Maureen Mullarkey
Maureen Mullarkey
Maureen Mullarkey
Maureen Mullarkey is a painter and a critic. A member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), she writes on art and its intersection with religious and politics. Her essays have appeared in various publications, including The Nation, The Hudson Review, Arts Magazine, Art & Antiques, and The American Arts Quarterly. She was a columnist for The New York Sun during its life as a print publication. Currently, she is a senior contributor to The Federalist, an irregular contributor to The Weekly Standard, and keeper of a weblog titled Studio Matters. She is represented by George Billis Gallery, NYC. Follow her on Twitter, @mmletters.
Georgetown University To Offer ‘Jesuit-Approved’ LGBTQ-Only Housing

The once-eminent Jesuit university has approved a queer-only campus residence. Georgetown officials crow this ‘is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values.’

The Vatican’s Créche Is Bad, But Not For Celebrating Homosexuality

The créche is an 800-year-old emblem of divinity ushered into time and history. It is a theological symbol, not a political one.

Why Criminalizing Sexual Harassment Fosters Witch Hunts

Sexual harassment digests a degenerate thug like Harvey Weinstein with a college student who makes an awkward pass or a well-intentioned boss who compliments a dress.

Art Academics’ Ignorance Drives Their Antagonism To Confederate Statues

Despite pervasive emphasis on contextualizing, the responses gives no hint of substantial historical knowledge beyond the received tropes of popular culture and press.

Catholic Order Embraces Euthanasia In The Name Of Alleviating ‘Mental Suffering’

Euthanasia is on the rise in Belgium, and around the world, prompting a Catholic charity to terminate the sufferer in order to eradicate suffering.

Congress Promises The World To Charlie Gard While Ignoring Thousands Of Veterans Dying Under Their Care

The personal tragedy of the Gard family and their dying baby elicited a spectacle of hypocrisy and grandstanding from Rome to DC.

80 Years Ago, Hilaire Belloc Predicted Radical Islam’s Re-Emergence Because Of Secularization

His insight into Islam at a time England was preoccupied—with Hitler, communism abroad, and a fascist movement at home—was exceptional. And penetrating.

The Pitfalls Of Debating The Pope’s Liberal Politics

George Neumayr’s book, ‘The Political Pope,’ laments Francis’ embrace of liberalism and walks a fine line between just criticism and jeremiad.

In Wake Of Manchester, Pope Francis Asserts Equivalence Between Islam And Christianity

This pope’s inclination to advance an ideological stance over rational judgment does not bode well for Catholicism or the future of the West. Willful blindness endangers both.

To Depoliticize Art, Trump Has To Do More Than End Federal Endowments

A culture war is not a street fight. Axing the endowments scores points but still leaves the arts captive to academia and its maze of orthodoxies.

What Blame Do Parents Share For The Sudden Emergence Of Trans Kids?

Transgender status is a complex and odd bid for public attention, especially coming from children.

How Pope Francis Helped An Unrepentant Terrorist Get A Presidential Pardon

Papal connivance with the commutation of Oscar Lopez-Rivera’s sentence was not spontaneous. Francis’ mercy-mongering on his behalf lasted more than a year.

Jesus Could Have Been A Blue-Collar Jew

Christians are still in Christmastide; the Christmas story remains timely for a few more days. And to take the Incarnation seriously is to take history seriously.

Hillary Clinton’s New York Hometown Is Still Despondent Over Her Loss

Like Piglet noticing that his Very Small Heart could hold a large amount of Gratitude, residents are thankful for her Presence here among us.

What Life Is Like For Artists In The Time Of Trump

Donald Trump’s victory has affected even the artists’ listserv I belong to. A December 3 broadcast touted an ‘action plan’ to stop Trump.

The Met’s Jerusalem Exhibit Pursues Jihad By Other Means

‘Jerusalem 1000 to 1400: Every People Under Heaven’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a sophisticated exercise in historical revision and cultural proselytizing.

Catholics Should Condemn Hillary’s Real Crimes, Not Her Staffers’ Email Comments

Our shepherds avert their eyes from the squalor of Hillary Clinton’s behavior in office and her policy proposals. Instead, they take aim at the thought crimes of her campaign team.

Feminists Blazed The Trail For Donald Trump’s Vulgarity

You want locker room talk? Forget Donald Trump. His old-style cisgender crudity is as outdated as a codpiece.

Christians Shouldn’t Approach Today’s World As If It’s Pagan Rome

We learn from history only if we draw the right lessons from it. The radical distance between the Roman world and our own is far-reaching.

Because The Incarnate Matters, E-Readers Can Never Replace Real Books

E-readers are efficient and easy to use—but they’ll never compare to the tangible pleasures of physical books.