Pulitzer Prize Nominee J.D. Mullane Speaks to Students

by Katherine Bortz '15 | Oct 18, 2013

Journalist J.D. Mullane
On Wednesday, October 16, Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist JD Mullane spoke to members of the Men’s Spirituality and Service group and interested students to address the growing concerns of practicing Catholics in a work environment.

“People, now more than ever, want to integrate who they are with what they do,” said Mullane on the subject. “Some people are coming to recognize that they can use their talents and imagination to help the common good.”

According to Mullane, faith is something that is tested in the workplace everyday, from cheering up a co-worker to deciding how much to pay an employee. “People have not thought through what is appropriate and what is right in the corporate setting,” he said. “Compensation is a real life issue that makes your faith a reality.”

His presentation also addressed issues concerning public displays of faith, covering sensitive issues in the news and the common perceptions of faith-driven people in an increasingly secular society. 

“It’s the first time I’ve ever heard about a Catholic journalist,” said Joseph McDaniel '14. “I feel that he felt a real duty to the truth. It’s something that’s hard for all of us to do, but it’s definitely necessary.”

Mullane was placed in the public eye during the the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in May 2013, where he spoke out about the lack of national news coverage of the tragic events through Twitter. His criticism went viral and led to a nationwide commentary on the issue. He has worked in the journalism field for 27 years and is currently a columnist for the Bucks County Courier Times.

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