John Gehring is Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life and author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church.

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Mary Gautier, retiring from CARA, knows nostalgia is no match for data

Mary Gautier, senior researcher at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), has spent two decades explaining the Catholic Church to itself, using social science. Among church officials, academics and religion journalists, she has a national reputation for politely puncturing conventional wisdom.

Ignatian Solidarity Network educates, inspires young immigration activists

As the Ignatian Solidarity Network celebrates its 15th anniversary, there are signs that the organization is emerging as one of the most significant and innovative Catholic social justice organizations in the country.


Why Catholic bishops need a year of abstinence on preaching about sexuality

If Catholic bishops hope to reclaim their moral credibility after revelations about covering up clergy sexual abuse, church leaders should take a year of abstinence from preaching about sex and gender.


Will Catholic voters make Joe Biden the next president?

Commentary: It's hard to imagine Joe Biden brushing off white Catholics at a time when two iconic institutions in their lives — the church and the factory — have been brought low by very different forces.