Jesuit Fr. James F. Keenan is Canisius professor at Boston College, where he is vice provost for global engagement and director of the Jesuit Institute.

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Catholics' involvement in death penalty killing spree is scandalous

Commentary: Attorney General William Barr has launched a spree of federal executions, and when most of the Catholic Supreme Court justices ruled to vacate stays of execution, they effected these killings.


Preaching on the election? Mercy is where we start; the common good is what we aim for.

Commentary: Our understanding of mercy is impoverished. Our social inclination to the common good at rock bottom. Resurrecting the common good seems to me as urgent as any matter related to the upcoming election.


The church needs women cardinals

Commentary: It was only in 1917 that the "new" Code of Canon Law decreed that cardinals had to be ordained, but the sacrament of orders does not bestow any particular competence. If Pope Francis is looking for competent judgment, could there not be women in his Council of Cardinals?


Let US Catholics arise and stand ahead of bishop presidents' Rome summit

Commentary: U.S. Catholics could stand after the memorial acclamation, as a tangible expression of expectation that our clergy understand that they must develop reforms with the laity to protect minors.