Short Take

Kevin and Sarah Leopold attend a Sept. 14 prayer vigil with their son Ambrose at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. The vigil was in response to recent clerical sexual abuse scandals. (CNS photo/Gina Christian, catholicphilly.com)
Stephen J. Rossetti September 20, 2018
The U.S. bishops’ Dallas Charter to protect minors is working. Its principles should be applied to all Americans who work with children.
A young Yazidi woman sits with her three children inside a tent for displaced persons in northern Iraq on May 28, 2017. They fled the 2014 ISIS advance in which many Yazidis were killed and others, especially women and children, captured and trafficked by ISIS. (iStock/Joel Carillet)
Jeff Fortenberry September 12, 2018
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry argues that as beleaguered religious minorities in Iraq hang on for their very survival, the survival of religious pluralism itself is also at stake.
Pope Francis prepares to take a photo with young people at a presynod gathering of youth delegates in Rome March 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Katie Prejean McGrady September 04, 2018
A room full of bishops talking about themselves and what they need to do to govern effectively is not the right move at this time.
Pope Francis delivers his Christmas greeting to the Roman Curia in Clementine Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 22, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Jim McDermott August 29, 2018
Francis made a leadership correction while in Argentina; he can still bring the church to a space of humility and wisdom in response to the sexual abuse crisis.
President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Daniel Allott August 24, 2018
Since the 2016 election, many have simply stopped trying to understand those with whom they disagree. But we can discuss politics if we ask fair questions and listen, then listen some more.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston is pictured Nov. 15, 2017, at the annual fall general assembly of the USCCB in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Robert N. Lynch August 22, 2018
God’s people deserve to know not just exactly what is being done but who is doing it.