Robert David Sullivan is an associate editor at America magazine.
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.
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
Robert David SullivanSeptember 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
Robert David SullivanJuly 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.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Robert David SullivanMay 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
Robert David SullivanMarch 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.
Worshippers hold candles at the beginning of the Easter Vigil at St. Louis de Montfort Church in Sound Beach, N.Y., in April 2017. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Faith Dispatches
Robert David SullivanMarch 08, 2018
Easter is second only to Christmas in Mass attendance—and in a tight race with Halloween in candy consumption.
The Chicago River goes green for St. Patrick's Day. (iStock/ChelFoto)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Robert David SullivanFebruary 22, 2018
The Irish-American population is almost seven times bigger than Ireland itself, but it is also aging and shrinking.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Robert David SullivanDecember 15, 2017
Besides Pope Francis, there was an impressively wide range of topics that got readers’ attention, including reflections on capitalism and philanthropy, and evaluations of the music of U2 and Beyoncé.
(AP Photo/Matthew J. Sroka)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Robert David SullivanJuly 12, 2017
A record low moving rate may be worsening inequality in the United States.