Listen to the news any day, any hour. You will find commentators, usually Republicans, who think that President Barack Obama needs to show more "muscle" in his conduct of foreign policy or act "more strongly" wherever -- you name the place -- or "regain America's leadership role in the world." Many critics wish he had kept at least some U.S. troops in Iraq, engaged to some degree in the civil war in Syria, and had "taken decisive action" (whatever that means) against Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting the Ukrainian separatists.
As children and families continued crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a group of diverse religious leaders remained focused on the plight immigrants face after they arrive in the country illegally.
Distinctly Catholic: I find it astonishing that a statement signed on behalf of bishops fails to mention God and is so utterly devoid of pastoral sensibility.
Analysis: The president may have finally found a small patch of middle ground in balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom.
A Latin America expert for Catholic Relief Services, the head of the bishops' migration committee and the president of a Catholic college in Michigan were among those urging the government toward humanitarian responses to a surge of children and families crossing the U.S. border from Central America.
Making a Difference: What kind of welcome is being offered to the children fleeing desperate conditions? The answer to that question is still largely undetermined.
I'm in Washington, D.C., on a lobbying trip with the Loretto Community, planned six months ago. We identified seven issues, invited members to come along, wrote fact sheets and prayers, and, eight weeks ago, began praying and writing to Congress, one issue a week. We set the date as best we could, looking at our community calendar and our own lives. But privately, we all thought Congress might even have gone home. Surely we would slog away in July heat, saying the same-old, same-old to bored staff.
We say: Are we, as a nation, incapable of renouncing weapons that kill mostly innocent civilians? Then why the resistance to sign a treaty banning land mines?
Most Christians don't approve of President Barack Obama right now, but he gets high ratings from Muslims and other minority religious groups.
It's not because of their religion, though.
Obama's level of popular approval matches Americans' political party ties, not their religious identity, age or almost any other demographic characteristic, said Jeffrey Jones, managing editor of the Gallup poll.
"These children and families have journeyed to our country, fleeing violence and destitution in Central America. ... They are exhausted, afraid and clinging to hope."