Marcus Mescher is associate professor of Christian ethics at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He specializes in Catholic social teaching and moral formation. He is the author of The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity (Orbis, 2020) and The Study Guide to the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis: Fratelli Tutti, On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Paulist, 2021).

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A year after 'Fratelli Tutti,' it's time the church move from dreaming to doing

Commentary: Pope Francis' encyclical Fratelli Tutti was a call to 'dream together' — while not addressing the ways the church perpetuates inequality. Now, a year later, we need to put solidarity into action.


Creating campus cultures that welcome, even virtually, during the pandemic

Commentary: As we begin a new school year, we face the challenges of coping with and preventing the spread of the virus as well as how to effectively engage young people if we're not cultivating rapport, respect and co-responsibility together in the classroom.

The Problem of Indifference

Distinctly Catholic: In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis challenges us to "leave the nest that contains us."