Politics & Society Short TakeSam 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.
Faith Last TakeSam 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 ThingsSam 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 TakeSam 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 TakeSam Sawyer, S.J. November 01, 2019
We’re relaunching the commenting experience at America.
Faith ExplainerSam 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.
Faith Short TakeSam 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.
Politics & Society News AnalysisSam Sawyer, S.J. April 30, 2019
President Trump is leveraging the failure of the pro-choice movement to acknowledge Americans’ moral qualms about abortion.
Politics & Society ExplainerSam 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 TakeSam 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