Catholic Lane Announces New Editor-in-Chief

Chelsea Zimmerman

Chelsea Zimmerman

Catholic Lane is pleased to announce the appointment of Chelsea Zimmerman as the new editor-in-chief. Chelsea will replace former editor-in-chief and Catholic Lane founding editor Mary Kochan. Mary will remain at Catholic Lane as editor-at-large.

Chelsea is a former board member of Missouri Right to Life. She has been managing the Life Issues and Bioethics section of Catholic Lane since 2011. Chelsea is also a managing editor for Ignitum Today and Catholic Stand. She often writes and speaks about life issues and Catholic spirituality and has been featured on EWTN’s Life on the Rock. Her blog is Reflections of a Paralytic. More information about the dynamic editorial staff at Catholic Lane is here.

Mary Kochan

Mary Kochan

Mary Kochan is a former Senior Editor for CatholicExchange. Mary was raised as a third-generation Jehovah’s Witness, and worked her way backwards through the Protestant Reformation to enter the Catholic Church on Trinity Sunday, 1996. Mary writes on a wide variety of topics, and her published articles at Catholic Lane are collected here.

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  • Jann

    I love Chelsea. She is such an asset to Catholic Lane and will do a fantastic job in this new role. Please join me in praying for Mary Kochan, who has contributed so much to the Catholic cybersphere over the years, and for Chelsea as she takes on this new responsibility!

  • GuitarGramma

    Welcome, Chelsea!
    And thank you, thank you, thank you to Mary Kochan for creating this wonderful site. Your leadership has been wonderful. You are a great woman.

  • CDville

    Mary, I hope that Chelsea’s assuming your administrative duties will permit you to contribute more of your own comments and essays. You have so much wisdom to share! Chelsea, welcome to the neighborhood.

  • Noel Fitzpatrick


    I am very pleased you have taken over, but I will miss Mary,
    as I have considered her for years as a good friend. We disagree on some things, but I consider our mutual respect and courtesy remain.

    At times I am concerned about the lack of appreciation of the
    good people in the US. A typical example of the kind of words I am
    uncomfortable with is “But as we see, it goes unheeded by a culture bent on
    contracepting, aborting, sodomizing and euthanizing itself out of existence. Obama is an atheist”.

    Is Obama really worse than Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Oliver
    Cromwell all rolled into one? Is the US really worse than Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s USSR?

    I remember the good people I met in the US, who worked hard
    and were decent.

    The onus should not be on me to remind you that America is great
    and has a wonderful Catholic Church. Most members of the Supreme Court
    are Catholic, and in public life Catholics are to the fore, Biden, Pelosi,
    Kerry etc.

    O beautiful for spacious skies,

    For amber waves of grain,

    For purple mountain majesties

    Above the fruited plain!

    America! America!

    God shed his grace on thee

    And crown thy good with brotherhood

    From sea to shining sea!

    O beautiful for pilgrim feet

    Whose stern impassioned stress

    A thoroughfare of freedom beat

    Across the wilderness!

    America! America!

    God mend thine every flaw,

    Confirm thy soul in self-control,

    Thy liberty in law!


  • Zellie M. Quinn

    Chelsea, you are doing an important work and I am grateful that you are stepping up to the plate! Mary, I miss you already, and hope you don’t disappear, as you are one of the most talented women I know! Keep writing please! (And thanks for the opportunities you have given me. I am truly grateful!)

  • Mary Kochan

    Thank you all for your very kind words. I know you are all going to give Chelsea wonderful support. I am not going away! I will still be writing and active in the comment boxes. I have many things that I have to turn over to Chelsea and it will probably take some weeks to get through all of it. So for that reason — along with the fact that I have worked for 13 years in Catholic media with only two vacations totaling three weeks, one of them being when my daughter died — I might make myself scarce for little while.