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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William Barr, nation's top lawyer, is a culture warrior Catholic

The attorney general's admirers cheer his commitment to religious freedom, but critics say that commitment is selective and ideologically driven. The pro-life movement embraces him — yet he reinstated federal executions.


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.