Commentaries

This moment of judgment calls for more than just talk

George Floyd's murder and the COVID pandemic have exposed deep injustices in our nation, writes Greg Erlandson, who urges Americans to recommit themselves to the belief that all are equal.

This is the church’s moment to show Black Lives Matter

For the integrity of our faith community, for our youth and for the poor, Catholics must witness to human dignity and justice, writes Effie Caldarola.

Think of right or wrong first, before race

All people of good conscience should be protesting racial injustice, writes Carole Norris Greene, and not hold back critical support because the issue pertains to another race.

In search for cure, more power to science … but not too much

Richard Doerflinger is grateful for big pharma's efforts against the pandemic. But his applause is muted by an ad's claim that "we’re taking our science and unleashing it" without a moral framework.

Philadelphia area religious leaders express anguish over George Floyd

Archbishop Perez and other faith leaders in the region June 1 called on all to join in efforts that lead from polarization to a unity of purpose, and to deescalate tensions and begin healing. 

Could 2020 get any worse?

Five months have brought a pandemic, global disruption, another murder of a black man by police and now nationwide riots. Only the Spirit can heal our wounds and change our hearts, writes Father Eric Banecker.

Choose solidarity and protect your neighbor

Practicing solidarity -- for the good of others, not oneself -- is not a game of politics. As Edith Avila Olea writes, when one of us is hurting, we’re all hurting.

What wearing a face mask, or not, reveals about us

Greg Erlandson observes that with the debate over rights and the box score of daily deaths, the imperative of sacrifices for the common good remains, as does the Golden Rule.

Women are a driving force in charitable giving

Through empathy, their own wealth and household decision making, women are doing much -- and more than men -- to support their sisters and brothers in need, writes Sarah Hanley.

Mobile eucharistic procession brings Christ to the people

Kim Griffin tells how a parishioner and priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Doylestown visited more than 500 homes in Bucks County last Sunday. And a little girl's cry summed up the day: "Jesus is here!"