Catholic News Show ‘In The Arena’ Announces New Contributors

In the Arena, the radio and television talk show on WOR AM 710 and NET TV, announces new panelists who join moderator and host Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn. They include Grant Gallicho, associate editor of Commonweal; David Gibson, reporter for Religion News Service agency; Matthew Schmitz, deputy editor of First Things; and Christine Emba, Hilton Kramer fellow and writer at The New Criterion.

In the Arena is an original weekly series exploring the latest news, current events, political topics and social opinions from a Catholic cultural perspective.

“What I look forward to every week – and what In the Arena has become – is practical and candid discussion on today’s religious and political news events,” said Msgr. Harrington. “We titled the show in the spirit of Theodore Roosevelt, who said in his April 1910 speech ‘Citizenship In A Republic’ that ‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds…’

“This is still applicable today, over 100 years later,” he said. “Particularly as we navigate today’s political minefields and witness world events around us.”

In the Arena airs Sundays at 8 a.m. ET on WOR 710 AM and streams on WOR’s station via Encores air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on NET TV in New York City on Cablevision channel 30, Time Warner channel 97, and everywhere online at

The show is produced by DeSales Media Group, the communications arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and NET, the cable TV network of the Diocese of Brooklyn that features news and information with a Catholic point of view.

Grant Gallicho is an Associate Editor of Commonweal, a biweekly review of religion, politics, and culture edited by lay Catholics. His writing has appeared in America magazine, the Tablet of London and the New York Times.

David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author, filmmaker, and a convert to Catholicism. He has worked for Vatican Radio, and is also the author of two books on the Catholic Church. He is currently a national reporter for Religion News Service, and frequently travels to Rome for Vatican coverage.

Matthew Schmitz is Deputy Editor of First Things. His writing has appeared in Christianity Today, National Review, The Human Life Review, and Public Discourse.

Christine Emba is the Hilton Kramer Fellow at The New Criterion, and former Deputy Editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit.

About Msgr. Harrington

Reverend Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E., is host of In the Arena, Vicar for Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, and president and chairman of DeSales Media Group, a full-service media company that includes NET and The Tablet newspaper. He graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with a degree in Philosophy. He also earned a Masters of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and a Masters of Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio appointed Msgr. Harrington to Vicar for Communications in 2006. He was elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to the rank of papal chaplain with the title of Reverend Monsignor in 2009. In 2013, Msgr. Harrington was named the first rector of the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.