Commentaries

Path for church reform goes through Rome

Although the U.S. bishops' meeting did not result in urgent church reforms, some progress was made, writes Greg Erlandson. Dialogue between the bishops and the Vatican continues, with both sides seeking action.

Remembering a radical Catholic with gratitude

November, which kicks off the holiday season and its excess, is a good time to remember Dorothy Day, writes Effie Caldarola. A devout Catholic and social activist, Day challenged the church to live out the Gospel fully.

Vocation programs show Power of the Priesthood

The director of the archdiocesan vocations office reports on efforts to raise awareness of people's calling to religious life, through archdiocese-wide programs and a moving new video on one priest, Father Doug McKay.

Immigration rules and the law of love

Gina Christian, a descendant of hard-working immigrants, knows Jesus stands with migrants. He awaits the compassion of citizens, that he might say, “I was … a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Divine Mercy heals victims of abuse, and perpetrators

Msgr. Ralph Chieffo has spiritually guided victims and perpetrators of child abuse. Once they let go of anger and sadness, the divine love of Jesus can bless them with peace and the ability to make amends.

Use your words to share, and witness to, your faith

Parents can powerfully shape the faith of children at any age, writes Laura Kelly Fanucci. By speaking openly about their spiritual path, mothers and fathers can serve as models for a relationship with God.

Catholics have a moral duty to fight anti-Semitism

Rejecting gun violence is only the first step in rooting out this ancient evil, says an editorial. The church must move past empty gestures and challenge "deranged ideologies" that flourish in a toxic political culture.

When his wife becomes a holiday elf, a husband is left on the shelf

Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain prepare a couple for the busy holiday season, counseling them to prioritize their time and activities while keeping the real "reason for the season" in focus.

After the synod on youth, be present

Young people matter, and their presence in the church is critical -- for the good of them and the church. That's what gives synod participant Katie Prejean McGrady hope, despite some cynical commentaries.

Ever-new question for young Catholics: ‘What are you going to do?’

That's the question 29-year-old Katharine Drexel once pondered, and the same one today's youths must answer with the help of their elders walking the road of faith with them, writes Father Thomas Dailey.