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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Seminarian immersion program yields a harvest of pastoral experience

In the Yakima Diocese, men studying to be priests are not only expected to study theology, philosophy and biblical exegesis, but also spend part of their summer learning from and ministering to migrants in the fields.


Napa Institute expands to fight the culture war

The Napa Institute announced plans to expand its work to include programs on priestly formation and a lecture series at the University of Notre Dame, during its summer conference July 22-24 at a spa resort in California.


Confessions of an exhausted Catholic

Commentary: I buck myself up with a reminder that Catholicism is much bigger than the latest scandal or headline. The church is an ancient, beautiful and flawed vessel that has carried the best and worst of humanity over the centuries. 


Politicizing Biden's faith is pastoral malpractice

Bishops have every right to challenge Catholic politicians on abortion. Deploying Communion as a bludgeon to selectively sanction elected officials on a single issue is not the answer.