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The Rev. Kevin E. McKenna, J.C.D., Ph.D., is the rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Rochester, N.Y., and a former president of the Canon Law Society of America.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, Pa., talks to an immigrant woman, recently released from U.S. custody, on July 1 at a Catholic Charities center in McAllen, Tex., as part of a fact-finding trip to the border by a delegation of U.S. bishops. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth) 
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Kevin E. McKenna
We can see and judge the unjust treatment of refugees and migrants by the United States. Now we must address the root causes of the injustice.
MARRIAGE COUNSELORS. Bishop Dimitrios Salachas of Greece, left, talks with Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Roman Rota, a Vatican court.
Kevin E. McKenna
Many canon lawyers may be in an ecclesiastical funk since the election of Pope Francis. Not one to “wield canons” at miscreants violating ecclesiastical norms, this pontiff seems more prone to mediation, conciliation and mercy, while upholding the important values of communion within the
Kevin E. McKenna
Are significant changes in the synod process likely?
Kevin E. McKenna
The church is not a democracy, we often hear, and the statement is true in several senses. But does this mean that the faithful have no rights before church authorities? Is the church’s teaching on the importance of basic human rights consistent with its own internal governance? The present Co
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Kevin E. McKenna
Before banks of cameras, intense lights and the gaze of victims of sexual abuse, the bishops of the United States recently debated in Dallas a new policy to “repair the breach” with those damaged at the hands of church ministers. They approved overwhelmingly a Charter for the Protection