All Catholic Review editorial staff members contribute to the Amen column, which covers topics ranging from weddings to Mother's Day to dealing with loss.


Prison ministry: ‘Looking for something good to do’
Apr 04 2013
Bishop Rozanski's visit to the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women leaves the imprisoned women feeling renewed and encouraged.

A 50-year legacy of racial justice
Mar 21 2013
It was one of the ugliest scenes in the history of the Baltimore City Council.

Benedict – and us – amid God’s green grandeur
Mar 08 2013
After Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned Feb. 28, he traveled 15 miles southeast from Vatican City to Castel Gandolfo, a summer villa where he spent a significant amount of time during his eight years as pontiff. He left as the sun was setting and bathing Rome in gold – a fitting canvas for his farewell.

Pope offers lesson in humility
Feb 14 2013
Long before Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger assumed the papal throne and Archbishop William E. Lori sat on the chair of John Carroll, the churchmen shared a bumpy flight between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Commentary: Hattie Carroll, 50 years later
Feb 09 2013
While Hattie Carroll suffered from chronic hypertension and most likely was diabetic, the accepted wisdom is that she died because of the color of her skin.

The real heroes are in the classroom
Jan 25 2013
Super Bowl Week is upon us. Everything that is grand about the experiment that is the United States – ambition, collaboration, courage, discipline – will be on display in New Orleans.

Your ‘slim down’ resolution’s heavy moral weight
Jan 14 2013
The other day I fished a plastic sour cream container out of the garbage can. It and its expired contents had been inadvertently tossed during a post-holiday fridge-cleaning frenzy, but I, being the tree-hugger I am, scrubbed it up and added it to the recycling bin.

Telling questions for pregnant women
Jan 10 2013
My brother was in line at a local supermarket when he observed a young woman strike up a conversation with an apparent longtime friend. Showing off her slightly protruding belly, the younger woman announced that she was pregnant.

‘And with your spirit’ works for me
Dec 13 2012
In the mid-1960s, the late Father Francis X. Wills was the associate pastor of St. Rose of Lima in Brooklyn, known for the voice he lent to parish music and the strong hand with which he guided a Catholic Youth Organization that provided an outlet for hundreds of teens.

‘Doomsday preppers’ might be onto something
Dec 11 2012
There is something about Armageddon that fascinates even the least religious among us, as the silver screen has long attested.