Grace on the Margins: Regular beachgoers know the gifts the sea offers. But it's important to remember that the ocean also provides us with the gift of life.
Another school shooting has taken place, this time in Oregon. This map shows that they have been taking place in every corner of our country. In fact, a total of 74 school shootings have happened since the tragic December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Eco Catholic: The odds are staggering that tweaking a law or two will do much beyond letting us feel uplifted because "I'm doing my part to go green."
We say: Sixty words have defined our foreign policy and shaped our domestic policy for 13 years. It's time to end this culture of war.
Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform are reminding members of Congress that they will be held accountable at the polls if they fail before their summer recess to pass a bill that fixes the system.
Ahead of Monday’s expected carbon rules for existing power plants, the U.S. bishops are urging the federal government to protect “the least of these” in its efforts to address climate change, both locally and globally.
Commentary: The right to protest is not the right to violently oust a democratic government, a distinction that policymakers in Washington don't always seem to grasp.
That didn't take long. About a week.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner, a Catholic, surprised many of us when he publicly made fun of his fellow Republicans as unwilling to take on the challenging task of passing immigration reform. Now Boehner regrets the modest but well-deserved public shaming of his House members.
Analysis: A three-word tweet from Pope Francis about inequality left some conservatives dazed and confused over Catholic teachings on economics.
A couple of years ago, a woman I'll call Ann saw me give a television interview about prison sentencing reform. She phoned me right away to tell me about her son, who, she said, received a 10-year sentence in federal prison for his second marijuana possession. A lawyer was filing an appeal, but she didn't know if he would be successful.
Alas, I didn't have any hope to hold out to her. Congress seems even less likely than the Missouri legislature to shorten drug possession sentences, and such reform benefits are almost never retroactive, though there's no reason they couldn't be.