Robert David Sullivan is an associate editor at America magazine.
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.
The rapid proliferation of air-conditioners to cope with the heat is itself a major contributor to global warming.(imaslev/iStock)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Robert David SullivanJune 28, 2017

Most Americans say they have changed their behavior to help protect the environment—whether because they are heeding the warnings of Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’” or are alarmed by stories of severe weather and

Politics & Society Of Many Things
Robert David SullivanJune 01, 2017
There is a bubble in American politics, but it is not separating Democratic and Republican voters; it is keeping political leaders of both parties from hearing the voices outside Washington.
Former President Barack Obama accepts the 2017 Profile in Courage award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Politics & Society Short Take
Robert David SullivanMay 09, 2017
Both political parties are getting further out of touch from the average voters.
Omaha Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello waves to supporters at a rally on April 20.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Robert David SullivanApril 24, 2017
The expulsion of pro-life candidates may doom the Democrats to minority status.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Robert David SullivanApril 06, 2017
The U-turn on environmental policies comes as evidence mounts that climate change has already caused significant damage, from killing large sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to causing severe drought in Africa.
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Faith Dispatches
Robert David SullivanMarch 18, 2017
Father Monan led the Jesuit university for 24 years.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. talks about the American Health Care Act during a March 8 news conference in Washington. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Short Take
Robert David SullivanMarch 10, 2017
The American Health Care Act seriously tests many principles of Catholic social teaching.