Anne Hendershott

Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. She is the author of The Politics of Envy (Crisis Publications, 2020).

Books by Anne Hendershott

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Performative Catholicism

Once society allows individuals to claim an identity grounded exclusively in emotion or desire, anyone can claim to be a practicing Catholic no matter their beliefs or actions.

Catholic College Still Requires Covid Vaccine

Although the national emergency declaration surrounding Covid-19 ended in May, this has not stopped the Jesuit-led Santa Clara University from requiring one bivalent dose for all incoming first year students.

The Dodger Betrayal

As the daughter of a Dodgers minor-league team owner and the wife of a former Dodgers player, the team is in my blood. Yet as a Catholic I now find myself humiliated by their anti-Catholicism.

CDC Leaders Continue to Mislead About Monkeypox

The fact that nearly all of the documented cases of monkeypox have emerged in the population of men who have sex with men seems to suggest that the disease has a behavioral component to it. But many just don’t want to acknowledge that.


The Catholic University of America at a Crossroads

After more than a decade of successful leadership in university expansion and academic excellence, The Catholic University of America’s President John Garvey announced his retirement last month. In a laudatory article in The Washington Post, President Garvey is described as having led “the most successful era of fundraising in university history, resulting in more than … Read more


The Return of Abortion Tourism

As Texas and an increasing number of states are saving the lives of unborn children by successfully implementing restrictive abortion laws, we are already witnessing the return of the pre-Roe era of “abortion tourism.” It is likely that once again—as in the early 1970s—New York City will be the deadly destination of choice for women … Read more

Billy Porter

Cinderella’s Genderless Godmother

For the child—and the adult who knows there is still a child in all of us—fairy tales reveal truths about ourselves and the world. As psychologist Bruno Bettelheim stated in his extraordinary study titled The Uses of Enchantment (1976), “the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales can aid in … Read more

Locked door

Traditionis Custodes as a Hermeneutic of Envy

While there have been some notable attempts to help us understand the rationale behind the most recent motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, the published reflection on the document by Italian Professor Massimo Viglione stands out because it is the only one that recognizes the sin of envy that is driving this latest papal attempt to destroy … Read more


Ignoring Papal Mandates

The sadness that many of us feel about the release of the motu proprio Traditionis custodes restricting the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass cannot be denied. There is great uncertainty as to whether those of us who attend the Latin Mass regularly will continue to have access to it. While some bishops—like the courageous … Read more

Asian protest

Envy and Resentment Drive Discrimination Against Asian Americans

While a growing number of media outlets are attempting to indict “white supremacists” for the dramatic increase in reported hate crimes against people of Asian descent, the reality is that for more than four decades Asian Americans in some of our largest cities have been the victims of violence and discrimination perpetrated by members of … Read more

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