Explainer

Ellen K. Boegel July 01, 2019
The Catholic Church is currently campaigning against California’s proposed changes to its mandatory child abuse reporting law.
Pro-life advocate Joe San Pietro participates in a 40 Days for Life vigil near the entrance to a Planned Parenthood center in Smithtown, N.Y., on March 26. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Ellen K. Boegel June 13, 2019
The Supreme Court has overruled longstanding precedents before, writes Ellen K. Boegel, but usually to end the confusion or chaos from an ‘erroneous’ decision. Will a majority describe Roe v. Wade that way?
Photo by Vladimir Solomyani on Unsplash
Ashley McKinless June 12, 2019
I knew who I needed to talk to process this news: my mom, an account who once worked for the Archdiocese of Washington.
Ellen K. Boegel May 01, 2019
Every parent wants happy and healthy children, but unless we literally live on a deserted island, we are “a part of the main” and owe an obligation to our neighbors to protect them as well as ourselves.
Eric Sundrup, S.J. March 26, 2019
Some background to the kerfuffle over Pope Francis and kissing the papal ring.
Jim McDermott February 28, 2019
There are elements in the trial of Cardinal Pell that do not easily translate to a U.S. context, including a media blackout and the cardinal’s long history with the issues of sexual abuse and cover-up.