Editor's note: NCR readers interested in immigration reform and voting rights will no doubt find this article about the race for the secretary of state in Kansas well worth the read.
The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage on Monday, leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.
The unexpected decision by the justices, announced without further explanation, immediately affects five states in which federal appeals courts had struck down bans against gay marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah.
For the first time, federal funding will help pay for unaccompanied minor immigrants to get legal assistance, including through Catholic agencies that will receive a little more than half of $4.2 million in grants for this fiscal year.
An additional $4.8 million will be allocated for the legal program for the 2015 fiscal year.
The California Catholic Conference has filed a federal civil rights complaint protesting a state ruling mandating the inclusion of voluntary direct abortion -- including gender selection and late-term abortion -- in California health insurance policies.
"This is a coercive and discriminatory action by the state of California," said Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy of San Francisco, who is chair of the Institutional Concerns Committee of the California Catholic Conference, the public advocacy arm of the state's bishops.
Faith and Justice: I wish this was the last column I had to write about the Affordable Care Act and abortion, but I doubt it will be.
A nonprofit legal organization has launched a campaign called "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" to encourage politically motivated sermons that could challenge the Johnson amendment to the tax code.
Many voices -- including Pope Francis' -- have discussed the role of poverty on family life. Does one issue feed into the other? Is there a cause and effect?
While a new survey found an increasing desire for religion to play a role in politics among all Christians, among Catholics, it found an independently thinking group.
A new Pew Research Center survey finds 72 percent of Americans say religion's influence is declining in society, the highest percentage since Pew began measuring the trend in 2001.
We say: The Vietnam War demonstrated that a might power could be undone by the determination of a poor population. If only we would learn.