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  • “Morally unacceptable.” “Especially dismal.” “Destructive.” “A bit like being water-boarded.”

    That is how some Catholic academics active in conservative political circles who signed a letter earlier this year urging their fellow believers to reject Donald Trump are describing November’s election now that the match appears set.

    Back in March,...

  • Hillary Clinton's choice of Tim Kaine as a running mate is an affront to the youthful, vibrant, leftward challenge she faced in the Democratic primary from Bernie Sanders. To those who supported Sanders, as I did, it's a bummer, and it shows something of Clinton's true colors. Yet on one of the issues Kaine is currently being pilloried for, he may come as a blessing in disguise, especially in light of his background in Catholic social teaching.

    The matter in question is the big, bad...

  • With news Friday that Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine as her Democratic running mate, the U.S. Senator from Virginia finds him, and his faith, back in the national spotlight. Like many other Democratic politicians who are Catholic, Kaine struggles with the challenge of living out his personal faith in a party that doesn’t always share his church’s views on complicated issues.

    As a young attorney in Virginia, Tim Kaine offered his legal services free of charge...

  • In one of the Republican presidential primary debates the American people were subjected to this past year, Marco Rubio remarked that Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders would make a “good candidate for president— of Sweden .” This was not a compliment. (Also: Sweden doesn’t have a president.) Rubio could safely assume that Republican primary voters more or less agreed that becoming more like Sweden was precisely not what the United States should be doing.

    George Lakey disagrees. Lakey...

  • “Mommy. I have a question. I’m not sure if you can answer it. Why are people being killed?” This is from my beloved Kiddo (not her real name).

    This is the question set before me in the car, by a kid not long out of a booster seat. Kiddo is being raised in Oakland, Calif., by Catholic parents working to keep her in a Catholic school that she loves. St. Leo the Great has a student population (pre-K to 8th grade) that is...

  • In a recent liturgical conference in London, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, argued that priests should consider turning toward the East for the celebration of the eucharistic portion of the Mass.

    Turning toward the East, or ad orientem , is technical liturgical language for the priest and people facing in the same direction. The suggestion is nothing new. The decision to allow Mass facing the...

  • As the evening wore on at Monday’s opening of the Republican National Convention, I worked on other problems and projects until I turned to my TV in the midst of ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s screaming and arm waving. His voice became more hysterical as he tore into President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the assigned targets of the evening.

    I had never heard Melania Trump speak and I saw her dignified presence as a relief. My guess was that, besides revealing...

  • Catholic News Service has a new leader, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Wednesday.

    Greg Erlandson, former president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, has been appointed director and editor-in-chief, a post he begins on Sept. 12.

    “CNS is one of the gifts of the U.S. church to the rest of the Catholic world,” he said in an email to Catholic News Service. “It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many great directors of the news service, and I am...

  • Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J. (photo provided)

    Kevin O’Brien, S.J., is an American Jesuit author, attorney and academic who is the outgoing vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. On Aug. 1, he begins his new job as dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif. —a major seminary for Jesuit priesthood candidates and lay students that is the only school west of Chicago...

  • This week, over 1,600 young people from 50 different countries are gathering in Lodz, Poland, for MAGIS 2016. Inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius and the Jesuits, participants will engage in prayer, fellowship and service ahead of World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland, which kicks off on July 25.

    “You meet someone from North America, then South America, then Australia, and it's like going all around the world,” said Monica Gorpan, who came from Egypt. “So I hope, I really hope,...