America

Though relatively small in number, Catholics in Britain can still contribute to important debates
The Jesuits in America have been looking at the state of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom and have concluded that, while Catholicism is a smaller 'minority faith' compared with the Church of England, it is increasingly mindful of the prophetic role it can play on difficult challenges facing society, although it sometimes operates 'under the radar'.Writing in this week's edition of the Jesuit journal America, correspondent Michael O'Loughlin says the Catholic Church in Britain is...
Photograph of graduates in mortarboards
What are we to make of the educational divide that can be seen in the voting patterns in both the EU referendum and the American presidential election? Patrick Riordan SJ suggests that some serious questions need to be asked: ‘both recent votes reinforce the urgency of reflecting on how our education system may be failing to secure a public space for genuine political debate’. President-elect Donald Trump was right about one thing: that the outcome of the presidential race...
Photograph of Justitia statue
The current controversy about the appointment of a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is indicative of wider problems associated with rights-based citizenship and the politicisation of the judiciary, writes Patrick Riordan SJ – and not just in the United States. How can legal and judicial systems best serve the common good? The death of American Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has provoked a heated debate about how and when an appointment of his...
Photo of Pope Francis
In recent decades, the dynamics within the Catholic Church in America have grown increasingly to resemble those that define the U.S. political scene, writes Vincent Rougeau. Pope Francis’ refusal to align himself with either liberals or conservatives on his recent visit was a challenge to all those who accept such divisions, inside and outside of the Church. A five-year-old girl breaking through security to offer Pope Francis a letter and a t-shirt was probably the most iconic image...