Last Take

Pope Francis delivers a blessing from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia File)
William K. Reilly August 13, 2018
A former head of the E.P.A. warns that the pope’s message on the death penalty, like his message on the environment, may not make it to the pews.
Stephen P. White August 09, 2018
Immorality destroys the Gospel; sin—yours and mine—is precisely what puts people in the field hospital to begin with.
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J. August 09, 2018
Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were shot by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, while riding in a limousine through Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.
Thomas W. McGovern July 27, 2018

Patients and doctors are allies separated by a common language: suffering.

Helena Burns July 20, 2018
So what does it matter what a celibate woman thinks about contraception?
After applying for an internship, I was told I would not be able to wear my religious habit. How could I reconcile this bias with my Catholic faith?