Faith and Justice: On immigration, the bishops, unlike politicians, show their concern for the poor and their clear attention to the root causes of the crisis.
Immigration and the Church: These largely sympathetic views come from all points along the political and religious spectrum, according to a new survey.
A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year.
The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond ruled 2-1 that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry that is paramount to state marriage laws. The ruling affirmed a district judge's decision rendered in February.
So many children are coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala because of rampant economic inequality and social exclusion.
Parish Diary: What does our parish do about contraception? We teach as the church teaches. Are we having any significant impact? No.
Faith and Justice: Watching the U.S. Catholic bishops and the Obama administration fight each other has been a depressing experience. The two are natural allies on many issues.
"This is something that religious groups can work with," one person said. "[The] executive order is unprecedented and extreme," said the bishops.
We say: A religious organization does not hire an inclination or an act, it hires a person, and the church has affirmed that gay people are to be loved.
The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for Catholic and other religious nonprofit employers to opt out of providing federally mandated contraceptives they object to including in their employee health care coverage.
Neither Republicans or Democrats get much political leverage from the split decisions by courts over the funding of the Affordable Care Act.