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Sam Sawyer, S.J., is an executive editor and the director of digital strategy at America Media.

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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Faith Explainer
Sam Sawyer, S.J. August 09, 2019
Do Catholics truly believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist? A recent survey says most don't...but it's complicated.
Bishops listen to a speaker Nov. 14, 2018 at the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.
Faith Short Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. June 10, 2019
After a year of crisis, the U.S. bishops are still failing to respond adequately to the people they serve, writes Sam Sawyer, S.J.
President Donald Trump arrives at a rally at Resch Center Complex in Green Bay, Wis., Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Sam Sawyer, S.J. April 30, 2019
President Trump is leveraging the failure of the pro-choice movement to acknowledge Americans’ moral qualms about abortion.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seen here at a news conference on Jan. 29, has been criticized by Catholic and pro-life leaders for signing a state law guaranteeing wide access to abortion. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
Politics & Society Explainer
Sam Sawyer, S.J. January 30, 2019
Pro-life advocates argue that the New York law allows the most extreme forms of abortion. Pro-choice advocates respond that late-term abortions are rare and complicated. Both sides are right.
Faith Short Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. November 15, 2018
The tragedy of the last week is that the faithful are left to read tea leaves to understand what their bishops and their pope are trying to do in the first place. The Vatican’s action, which in the past could have been interpreted and explained over time, instead provokes a crisis of faith in