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November 2020

Vol. 223 / No. 6

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Politics & Society Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.October 13, 2020

Franklin Roosevelt tried court packing in 1937. It was a bad idea then, and it is a bad idea now, Matt Malone, S.J. writes.

Faith Editorials
The EditorsOctober 07, 2020

Francis reminds us that it is always people who suffer from these injustices: the poor, the disabled, women, racial minorities, migrants, refugees, the elderly, prisoners, the unborn, the lonely.

Police officers in Atlanta kneel with protesters on June 1, following a white police officer’s killing of George Floyd, an African American, in Minneapolis on May 25. (CNS photo/Dustin Chambers, Reuters)
Politics & Society Short Take
Tobias WinrightOctober 15, 2020

Law enforcement in the United States has been tainted by racism, writes Tobias Winright, but we can reimagine and cultivate a new culture of ”just policing.”

Louisville police officers stand guard on Sept. 26, as demonstrators march during a peaceful protest after a grand jury handed down an indictment on Sept. 23 for one of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. (CNS photo/Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)
Politics & Society Short Take
Dwayne David PaulOctober 15, 2020

The moral legitimacy of modern policing is poisoned by Its racist and anti-worker roots, writes Dwayne David Paul. We must give up the idea that the state provides safety through force and violence.

A cameraman films Father Kevin Kennedy at the altar at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., on July 11, for a live-streamed Mass. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Faith Dispatches
Mark M. GraySeptember 14, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic may have long-term effects on Mass attendance, writes Mark M. Gray, detailing the results of a new CARA survey, with many young people hesitant to return to the pews.

Sixth-graders sit at their desks on the first day of classes of the new academic year at Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park, N.Y., on Sept. 8. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 22, 2020

With many public schools still in virtual mode, parents are taking a new look at Catholic education. But Michael O’Loughlin reports that the reprieve from declining enrollment may be temporary.

Xiomara Martinez, pictured here with her two children, both U.S. citizens, and her brother, Sergio, traveled to Nogales, Sonora. They have been waiting to petition for asylum for six months. (J.D. Long-García)
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long GarcíaSeptember 27, 2020

“Asylum on the border is pretty much impossible,” a legal advocate with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, said. “Covid is being used as an excuse to close the border.”