Short Take

Susan Upton on March 18 at her family restaurant, Mambos, in Glendale, Calif., which is being forced to close after 32 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)
Thomas J. Reese March 25, 2020
In a pandemic, no one is safe unless we are all safe, writes Thomas J. Reese, S.J. In the United States, we did not prepare for a pandemic, but it is not too late for solidarity.
Staff inspect medical equipment at an emergency hospital set up amid the coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, on, March 23. (Hafidz Mubarak A/Pool Photo via AP)
Kevin W. Wildes March 24, 2020
The United States has a “can do” culture, writes Kevin W. Wildes, S.J., but the pandemic is forcing us to accept that we need clear ethical guidelines about how to allocate scarce medical resources.
A pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange on March 19. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Paul D. McNelis, S.J. March 20, 2020
The federal government has the tools to stabilize the economy in the wake of coronavirus, writes the economist Paul D. McNelis, S.J. We cannot settle for delayed and piecemeal responses.
Union Station's nearly deserted Main Hall in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 16. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Michael Rozier, S.J. March 17, 2020
We cannot allow the coronavirus to make us see others as a threat.
Police officers patrol an empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, March 11. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Patrick O'Neill March 13, 2020
Some bishops have suspended the public celebration of Mass in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Patrick O'Neill, a computational biologist, writes that all U.S. dioceses should do the same.
Christie Klimas March 13, 2020
The production of chocolate still depends on millions of child laborers in Africa, writes Christie Klimas. Fortunately, both popular and premium brands are moving toward justice for cocoa farmers.