Explainer

America Staff December 15, 2017
A guide the Australian sexual abuse crisis, priestly celibacy and the seal of confession.
Jonathan Merritt December 11, 2017
It has more to do with prophecy than politics.
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Thomas J. Reese October 30, 2017
An interview with David Collins, S.J. about persecution and execution of witches.
J.D. Long-García October 12, 2017
For National Hispanic Heritage month, we ask: Do you prefer “Hispanic” or “Latino”?
Pope Francis, seen here at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on June 28, has announced two significant reforms in recent weeks by releasing statements motu proprio. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Michael J. O’Loughlin September 21, 2017
When a pope issues a document “motu proprio,” it means he does so by his own motivation, and it can mean a significant change to church law.
Rosa Martinez, an immigration activist and a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, takes part in a rally Sept. 12 in Washington urging Congress to pass the DREAM Act. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)
Angelo Jesus Canta September 14, 2017
From calling legislators to organizing parish activities, you can mobilize on behalf of vulnerable undocumented youths.