Politics & Society

A man walks past a memorial on Aug. 7, 2019, for those killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, four days earlier. Three U.S. bishops' committee chairmen issued a statement Aug. 8 to call on the nation's elected officials "to exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds" of the country caused by the Aug. 3 and 4 mass shootings and urged an end to hateful rhetoric many see as a factor in the violence particularly in Texas. The Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Texas, was followed less than 24 hours later by th
Unlike other nations that prohibit or narrowly restrict ownership of high-body-count weaponry and ammunition, the United States is hindered in establishing effective gun control by federal and state constitutional roadblocks. Understanding these roadblocks is essential to devising a route around them.
Ellen K. BoegelAugust 16, 2019

What comes after the era of the parochial school?

February 06, 2019
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Refugees and migrants at a camp on the Greek island of Samos, on Oct. 18.  (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)
More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any time in recorded history, writes Kevin White of Jesuit Refugee Service. But there is good news about global initiatives to address the problem.
Kevin White, S.J.November 12, 2019
A podium is seen in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Oct. 2, 2019, prior to the start of a DACA demonstration. On Nov. 12, the court will hear arguments in a challenge to the Trump administration's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The case will affect the lives of more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. as minors without documentation. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
“Our nation made a promise to these ‘Dreamers,’” Archbishop Gomez wrote. “We have a moral obligation. It is time for the president and Congress to honor that promise and live up to this obligation.”
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 11, 2019
“They died on their way to this country and made that journey from life into death,” Ms. Marquez said. “In the end, we will find them there with our God."
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 4, 2019
Salwa Hanna with her children arrive at the Bardarash refugee camp, north of Mosul, Iraq, on Oct. 17. Christians originally from Afrin, Ms. Hanna’s family has now been displaced twice by Turkish incursions. “I left my home, and I had just started a new home, and I left it all behind,” she said. “There are no emotions anymore. We live as if we are dead.” (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
This is only the latest wave of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people from Iraq to seek safety in Iraqi-Kurdistan, which already hosts 38 camps. So far 12,000 Syrian civilians have taken refuge across the border.
Kevin ClarkeOctober 31, 2019