Voices

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

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
Victims of clergy sexual abuse and their family members listen as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks about a grand jury’s investigation of clergy sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Faith Faith in Focus
Sam Sawyer, S.J. August 16, 2018
On the Feast of the Assumption and following more revelations of sexual abuse, a priest reflects on the hard work required for the church to “come to perfection.”
Politics & Society Last Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J. June 26, 2018
The way Jesus used table fellowship in the Gospels was morally transformative—but by inclusion, not by exclusion.
Politics & Society News
Sam Sawyer, S.J. January 19, 2018
Some students had reservations about politicians whose pro-life commitment was too narrow.
Faith Faith in Focus
Sam Sawyer, S.J. January 19, 2018
The Gospel we heard today is a tactical trainwreck. It tells us to offer no resistance to enemies and love them instead.
Faith Of Many Things
Sam Sawyer, S.J. March 22, 2017
Being comfortable receiving and processing information faster unfortunately does not correlate with our ability to assess that information for truth, much less for wisdom.