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Resources for Teachers

For many years America has been a trusted educational resource for high school teachers, college professors and directors of religious education. As America enters its second century of publication, we hope today’s teachers and educators will continue to make use of the magazine in the classroom. Toward that end, we are happy to provide this list of articles from our pages on important Catholic topics, from Scripture and the sacraments to social justice and Catholic identity.

All articles below are FREE to all visitors to our Web site. If you would like to recommend a subject or article to add to the list, email webeditor@americamagazine.org. For other free online content, check out our weekly podcasts and our dailyblogs.


“A Literate Church”
By David Gibson
December 8, 2008

“The Bible and History”
By Daniel J. Harrington
March 14, 2005

“Creationism and the Catechism”
By Joan Acker
December 16, 2000


“Do ‘Good People’ Need Confession?”
By Edward Vacek
February 25, 2002

“Bless Me, Father”

By James Martin
May 21, 2007

“The Quest for Authentic Liturgy”

By Donald W. Trautman
October 22, 2001

"College Students and Conversion"
By Joseph J. Guido
February 5, 2001

Social Justice

"Four Lessons for Teaching Justice"
By Drew Christiansen
May 11, 2009

"Ten Building Blocks of Catholic Social Teaching"
By William J. Byron
October 31, 1998

“The Death Penalty: An Outsider’s View”
By The Editors
June 6, 1998

“From Disciplina to the Day of Pardon”
By Drew Christiansen
October 2, 2006

“Immigration’s Dark Moments”

By The Editors
October 13, 2008

“Justice and Equality”
By Robert F. Drinan
February 17, 2003

Guantanamo Prison

Coverage from America

What Makes Us Catholic?

“Catholicism in Contemporary American Fiction”
By John F. Desmond
May 14, 1994

“Celebrating Dorothy Day”
By Stephen J. Kupra
August 27, 2001

"Pope Benedict on Hope"
By Gerald O’Collins
December 10, 2007

"The Sign of the Cross"
By Robert P. Maloney
May 19, 2003

A Convert's Story
Debbie Bernadette Bauman Rosenberg
September 20, 2004

The Saints

"Holy Men and Women"
Drew Christiansen, S.J.
October 29, 2007

"Saints on the Screen"
October 30, 2006
James Martin, S.J.

"Five Years with Dorothy Day"
Robert Ellsberg
November 21, 2005

"The Saint of the Sock Drawer"
James Martin, S.J.
January 3, 2005

"Holy Terrors"
John W. Donohue
May 13, 1995

Catholics and Politics

"The Art of the Possible"
The Editors
December 15, 2008

"Catholics and Political Life"
Henry J. Hyde
February 17, 2003

Death and Dying

"Catholicism, Death and Modern Medicine"
Lisa Sowle Cahill
April 25, 2005

"On Dying Well"
Myles N. Sheehan
July 29-August 5, 2000

The Mystery of Evil
John F. Kavanaugh, S.J.
January 31, 2005

Questions of Bioethics

Browse our archive of articles on pressing ethical issues.