The Supreme Court on Friday issued a three-sentence order affirming an injunction blocking enforcement against a mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance.
This week, State Sen. Richard Black, R-Va., withdrew his candidacy for Congress after a two-day run. In Jan. 2013, Black wrote to Pope Benedict XVI stating that he was “revolted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ support for the canonization of [Dorothy Day] whose views supported the violent extermination of Christians throughout the world.”
After 40 years of near-silence, Catholics and retired government officials have expressed gratitude to former South Vietnam’s soldiers who died in the war against the Chinese invasion of the Paracel Islands.
“Today we gather together here to commemorate, express our deep gratitude to and pray for soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend our nation in the sea war against the Chinese invasion of the Paracel Islands in 1974,” said Fr. Joseph Maria Le Quoc Thang, secretary general of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace.
Braving near-record low temperatures, thousands of young people from across the United States gathered in Washington for the 41st annual March for Life.
The March for Life traditionally has a strong Catholic presence. But this year, organizers reached out to evangelicals.
Neither John McCain nor Marco Rubio, two of Washington's mouthiest senators, could resist slamming Barack Obama for shaking hands with Cuba's Raul Castro at last month's funeral for Nelson Mandela.
"Why should you shake hands with somebody who's keeping Americans in prison?" asked McCain. "I mean, what's the point?"
Rubio's knock: "If the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba."
Supreme Court justices pressed attorneys about when it is constitutional to prohibit certain speech in a case over buffer zones around abortion clinics.
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. House should pass a bipartisan bill that would require the federal government to respect state marriage laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a U.S. archbishop said Friday.
Titled the State Marriage Defense Act, the bill "is a necessary piece of legislation that will prevent the federal government from unjustly disregarding, in certain instances, state marriage laws concerning the definition of marriage," said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring "Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage," planned for Jan. 18-26, as part of several events marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.
"Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence," says a posting on www.9daysforlife.com.