Philip Lawler, a native of New England, graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1972, majoring in Government. He pursued graduate studies in political philosophy at the University of Chicago before settling into a career as a journalist. In 1979, Mr. Lawler moved to Washington, DC, to become Managing Editor of Policy Review, a quarterly journal published by the Heritage Foundation. He was soon promoted to become Director of Studies at the Heritage Foundation, supervising the foundation’s scholarly research.
In 1984, Lawler became editor of Crisis, a monthly journal of lay Catholic opinion. In 1986, he returned to Boston to become the first laymen appointed editor of The Pilot, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston. From 1993 through 2005 he was editor of the international monthly magazine Catholic World Report. In 1995, he founded Catholic World News, the first English-language news service operating on the internet.
Philip Lawler has been active in politics, as a speechwriter and organizer on the local, state, and national levels. He was appointed to the Inauguration Committees for President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and for President George H. W. Bush in 1988. In 2000, he ran for the US Senate against the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Mr. Lawler is the author or editor of ten books, including the recent Lost Shepherd and The Smoke of Satan. His essays and book reviews have appeared in dozens of magazines, including National Review, Crisis, The Critic, 30 Days, Modern Age, Policy Review, and The American Spectator. His columns have appeared in over 100 newspapers around the United States and abroad, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal.
Phil Lawler is married to Leila Marie Lawler. They have seven children and (at last count) a dozen grandchildren.