"The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people."
Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said he was surprised at West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have prohibited nonmedical crisis abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization.
Tomblin vetoed the bill late Friday.
"I am very surprised by Gov. Tomblin's veto of the Pain-Capable Act," the bishop said. "For most West Virginians, this is bitter news, especially on the heels of the governor's use of his ability to veto budgeted items to cut benefits to poor children and families in West Virginia."
Pope Francis met Monday with members of the Green family, the billionaires whose company, Hobby Lobby, took their challenge to Obama's contraception mandate to the Supreme Court.
Column: While the 2016 presidential Democratic nomination risks turning into Hillary Clinton's coronation, the contest for the Republican nomination better resembles civil war.
After announcing earlier this week it would no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, Christian relief organization World Vision reversed course Wednesday and said it would no longer recognize the same-sex marriages of its employees.
Heavy criticism from evangelicals may have prompted the reversal. Soon after the earlier groundbreaking decision, the Assemblies of God urged members to consider dropping their support.
Editor's note: Since this story was published, World Vision has retracted its stance on same-sex marriage.
Christian relief organization World Vision has announced it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, a groundbreaking change for an evangelical institution and a reflection of the impact that gay marriage is having on religious organizations.
When two corporations -- one owned by evangelicals and one owned by Mennonites -- filed suit over the Affordable Care Act, they described their complaint in stark and fairly simple terms: The government is forcing them to either break the law or betray their faith.
But at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, nothing was so clear as the justices explored the murky territory where an employer's religious rights collide with the interests of its employees or the government.
Supreme Court justices and activists outside the courthouse alike weren't exactly shy in stating their views on the contraceptive mandate.
Analysis: When President Barack Obama and Pope Francis sit down Thursday, the meeting may offer a vision of what could have been for Democrats and the Catholic church.
Commentary: The recent legal objections to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate make me think of a controversy that figures repeatedly in the New Testament.