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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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?

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.