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John Gehring

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Past articles by John:

If Nancy Pelosi is denied Communion, why not William Barr?

(RNS) — Punishing one and celebrating the other, some Catholic leaders act like mere partisans. → Read More


Seminarian immersion program yields a harvest of pastoral experience

When his alarm buzzes at 3 a.m., Daniel Sanchez prepares for a day in the fields alongside migrants who pick cherries and apples in Yakima, Wa... → Read More

Wilton Gregory could be the religious bridge-builder Joe Biden needs

The president-elect is preparing to overturn Trump-era policies on the environment, refugee policy and immigration in ways that are more aligned with Catholic social teaching. → Read More

It’s not just about abortion: What ‘pro-life’ means for Catholics in the 2020 election

The priorities of Pope Francis have shifted the Catholic political narrative in ways that challenge the distorted idea that a single issue defines what it means to be “pro-life.” → Read More

Opinion | Pope Francis Is Fearless

His papacy has been a consistent rebuke to American culture-war Christianity in politics. → Read More

It's time to reclaim the pro-worker history of Catholic social teaching

(RNS) — Bishops and other influential Catholics should be at the front of the line when laborers strike to demand just wages. → Read More

Why Catholic bishops need a year of abstinence on preaching about sexuality

(RNS) — The hubris displayed in making sexuality the lynchpin of Catholic identity when bishops have failed to convince their flock that they are prepared to police predators could be countered with some listening. → Read More

Catholic Church Reforms Should Begin With Bishops

The church’s leaders should be open to at least discussing thorny issues around its patriarchal culture and its teachings about human sexuality and gender. → Read More

Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?

Pope Francis has struck a more welcoming tone, but the church still needs tangible institutionalized reform. → Read More


Lessons to learn from the Supreme Court cake baker case

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v... → Read More

5 years of Francis and his gritty Catholicism

(RNS) — Francis critics have worked themselves into a frenzy because the first Jesuit pope prioritizes discernment and pastoral theology over a one-size-fits-all rigidity when it comes to the application of doctrine, writes John Gehring. → Read More

Paul Ryan faces an urgent moral challenge

(RNS) — More than 100 young immigrants a day lose protection and the ability to work legally. House Speaker Paul Ryan is now the most important leader in determining their future. → Read More

‘Pro-life’ must encompass more than opposition to abortion

(RNS) — Many Americans recognize the complexity of abortion should not be reduced to talking points or bumper stickers. → Read More

What is wrong with white Christians?

(RNS) — Too many white Christians sacrifice the gospel’s radical solidarity with the poor and oppressed with comfortable, self-serving ideologies, writes John Gehring. → Read More


Religious liberty should unite us, not divide us

A flurry of Supreme Court cases is putting religious liberty debates and state-church conflicts in the spotlight. In recent days, the court ruled that hospital systems with church affiliations are exe... → Read More


What I saw at a conservative Catholic gathering in DC's Trump Tower

Washington -- The symposium featured a blend of high-powered networking, liturgies, wonky policy discussions and insider D.C. political whispering. → Read More

Here’s what I saw when I attended a conservative Catholic gathering in DC’s Trump Tower

The symposium at the Trump International Hotel mixed traditional Catholic religious practices with moments that felt uncomfortably nationalistic. → Read More


The church walks the walk on immigration

NCR Today: The anniversary of Pope Francis' Mass at the border is a powerful reminder to recognize Christ in the migrant and refugee and to reject the politics of fear. → Read More

How the March for Life will show that being ‘pro-life’ shouldn’t stop at birth

Those who disagree on abortion can find common ground. → Read More

Why Christmas is radical

(RNS) It’s tempting to turn Christmas into a safe holiday that asks little of us. But that would ignore the prophetic, subversive life of Jesus, writes John Gehring. → Read More