Andrew Small

Director, US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America

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Director of the Office for the Church in Latin America at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

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On this Christmas Eve, we take another look at the evolution of the  Roman Catholic Church , an ancient institution in a fast moving world.

The Catholic Church, the Next Generation

On this Christmas Eve, we take another look at the evolution of the Roman Catholic Church , an ancient institution in a fast moving world.

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LA's Cardinal Roger Mahoney is a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock.  To replace him,  Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez , an immigrant from Mexico, who's also…

The Future of the Catholic Church

LA's Cardinal Roger Mahoney is a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock.  To replace him, Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez , an immigrant from Mexico, who's also…

from Which Way, L.A.?

Pedophilia by priests is not the only recent development for an ancient institution trying to cope with fast-moving contemporary realities.

The Roman Catholic Future, in the US and Around the World

Pedophilia by priests is not the only recent development for an ancient institution trying to cope with fast-moving contemporary realities.

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Three shootings in the span of one week in California, Texas, and Ohio have community members and political leaders speaking out against gun violence and hateful rhetoric toward the…

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Accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself over the weekend. He was in the secure housing unit in a Manhattan jail.

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A state bill called AB 5 would require businesses that rely on independent contractors to reclassify them as employees and offer benefits such as health insurance and sick pay. There’s…

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Since March some 387 Boeing 737 Max jets have been grounded by regulators and airlines with no end in sight. Boeing profits have tanked. Last month the company recorded its biggest ever quarterly loss and deliveries are at their lowest since 2012. Boeing says it expects the plane to return to service by the end of this year, as it continues to focus on the plane’s software system, thought to be the cause of both plane crashes. Boeing’s crisis highlights a problem beyond flight safety. The aircraft manufacturer chose to prioritize big spending on CEO compensation and stock buybacks rather than reinvest profits on its employees, infrastructure and R and D. Last year alone, Boeing’s chief executive Dennis Muilenburg took home $30 in compensation and gains from options. Buybacks over investment; the financial strategy that’s great for shareholders but may well have cost Boeing the public’s trust.

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The Trump administration tried to bury a report showing that it's water use plans for California would decimate a unique species of salmon.

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P eople like Becky Dennison are working to address to one  of America’s most urgent crises with a straightforward approach.

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Will mass shootings become part of America’s background noise?   That’s an ugly prospect raised by the deaths of 34 people this week in Texas, Ohio and California.

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Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and battered the Carolinas, but what dominated the news cycle?

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