Steven P. Millies is associate professor of public theology and director of The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His most recent book is Good Intentions: A History of Catholic Voters' Road from Roe to Trump (Liturgical Press, 2018).

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If we'd listened to Cardinal Bernardin, the Catholic Church would not be where it is today

In Bernardin, Catholics had a leader who anticipated the style and ministry of Pope Francis in his openness to dialogue and his efforts to engage the world in constructive conversations. But Bernardin’s final years also anticipated the sort of opposition Francis has faced.


The Pillar investigation of Msgr. Burrill is unethical, homophobic innuendo

Commentary: The hook on which this story hangs is a long-discredited link between sexual abuse and homosexuality.


Let's build a post-pandemic church worth going back to

Commentary: I hope everyone will come back to the pews, eventually. But I have a much more important hope too. I hope that we will not forget our pandemic experience, and we will bring a new set of expectations to parish life.


Consistent ethic of life is more than a voter checklist

Commentary: If we are consistent in our defense of human life, we cannot be a comfortable Democrat or Republican. The consistent ethic embraces many complex issues in a slow-moving political system where Catholics do not have the last word.