Voices

Robert David Sullivan is an associate editor at America magazine.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (1976 building at left and 1709 building in center), Mexico City (iStock/Byelikova_Oksana)
Faith Dispatches
January 11, 2019
Americans are journeying abroad in record numbers. Here are some of the sites across the world of particular interest to Catholic travelers.
Father James Martin’s interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert was America’s most-watched video of 2018.
Politics & Society Dispatches
December 14, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh, Stephen Colbert and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were some of the names that attracted America readers and viewers in 2018, along with reporting from the Vatican and an essay about proper behavior in the pews.
Former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington in May 2008. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
Politics & Society News
December 01, 2018
Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Mr. Bush died shortly after 10 p.m., about eight months after the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, who died on April 17, 2018, at the age of 92. They were the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson inspects the federal department’s Fair Housing Door Exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, via Wikimedia Commons)
Politics & Society Dispatches
November 02, 2018
The homeownership gap between white and black families is as wide as it was in the 1960s, and the remaining barriers to integration include restrictive zoning and newly tightfisted banks.
A Mass is celebrated at Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Francisco. (iStock/yhelfman)
Faith Dispatches
October 19, 2018

Compared with other Christians in the United States, Catholics are more likely to attend church to please other family members—and are significantly less likely to go because they “find the sermons valuable.” Those were among the findings of a Pew Research Center poll released in August.

Arts & Culture Film
September 25, 2018
“Fahrenheit 11/9” is not subtle, and it is not sympathetic to the view that what we need now is civility and centrism.
Few art forms disappear forever, and the socially conscious sitcom has enjoyed a mini-revival recently. ABC relaunched “Roseanne” in the spring, but its initial success was overshadowed by the off-screen behavior of its star. (Adam Rose/ABC via AP)
Arts & Culture Ideas
September 05, 2018
Fifty years ago, U.S. television began to reflect the political debates going on in our homes. But genuine differences may be to hot to handle in the Age of Trump.
New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond delivers the homily July 22 at the opening Mass of the 2018 National Diaconate Congress in New Orleans. (CNS photo/Peter Finney Jr., Clarion Herald)
Faith Dispatches
July 27, 2018
The number of permanent deacons in the Catholic Church has steadily grown, to more than 18,000 in the U.S. and more than 45,000 worldwide.
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Politics & Society Dispatches
May 04, 2018
The fertility rate in the U.S. is down, but the cost of raising a child may be to blame. If not for immigrant families, births would be down sharply.
Faith Dispatches
March 22, 2018
Surveys suggest that younger Americans are turning away from religion, but they may not have been properly introduced to the church in the first place.