Don Clemmer is a journalist, communications professional and former staffer of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He writes from Indiana. Follow him on Twitter: @clemmer_don.

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Mass shootings spur moves toward preparedness in churches, schools

Security experts say Catholic institutions can implement safety measures that enhance Catholic values — like warmly welcoming the stranger who walks into Mass or even knowing how to tend to the wounded.

'Ad orientem' tussles turn on matters of community, liturgical diversity

When a New Mexico bishop recently announced that he would celebrate cathedral Masses with his back to the people, his words acknowledged contention over liturgy that's been going on since Vatican II.

Dayton Catholics see need to spur action from mass shooting

The commonness of mass shootings in the U.S. may inspire desensitization, but Catholics say they are not giving up on confronting the seeming inevitability of gun violence.

Pro-life Democrats reimagine future of their movement, party

About 60 members of the national chapters of Democrats for Life of America met July 26-28 to discuss the future of the pro-life movement, particularly reaching the left-leaning millennial generation that is still surprisingly pro-life.