Guidance for Troubled Times

Our signature material is the commentary provided by our writers and podcasters. We live in difficult times of secularization and hostility to the Church, and we are members of a Church which also cries out for authentic renewal. In our commentary we address issues and problems of great concern to Catholics in the Church and the world, offering clear analysis and sound guidance.


From world affairs to Church problems, from Catholic analysis to spiritual formation, we are there for you. If you have wondered about it, we have probably written about it. Our goal is to provide Catholics with the analysis they need to make sense of the Church and the world and the challenges they present.

Deep Catholic thinkers

Our regular writers include Phil Lawler, Jeff Mirus, Jennifer Gregory Miller, and Fr. Jerry Pokorsky. We might write about anything, but Lawler emphasizes current events, Mirus often focuses on how best to understand complex issues, Miller writes on the liturgical year, and Fr. Pokorsky zeroes in on spiritual growth.

By Catholics for Catholics

Our writers make sense of everything from unfortunate scandals to authentic renewal, from human problems to spiritual development.

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In addition to seeing the most recent offerings in the Featured Content section of the home page, you can use the Commentary menu to view the most recent 25 commentaries, or the most popular items over the last year. When reading an item by any author, you can click the “articles” link near the author’s name to see up to 200 more items. You can also search and explore in an archive of thousands of essays going back to 2003.

Special categories

Sometimes we write a sequence of articles on a common topic. In addition, we often summarize interesting developments in Quick Hits, highlight special work by others in On the Good, and write helpful book Reviews. These categories are available directly on the Commentary home page.

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