Commentaries

Critics of Paul and Francis forget the church is one, holy, catholic

Catholics opposing one pope's document on sexuality and another pope's document on global business and care for creation must remember God's plan of salvation for us is communal, writes John Garvey.

Instead of separating families, U.S. should get at root of problem

Violence, gang recruitment, poverty and no education are the reasons families migrate from their home countries, writes Father Gus Puleo. U.S. policies should address these factors and fix our broken immigration system.

The hope of immigrant Catholic families

Hosffman Ospino hopes millions of immigrant Catholic families would have hope the future. But many Catholics seem uninterested in humane immigration policies; too many oppose their own bishops on advocacy.

De Niro and DiNardo: A renewed call for civility

It might be easier to call the president a vulgar name, but the U.S. bishops wisely targeted the practice of separating immigrant children from their families, not its proponents, with words as strong as "immoral" and "evil."

Grasping the Gospel

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the religious freedom claim of a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple may have been decided by a failure to grasp what religion is: public witness of one's faith.

Separating babies from mothers is immoral, no way to protect borders

While urging U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent decision on asylum to be overturned, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops, condemned family separation at the southern border.

In a family moment, seeing as God sees us

Pope Francis didn't have a conga line in mind when he wrote, "it is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God," but that's what Greg Erlandson found dancing at a family wedding.

U.S. embassy works with Vatican to promote religious liberty for all

Only by working together can governments, faith leaders and individuals safeguard this basic human right for all those seeking to live their lives freely and in accordance with their faith, writes U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich.

Fear for an abused woman, sadness for what we’re becoming

When Attorney General Sessions reversed an order granting asylum to a woman seeking refuge from her abusive husband, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik sensed a calculated ploy to score anti-immigration points at the expense of brutalized women.

Show you’re a Catholic school grad and appear a fool — for Christ

Even as this year's graduates take off their caps and gowns, they are called always to be witnesses to Christ through their personal example despite pressures to fit in with society, writes Father Joseph Bongard.