Commentaries

School choice: Good deal for Pa. families and taxpayers

Sean McAleer breaks down the objections to school choice, during the national week dedicated to it. Studies show it saves states money and doesn't undermine public education.

A parent’s Christmas survivor ritual

Greg Erlandson is a proud parent of young adults who, after becoming responsible and productive, come home for Christmas forgetting every social skill they learned. He shares the grief and love of the empty nester.

Nothing about us without us

George Weigel worries that this year's synod on the Amazon region may lead to ordaining mature lay men priests. But decisions bearing on everyone should involve as global a reflection as possible.

The church, like interest groups, needs lobbyists in Harrisburg

The new communications director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is settling into his role, and understanding how he helps advocate for church programs and ideals in the state capitol.

Federal workers, once church volunteers, now receive church aid

The irony of the helpers now receiving the help isn't lost on the editor of Washington's Catholic paper. To end the government shutdown, he urges prayers to St. Matthew, himself a former government employee.

First-time Marcher finds eye-opening witness to life

Journalist Mary Beth McCauley went to the March for Life in Washington last year and was impressed by the huge numbers of people, overwhelmingly young and happy. They honored motherhood, life and taking a chance on the unseen.

Church needs not reform, but renewal — and it’s happening

There's no running away from the big and little failures in the church, but rather we must see the strong wind of renewal blowing through the church, especially among her young people, writes Father Eric Banecker.

Pro-life movement’s priorities should reflect pro-women focus

Pro-life work becomes more complicated as the prospect of legal protections for unborn children dawns, argues a guest editorial. Imagine a future in which every proposal to defund Planned Parenthood is linked to better funding for pregnant women.

Patching the holes in my bucket list

People stood in the rain on New Year's Eve because they'd always wanted to see the ball drop on Times Square. Maureen Pratt wonders how many would endure hardships in pursuit of more faith-centered goals?

What the Magi teach our joyless, outraged society

The joy of the Magi lasts all year and holds the antidote to a culture of outrage, writes Father Thomas Dailey. Their journey and discovery of the humble Jesus changes everything, for them and for us.