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John Gehring
John Gehring is Catholic Program Director at Faith in Public Life. Previously, Gehring was Communications Director at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and served as Associate Director for Media Relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church. A former national education reporter for Education Week newspaper, Gehring has also written for The Catholic Review in Baltimore and the Frederick Gazette in Frederick, Md. He graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in writing and sociology, has a Masters in journalism from Columbia University in New York City.

Entries by John Gehring

Pope Francis at Year Three: Renewal is the Revolution

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 1:20 PM

Three years ago, the curtain raised on the Francis era. In a flash, the first pope from Latin America seemed ubiquitous. There he was brushing off the Apostolic Palace, on the cover of Rolling Stone and dropping that "Who am I to Judge" bombshell. Catholicism felt cool. Jesuit swagger was palpable. After...

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Bernie Sanders Is Wrong. Pope Francis Isn't a Socialist. He's a Radical Christian.

(34) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 10:42 PM

America's most famous democratic socialist and presidential contender Bernie Sanders has never been shy about expressing his admiration for Pope Francis. The first Jew and non-Christian to win a presidential primary of a major political party, Sanders frequently praises the pope for blasting unfettered markets and economic inequality. In a...

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The Year of Pope Francis, Top Ten Papal Quotes

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Pope Francis has dominated headlines and become a global spiritual rock star since his election on March 13. The 77-year old Argentine Jesuit is making waves by challenging Catholic leaders to build a "church for the poor," urging the hierarchy not to be "obsessed" with a few hot-button issues and...

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What Sarah Palin (and the GOP) Can Learn from Pope Francis

(34) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Sarah Palin clearly needs to do her homework on many issues, but her comments yesterday that she is put off by Pope Francis' "liberal" comments proves she and many conservatives need to hit the books when it comes to the Catholic Church's bold social justice teachings. Here's Palin...

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Catholic Bishop to Pro-Life Groups: 'Merely Anti-Abortion' Not Enough

(124) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Catholic progressives are used to feeling the heat from some bishops who give the impression that abortion is the only life issue. It's not every day that you hear a Catholic bishop directly challenge self-identified "pro-life" groups for their selective moralizing and crass tactics. Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg...

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The Boy Scouts, Gay Youth and Catholic Teaching

(88) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 5:43 PM

Catholic Church officials are responding to the Boy Scout's recent policy change to drop its ban on openly gay youth with reactions that range from measured to needlessly alarmist and offensive.

A Catholic pastor in Washington state claims the message sent to Catholic scouts would be "

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Gun Violence: A Moral Challenge for 'Pro-Life' Christians

(11) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 12:03 PM

In the wake of the horrific violence unleashed last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School, religious leaders across the country have tried to provide spiritual healing and grappled with profound theological questions about the nature of evil. As the dead are buried and we...

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The Catholic Case Against Rick Santorum

(106) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 12:06 PM

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a proud Catholic who often speaks about his faith on the campaign trail, is attracting some formidable buzz from pundits who view his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses as a sign that the former Pennsylvania senator might have enough mojo to rally a coalition...

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Bishops, the White House and Sweeping Charges of Anti-Catholicism

(9) Comments | Posted November 5, 2011 | 6:33 PM

The Washington Post featured a lengthy front page story yesterday about the Obama administration's ongoing tension with U.S. Catholic bishops. The heart of the current dispute is over the Department of Health and Human Services' recent decision to end funding to the U.S. Conference of Catholic...

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Is George W. Bush Pro-Life?

(43) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 7:04 PM

Former President George W. Bush receives a pro-life award this weekend from Legatus, an organization of Catholic business professionals. The group cites his administration's opposition to embryonic stem-cell research, an executive order barring federal funds from international family planning groups that offer abortions, and the appointment of "pro-life" Supreme Court...

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Honoring King: Economic Justice for All

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 5:32 PM

Forty-two years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Memphis in support of sanitation workers striking for better wages and union representation. A leader of soaring eloquence and historic importance, King had met with presidents, traveled the globe as a hero of nonviolent resistance and at age...

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When the "Invisible Hand" of the Market Slaps Us in the Face

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 2:07 PM

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Rev. Jim Wallis, one of our most prolific and prescient faith leaders, has a new book out that makes a compelling case for taking that adage seriously. Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street and Your Street - A Moral...

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Catholic Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Immigration Reform

(3) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 11:24 AM

While attention is focused on final negotiations over health-care legislation, Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year by using the power of their pulpits and bipartisan political influence on Capitol Hill. Last week, bishops hosted a briefing to outline...

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