The case, expected to be heard in October, will examine the constitutionality of a practice in Congress and state governments for more than two centuries.
As Oregon scientists announced they converted human skin cells into embryonic stem cells, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities said the technique destroys human life.
Analysis: Abortion opponents thought the case could reshape the abortion debate. Yet the prayers for an impact from the Gosnell conviction may go unanswered.
The "full social and legal effects" of state lawmakers' decision to legalize same-sex marriage "will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead," said the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
"Today the Minnesota Senate voted to redefine marriage in Minnesota. The outcome, though expected, is no less disappointing," the conference said in a statement.
The state Senate in a 37-30 vote gave final approval Monday to a same-sex marriage bill. The state House passed the measure May 9. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed it Tuesday.
We say: The Justice Department's seizure of telephone records from The Associated Press, unprecedented in scope, undermines a healthy democracy.
Applause and protests greeted the congressman with the controversial budget proposals as he arrived Saturday at Benedictine College in Kansas for graduation ceremonies.
Alumni of a Catholic college in Kansas have objected to the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as the speaker at Saturday's graduation.
The legalization of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island on Thursday was described as a "serious injustice" by the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
"The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature. Therefore, regardless of what law is enacted, marriage remains the union of one man and one woman -- by the very design of nature, it cannot be otherwise," said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, sub-committee chairman.
Comprehensive immigration reform appears closer than ever after a bipartisan group of senators put forward a proposal that represents months of careful negotiation.
One U.S. Catholic bishop hailed the repeal of the death penalty in Maryland as "a courageous step toward a culture of life."
The comment, by Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, was issued Thursday, the day Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, signed the bill that repeals capital punishment.