Robert David Sullivan, America Magazine

Robert David Sullivan

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Recent articles by Robert:

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

A Catholic travel itinerary

Americans are journeying abroad in record numbers. Here are some of the sites across the world of particular interest to Catholic travelers. → Read More

The most-viewed stories of 2018: Politics, the church in crisis and some much-needed comic relief

Brett Kavanaugh, Stephen Colbert and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were some of the names that attracted America readers and viewers in 2018, along with reporting from the Vatican and an essay about proper behavior in the pews. → Read More

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

amily spokesman Jim McGrath says Mr. Bush died shortly after 10 p.m., about eight months after the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, who died on April 17, 2018, at the age of 92. They were the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. → Read More

Infographic: Fifty years after Fair Housing Act, segregation persists

The homeownership gap between white and black families is as wide as it was in the 1960s, and the remaining barriers to integration include restrictive zoning and newly tightfisted banks. → Read More

Catholics cite God, not homilies, as reason for attending church

Compared with other Christians in the United States, Catholics are more likely to attend church to please other family members—and are significantly less likely to go because they “find the sermons valuable.” Those were among the findings of a Pew Research Center poll released in August. Pew interviewed 4,729 U.S. adults, including 844 self-identified Catholics, last December to find out why… → Read More

Review: In ‘Fahrenheit 11/9,’ Michael Moore asks the heartland to deliver us from Trump

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is not subtle, and it is not sympathetic to the view that what we need now is civility and centrism. → Read More

The rise and fall of the socially conscious sitcom, from “All in the Family” to “Roseanne”

Fifty years ago, U.S. television began to reflect the political debates going on in our homes. But genuine differences may be to hot to handle in the Age of Trump. → Read More

Infographic: U.S. permanent diaconate marks 50 years of steady growth

The number of permanent deacons in the Catholic Church has steadily grown, to more than 18,000 in the U.S. and more than 45,000 worldwide. → Read More

Infographic: A Mother’s Day wish for more children?

The fertility rate in the U.S. is down, but the cost of raising a child may be to blame. If not for immigrant families, births would be down sharply. → Read More

Infographic: Generation groups and religion

Surveys suggest that younger Americans are turning away from religion, but they may not have been properly introduced to the church in the first place. → Read More