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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Mothers in sanctuary, living in churches for over two years, endure isolation

Commentary: As millions of Americans adjust to social isolation brought on by the coronavirus, two women, undocumented immigrants in Columbus, Ohio, have spent more than two years living in seclusion.


What do we learn from this place where we don't want to be?

Commentary: Our culture's extreme individualism, materialism and libertarian contempt for the common good have come with a cost, and the current crisis should renew commitment to a different political and civic vision.


Reclaiming religious freedom from the culture wars

Commentary: Catholics could be leaders in reclaiming a more authentic commitment to religious freedom that doesn't pit religion against LGBTQ dignity, or view rights and responsibilities as opposing forces.


What I learned being silent with monks

Perspective: Most of us want to stand out, speak up, find our voice. What happens when we perform the radical act of withdrawing and being quiet?