Sam Sawyer, S.J., is a senior editor and the director of digital strategy at America Media.
Faith Short Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. November 20, 2020
The bishops have failed to find a public way to communicate to American Catholics that they are taking this report seriously and are ready to make changes in response to it.
Faith Short Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. November 12, 2020
The failures detailed in the McCarrick report are not just tragic accidents but the predictable outcome of the incentives and attitudes that have shaped the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.
Faith Faith in Focus
Sam Sawyer, S.J. October 30, 2020
Those who are telling Catholics they can vote only one way are not just distorting theology but also wounding people spiritually and pastorally.
Faith Explainer
Sam Sawyer, S.J. September 15, 2020
Are the 40 million U.S. Catholics who are registered Democrats facing the fires of hell? Not according to canon law or the U.S. bishops.
Politics & Society News Analysis
Sam Sawyer, S.J. August 27, 2020
Biased and prejudiced coverage of abortion has severe costs.
Politics & Society Short Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. May 04, 2020
Too often, our bishops respond by answering the questions that they wish people had instead of the ones they actually do have, Sam Sawyer, S.J., writes. It is a pastoral failure of communication that stems from a failure to listen.
Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, leads a Marian prayer service in the basilica at the Vatican on March 11. In attendance were some Vatican employees seated one meter apart as a precaution against the coronavirus. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
Faith Last Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. March 15, 2020
The Mass has power whether we are able to be there in person or not, writes Sam Sawyer, S.J., reflecting on a Sunday when circumstances mean that many are participating in liturgy via modern technology.
Politics & Society Of Many Things
Sam Sawyer, S.J. February 07, 2020
The last time Father Malone left this column in my care (4/3/17), I made an argument for reading the long form of the Gospel when the Lectionary gives us that option. Today I’m going to make an even more shocking reading recommendation: You should read the comments.
Politics & Society Short Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. November 13, 2019
Even as we debate the moral duties of faithful voters, we as a Catholic community have not succeeded in forming faithful candidates.
Community Your Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. November 01, 2019
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