Guest Commentary

These opinion columns have been submitted to the Catholic Review from various guest columnists. 


Little Sisters of the Poor on Supreme Court case: Why we can’t “just sign the form”
Feb 04 2016
Contrary to how it is often presented, Form 700 is neither a simple declaration of conscientious objection, nor an “opt out” regarding the HHS Contraceptive Mandate. Form 700 is a permission slip.

Embracing a resolution that will last
Jan 07 2016
Imagining change is easy. Implementing change is difficult. That’s why I question most resolutions. What you want is probably a good thing, but to reach that goal, you need to think of the journey as much as the destination.

Good decisions can be made at any age
Dec 29 2015
Making decisions is an art that gets easier with time and experience. But good decisions are absolutely achievable at all ages.

‘I couldn’t do it without Him’
Dec 23 2015
Without Jesus, we have no salvation, no redemption, no Incarnation, no life-death-Resurrection

Nine bishops and one abbot dine, dialogue with peace activists
Nov 25 2015
During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops’ fall assembly in Baltimore, several bishops and one abbot, decided to skip dinner at the downtown Marriott Waterfront hotel, and walked several blocks to an inner city parish to share a simple meal with about 30 peace activists – myself included.

One Baltimore: A 125th anniversary celebration of unity
Nov 20 2015
That the Mission Helpers celebrated 125 years by a benefit, not for themselves but for two organizations that are dedicated to the musical growth of Baltimore children, makes a strong statement about their belief that “One Baltimore” can become a reality, and illustrates their readiness to foster that unity.

Accepting advice and dialogue
Nov 05 2015
Adults are supposed to be mature, but we can still get emotional, especially when we want to see the people we love do well in life.

Supreme Court is not perfect; God’s law is
Oct 15 2015
The Supreme Court was wrong in Dred Scott. The Supreme Court was wrong in Plessy v. Ferguson. The Supreme Court was wrong in Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court was wrong in Obergefell v. Hodges. The Supreme Court lacks the jurisdiction to overrule God’s definition of marriage.

Guest Commentary: What I learned on pilgrimage
Oct 02 2015
Father John J. "Jack" Lombardi reflects on the pilgrimage he led from Baltimore to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis.

Visit with Feet for Francis pilgrims releases flood of Baltimore memories
Sep 25 2015
Nothing stirs memories of Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic schools like seeing archdiocesan pilgrims tromp past your home turf in Pennsylvania.