President Joe Biden delivers remarks to promote his "Build Back Better" agenda at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
J. Kevin Appleby
President Biden is lobbying for a spending bill containing many ideas that the U.S. bishops have long supported. Catholic leaders and voters should recognize this opportunity for bipartisanship.
In this Dec. 16. 2000 file photo, President-elect Bush smiles as he introduces retired Gen. Colin Powell, left, as his nominee to be secretary of state during a ceremony in Crawford, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Drew Christiansen
Colin Powell’s great misfortune was to serve as secretary of state among “the Vulcans,” the Republican policy-makers who subverted Mr. Powell’s more moderate initiatives.
Pope Francis raises the monstrance during eucharistic adoration at the end of Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, May 5, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithShort Take
Austen Ivereigh
You don’t dialogue with the devil. But if you’re the pope, you might choose to call out the devil’s work.
Christine Hill cuts out yellow Stars of David before an Anchorage Assembly meeting about a proposed mask mandate on Sept. 29, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jenn Morson
Some opponents of vaccine and mask mandates claim that they are being treated like Jews in Nazi Germany. This appropriation of the Holocaust is wildly offensive and shuts down civil discussion.
FaithShort Take
J.D. Long-García
While criticism can go too far, veering into open partisanship and misinformation, calling criticism of the church “the work of the devil” is not an avenue for dialogue.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Kerry Kennedy
Haitian asylum seekers are entitled to our protection, writes Kerry Kennedy after a visit to the border community of Del Rio, Texas. Instead, we have subjected them to abuse and immediate deportation.