Short Take

If Mr. Biden is really listening, he will understand the value of preserving the abortion funding bans that have stood for decades. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)
Charles A. Donovan January 22, 2021
A ban on taxpayer funding of abortions began as a bipartisan policy and remains popular, writes Charles A. Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. President-elect Biden should keep it in place.
The microplastics discovered in human placentas were much smaller, invisible to the naked eye, but they are part of a rapidly worsening pollution crisis. (iStock/pcess609)
Kathleen Bonnette January 21, 2021
Tiny pieces of plastic waste, already found at the top of Mount Everest and the bottom of the ocean, may now have a toehold in the human womb, writes Kathleen Bonnette.
Somali refugees are escorted by a United Airlines representative as they arrive at the airport on Feb. 13, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. (CNS photo/Brian Losness, Reuters)
Joshua P. Cohen January 21, 2021
President Trump has virtually ended refugee admissions to the United States, Joshua P. Cohen writes, but Joe Biden can restore our leadership as a humanitarian nation.
Workers Justice Project Director Gonzalo Cruz, left, and organizer Juan Carlos Romero watch President Joe Biden's presidential inauguration on TV in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York. The Workers Justice Project is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that helps immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
J. Kevin Appleby January 21, 2021
President Joe Biden has restarted the debate over immigration with a sweeping reform bill. Passage will not be easy, but the Catholic community can help achieve a long-overdue victory.
James T. Keane January 20, 2021
Amid the somber ceremonies, perhaps today we can wave goodbye to our starchy past.
The power of pardon should be directed toward repairing the failures of the legal system; toward those whose needs are especially pronounced; and toward the building up of a culture of mercy and forgiveness.