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John Gehring

John Gehring is an author at Religion News Service.

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Confessions of an exhausted Catholic

By John Gehring — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — The Catholic narrative in public life has become a soul-wearying experience.

Politicizing Biden’s faith is pastoral malpractice

By John Gehring — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Deploying Communion as a bludgeon to selectively sanction elected officials on a single issue is not the answer.

It’s the Vatican’s LGBTQ theology that is ‘disordered’

By John Gehring — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — The outpouring of painful reactions demonstrates the limits of Pope Francis' welcoming gestures toward LGBTQ people and is a stark reminder that my church continues to deny people their full humanity.

Joe Biden will remove the ‘bully’ from the bully pulpit

By John Gehring — November 9, 2020
(RNS) — Leading with a moral clarity, humility and grace drawn from Catholic roots, Biden may be able to help reclaim faith in the public square as a force for healing and justice.

Barrett hearings will play into Trump’s hopes to claim Catholic high ground

By John Gehring — October 9, 2020
(RNS) — Democrats will walk right into a trap set for them by conservatives if they make her faith the centerpiece of these hearings.

Trump woos Catholics on abortion but may lose them on life

By John Gehring — January 24, 2020
(RNS) — The president's appearance at this year's March for Life is the kickoff to an expected ‘Catholics for Trump’ campaign that will focus on abortion over immigration, climate change and inequality.

Communion should be personal, not political

By John Gehring — October 31, 2019
(RNS) — Pastors who think they are protecting the faith by denying pro-choice Catholics Communion should remember that Jesus built his movement by instead inviting the sinful and vulnerable to the table.

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

By John Gehring — September 1, 2019
(RNS) — Bishops and other influential Catholics should be at the front of the line when laborers strike to demand just wages. 

Can faithful Catholics vote for President Trump?

By John Gehring — August 9, 2019
(RNS) — The nation's Catholic bishops include racist behavior among the sins that 'may legitimately disqualify a candidate from receiving support.'

It’s time to revive religious civil disobedience

By John Gehring — July 23, 2019
(RNS) — Being a faithful Christian sometimes means breaking the rules. Moral disruption is a sacred act when the status quo is sinful.

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

By John Gehring — June 25, 2019
(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.

Will Catholic voters make Joe Biden the next president?

By John Gehring — May 8, 2019
(RNS) — If Biden can articulate a vision that honors the dignity of work and affirms America's immigrant character, Catholic voters could make him the first Catholic president since JFK.

John Gehring: Power to the Catholic laypeople

By John Gehring — December 20, 2018
RNS asked some of the country’s top faith leaders, scholars and activists to consider what changes the religion landscape will see in 2019. Find all their predictions here. As the clergy abuse crisis continues to shake the foundations of the Catholic Church, 2019 will be the Year of the Laity. Catholics in the pews are angry, […]

5 years of Francis and his gritty Catholicism

By John Gehring — March 12, 2018
(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.

Paul Ryan faces an urgent moral challenge

By John Gehring — February 6, 2018
(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.
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