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Robert David Sullivan is an associate editor at America magazine.
Politics & Society News Analysis
Robert David SullivanApril 25, 2019
Joe Biden is joining the dozens of Catholics who have run for president since John F. Kennedy was in the White House, but only one so far has come close to winning.
Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua, in Ray City, Ga., enter their new church at its dedication on May 21, 2016. (CNS photo/Rich Kalonick, Catholic Extension)
Faith Dispatches
Robert David SullivanApril 19, 2019
While the church continues to shut down parishes in the Rust Belt, a new wave of immigrants is contributing to an urgent demand for more pews in the South and West.
Michigan Wolverines guard Charles Matthews tries to defend a shot from Villanova Wildcats guard Donte DiVincenzo in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball championship on April 2, 2018, in San Antonio. Villanova won its second championship in three years. (CNS photo/ Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Robert David SullivanMarch 08, 2019
Watching the N.C.A.A. annual college basketball tournament has become a tradition for many Catholics. March Madness is also a huge moneymaker for everyone except the players.
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address on Feb. 5 to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi watch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & Society News
Robert David SullivanFebruary 06, 2019
In his 82-minute address, President Trump devoted much of his time to attacks on illegal immigration, but he also called for a ban on late-term abortion and for family leave legislation.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (1976 building at left and 1709 building in center), Mexico City (iStock/Byelikova_Oksana)
Faith Dispatches
Robert David SullivanJanuary 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
Robert David SullivanDecember 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
Robert David SullivanDecember 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
Robert David SullivanNovember 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
Robert David SullivanOctober 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
Robert David SullivanSeptember 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.