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John Gehring

John Gehring is an author at Religion News Service.

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 1, 2019

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

Will Catholic voters make Joe Biden the next president?

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

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, […]

Why Christmas is radical

December 22, 2016

(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.

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