Don Clemmer is a writer, communications professional and former staffer of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He writes from Indiana and edits Cross Roads magazine for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington. Follow him on Twitter: @clemmer_don.

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Transgender Catholics criticize retiring archbishop's letter on 'gender ideology'

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson issued a letter calling on Catholics to "lean in with compassion" when encountering transgender people, but it also asserted "Catholic understanding of the human person holds that sex and gender cannot be separated."

For Appalachia pastors, reopening means walking with the poor and vulnerable

Catholic pastors in West Virginia tell NCR about pandemic hardships, including the cancellation of a service trip that was vital for the area, and now, living the reality of the rigors of reopening.

New St. Louis archbishop connects with a pope who 'connects the dots'

Bishop Mitch Rozanski spoke to NCR the day after his appointment to St. Louis, sharing the perspective he brings to this latest assignment and how the church can follow Pope Francis in making the Gospel message clear.

Path to priesthood leads Ohio woman to create community at Hildegard Haus

After 22 years as a Catholic lay minister, "trying to do everything I was allowed to do and hoping that would fulfill my call," Shanon Sterringer found liberating grace in ordination and a new community.