Commentaries

Parishes can help build healthy communities

The pandemic and the racism-related events of the past weeks have uncovered raw pain and wide disparities in our world. Maureen Pratt describes how parishioners caring for one another can live out their faith.

Sleeping giant awakes as people answer, ‘What can I do?’

Millions are showing support at rallies for racial justice. It's an America we’ve been yearning to see, writes Effie Caldarola, but it's only the beginning, and there's much work to do.

Racism has always been a pro-life issue

Black Catholics, writes Shannen Dee Williams, have long known what all Catholics must come to know: If racial justice and peace will ever be attained, it must begin in the church.

Seeing everyday racism, and rooting it out of our hearts

At this moment, the sin we each need to confront that has hurt and deprived so many is the sin of racism. You must root it out if you want to be holy, writes Katie Prejean McGrady.

How faith grows in quarantine

Families are struggling right now, whether stuck together at home or flung apart. Neither is natural, and we ache for the end. But the Spirit abides with us still, writes Laura Kelly Fanucci.

Answer to powerlessness is not show of power, but presence

Father Jose Medina suggests in this dramatic moment that we listen to the cry of the powerless, not conceal it with quick fixes, and share the transformative power of love.

People who aren’t racist can help cure systemic racism

A first step toward a better America is for white people to listen to black people without a laundry list of talking points, and let the Spirit change hearts, writes Patrick Walsh.

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.

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.

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.