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Sam Sawyer, S.J., is a senior editor and the director of digital strategy at America Media.
FaithShort Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
Statements by some U.S. bishops on the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Covid-19 are proving to be a cautionary tale about confusing Catholics on what is morally permissible.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
By rescinding the Mexico City Policy, the president did serious damage to his own goal of unifying the country.
Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, makes a motion that the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump is unconstitutional at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 26. (Senate Television via AP)
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
The Republican Party has steadily devalued the meaning of “unconstitutional” in its defense of Donald Trump, writes Sam Sawyer, S.J., undermining the best legal argument of the pro-life movement.
FaithShort Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
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.
FaithShort Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
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.
FaithFaith in Focus
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
Those who are telling Catholics they can vote only one way are not just distorting theology but also wounding people spiritually and pastorally.
FaithExplainer
James T. KeaneSam Sawyer, S.J.
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 & SocietyNews Analysis
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
Biased and prejudiced coverage of abortion has severe costs.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
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) 
FaithLast Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
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.