Author Archives: Sarah Christian

Nebraska Abolishes the Death Penalty

One of the nation’s most conservative states, Nebraska, abolished the death penalty earlier today. Nebraska legislators had just enough votes to override Republican Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto. This is a tremendous win for advocates of a whole life approach—those who are looking to broaden the pro-life movement’s commitment to human life and dignity—as well as […]

Indiana’s Bishops Tackle Poverty

The Bishops of Indiana have put together a very good letter on addressing poverty. Here are some highlights of Poverty at the Crossroads: The Church’s Response to Poverty in Indiana: As bishops who serve the people of God, our concern is for everyone, regardless of their religious affiliation, race, ethnic background, economic or social status. […]

Update: Archdiocese of San Francisco Will Remove ‘Ill-Conceived’ Sprinklers

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has released a statement explaining that the sprinklers mentioned in our post earlier today were installed to remove homeless people from certain areas (so they might relocate to safer areas, possibly on the Cathedral grounds) for the sake of “safety, security, and cleanliness.” They admitted that the method used was […]

The Promise and Limits of Finding the Common Ground on Abortion

A common refrain among Catholics who believe that abortion should be legal is that “no one is pro-abortion.” That’s just not true. This is not a disagreement between culture warriors and those who prefer a different approach. It is between those who can accept reality and those who won’t. Some people simply have no moral […]

Reports: Pope Francis Met With, Embraced Transgender Man

Are we to be a church that welcomes people or pushes them away? In his words and actions, Pope Francis has shown his commitment to a church that welcomes those who have felt alienated and excluded. Reports indicate that Pope Francis has once again applied this approach by meeting with and embracing a transgender man […]

No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters

Here are the highlights of Pope Francis’ message for today’s World Day of Peace: The “Life of Communion” vs. Exploitation: Since we are by nature relational beings, meant to find fulfilment through interpersonal relationships inspired by justice and love, it is fundamental for our human development that our dignity, freedom and autonomy be acknowledged and […]

Torture Sacrifices Our Most Important Values

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report today on the CIA’s detention program, which included the use of secret prisons and the brutal interrogation of detainees. The Washington Post has highlighted 20 key findings on the CIA interrogations. It is an ugly picture. John McCain took to the floor of the Senate to show his […]


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