Explainer

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
Ellen K. Boegel August 16, 2019
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
Do Catholics truly believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist? A recent survey says most don't...but it's complicated.
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?
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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.