Robert David Sullivan, America Magazine

Robert David Sullivan

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  • The AV Club

Past articles by Robert:

Covid-19 has thrived on economic inequality—and may make it even worse

Death rates from the coronavirus have been highest in low-income areas, writes Robert David Sullivan. And according to one measure of economic inequality, the U.S. more closely resembles Latin America and Africa than Europe. → Read More

Biden gets a bump in Trump Country, and 8 takeaways from the Michigan primary

Joe Biden’s victory in the Michigan primary is raising hopes he can rebuild the “blue wall,” but Robert David Sullivan writes that a Democratic coalition may not be easy to assemble this fall. → Read More

A world of unrest: Watchdog group counts dozens of flashpoints across the globe

The Global Conflict Tracker, part of the Council on Foreign Relations, listed 26 “conflicts around the world of concern to the United States” as of February, and there are new threats on the horizon. → Read More

Joe Biden turns back the clock, and 6 other takeaways from Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday voters were not keen on a contested convention, writes Robert David Sullivan, and Sanders fumbled his opportunity to unite the Democratic Party. → Read More

Biden aims for inevitability, and 7 takeaways from South Carolina

The stop-Sanders movement is coalescing around Joe Biden, writes Robert David Sullivan, but is it too late? Super Tuesday may provide the answer. → Read More

Super Tuesday is a week away. Here are 6 takeaways from Bernie’s win in Nevada.

Bernie Sanders may yet unify the Democrats, writes Robert David Sullivan, but there are still questions about what to do if most primary voters oppose him. → Read More

Bernie breaks the primary system, and other takeaways from New Hampshire

Sanders is the weak Democratic frontrunner after Iowa and New Hampshire, writes Robert David Sullivan, and his divide-and-conquer strategy may not work forever. → Read More

Monty Python and the 7 early takeaways from Iowa

We still do not have the official results from the Iowa caucuses, writes Robert David Sullivan, but we have lessons to learn from the fiasco. → Read More

Important dates in 2020

What is coming up in 2020, from Holy Days of Obligation to the presidential election and the Summer Olympics. → Read More

America’s most-viewed stories of 2019

Articles that tackled perplexing questions (“Why Do Some Catholics Oppose Pope Francis?” “Where Was God When Notre Dame Was in Flames?”) were especially popular with our readers in 2019. But what else made the hit list? → Read More

Seniors squeeze out kids in federal budget

Federal spending on children fell to 1.9 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2018. → Read More

How immigration affects the three Americas

Both the church and the nation will steadily shrink without newcomers from beyond our national borders. But there are big differences in how immigration plays out in different parts of the U.S. → Read More

Sainthood picks up the pace under recent popes

John Paul II canonized more saints (482) than the popes from the previous 500 years combined, and Pope Francis is more than keeping up. → Read More

Marriage is thriving—but only among college graduates

Nearly two-thirds of college graduates are married, writes Robert David Sullivan, compared with only about half of those who have not gone beyond high school. → Read More

As ranks of voting seniors increase, poverty persists among U.S. children

Children are consistently the poorest age group in the United States, writes Robert David Sullivan. But will they be heard in Washington as they become outnumbered by people over 65? → Read More

Parishes without pastors decline, but only because more churches have closed

The number of U.S. parishes without resident pastors has leveled off to about 3,400, according to the latest data from CARA—but only after dioceses have closed down thousands of churches since 1990. → Read More

List: Taking the pulse of Catholic voters

Recent polls put U.S. Catholics squarely in the middle of the political spectrum (with a majority saying they will not support President Trump in 2020), but there are major differences between white and Hispanic Catholics. → Read More

List: Catholic presidential candidates since J.F.K.

Joe Biden is joining the dozens of Catholics who have run for president since John F. Kennedy was in the White House, but only one so far has come close to winning. → Read More

Two U.S. churches: One is closing down parishes, the other is standing-room only

While the church continues to shut down parishes in the Rust Belt, a new wave of immigrants is contributing to an urgent demand for more pews in the South and West. → Read More

The big money behind March Madness

Watching the N.C.A.A. annual college basketball tournament has become a tradition for many Catholics. March Madness is also a huge moneymaker for everyone except the players. → Read More