Commentary: The Asian bishops will make history when they meet next month, but odds are, no one will know anything about it.
Commentary: Government money to end domestic and global poverty, hunger, homelessness, inadequate education and inadequate health care would put the world on the path to safety and security.
Commentary: The International Transgender Day of Remembrance, celebrated Tuesday, honors transgender persons killed in the last year with candlelight vigils.
Commentary: Demonstrating on Staten Island reminds RoseAnne Cleary that she has been on a bus with nuns for 50 years, and she thanks God for it.
Commentary: A simplistic litmus test on abortion is not what Catholic social teaching is about. Here are some other ways Catholics can be pro-life.
A few weeks ago, I publicly defended Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York against onslaughts from the left that accused him of paying off pedophile priests to leave the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee. As I explained then, the archbishop was simply recognizing the rights to sustenance that a priest, good or bad, child abuser or not, has from the diocese according to the Code of Canon Law. We might not like it, but sustenance is the law of the church, and then-Archbishop Dolan was following the law.
Now I find it necessary to defend Cardinal Dolan, whose openness and personal character I truly admire, from onslaughts from the far-right, those folks who have created their own parallel magisterium in which the Catholic church sings one note: Making abortions illegal is the highest, truest (maybe only) teaching of our church.
Because the U.S. Catholic hierarchy strongly opposes legislation that would grant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people fuller equality, Catholics can be forgiven for assuming that church teaching always supports one particular "side" in our country's culture wars.