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J. Kevin Appleby is a parishioner in the Diocese of Arlington, Va., and former director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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.
PORT OF CALL. Pope Francis greets immigrants in Lampedusa, Italy, July 8, 2013.
J. Kevin Appleby
A hallmark of Pope Francis’ papacy has been his ability to focus the attention of the church and the world on human beings who live on the margins of society. In no area has he accomplished this more profoundly and effectively than in defending the rights of persons on the move—immigrant
Politics & SocietyBooks
J. Kevin Appleby
Missing from most of the national immigration debate has been the humanitarian aspects of the migration phenomenon.
J. Kevin Appleby
One of the least reported stories of the Iraq war is the story of the humanitarian crisis it has spawned. While the media have covered the military debates, the fighting, the lives of soldiers and the politics surrounding the war, they have left largely untold the stories of close to five million di