers around the United States and abroad, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and The Boston Globe

He and his wife Leila have seven children. The Lawlers now live in central Massachusetts.

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