Arizona's law banning abortions at the 20-week stage remains unenforceable after the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the state's appeal of a lower court ruling that the 2012 law is unconstitutional.
With one of its last acts of 2013, the Supreme Court gave Catholics a preview of what could be among its most anticipated decisions in 2014.
On Dec. 31, just before the clock struck the end of 2013, Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily halted the implementation of part of a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptive services in health care plans in response to a lawsuit by a group of Catholic sisters in Colorado.
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty, Catholic and political leaders have stated their intent to lessen poverty in the U.S.
The Senate has yet to vote on the bill, and leaders in the Republican-controlled House have said they would not consider it until savings were found in the budget.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Thomas P. Melady, who served in several diplomatic posts and continued to play a role as "citizen-scholar" long past the age when most people would have retired, died Monday. He was 86.
Melady died at his Washington home of a brain tumor, which doctors only recently diagnosed.
Fr. John Dear will leave the Jesuits after 32 years in the order, which says he was "obstinately disobedient" to its directives.
With a huge swath of the United States alternating between one-two punches of cold snaps and snowstorms, everybody's talking about the weather.
The Obama administration on Friday called on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to lift an order blocking part of a federal health care mandate.
Salvatorian Fr. Robert Nugent co-founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to build bridges between the gay community and the Catholic church.
In ongoing national discussions about the mining of natural gas, Catholic voices have emerged to raise significant moral questions while not necessarily taking sides.
From New York to Colorado, from individual bishops to umbrella organizations, Catholic contributions to the discussions have decidedly held up the church's social teaching on the importance of protecting creation and promoting the common good.