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J. Kevin Appleby is the acting executive director of the Center for Migration Studies of New York and the former director of policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
J. Kevin Appleby
While some like to talk about Benedict being “conservative” and Francis “liberal,” they both have strongly upheld Catholic teaching on migration.
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FaithShort Take
J. Kevin Appleby
It is clear that most people think using Jesus’ name to express anger is acceptable. But this should not only be off-limits, it should be confronted as anti-Christian.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed his country’s nuclear forces on “high alert,” reminding us that global nuclear war remains the biggest threat to the survival of humankind. (Russian Presidential Press Service via AP)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
J. Kevin Appleby
In 1982, the U.S. bishops released a pastoral letter calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons. The Ukraine crisis underscores the need for a new statement on the madness of such weapons.
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.
President Joe Biden speaks with people outside St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del., on May 30, 2021. (CNS photo/Ken Cedeno, Reuters)
FaithShort Take
J. Kevin Appleby
Finding common ground with President Biden would not signal a surrender on abortion by the U.S. bishops, writes J. Kevin Appleby. It would instead fit the pastoral mission of the church.
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)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
J. Kevin Appleby
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.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a rally at Belle Isle Casino in Detroit, Mich., on Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & SocietyLast Take
J. Kevin Appleby
As only the second Catholic president, Joe Biden can renew communication and collaboration with church leaders, writes J. Kevin Appleby. But only if mutual respect prevails.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
J. Kevin Appleby
The Trump administration has made clear its principles on immigration; Catholics should answer with a list of ways to reform the system with fairness and humanity.
Ernesto Vega listens as Archbishop Jose H. Gomez leads an interfaith prayer service for the immigrant community in November at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters) 
Politics & SocietyShort Take
J. Kevin Appleby
Bishops must lead by example and facilitate the involvement of Catholics in supporting vulnerable immigrant families.
Politics & Society
J. Kevin Appleby
The Catholic Church acknowledges and supports the right of nations to control their borders and to enforce their laws.