Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.
Simply Spirit: It seems just yesterday that everybody in the gay community was either in the closet, dying of AIDS, or both. We've come a long way.
News reports on Wednesday suggest that President Barack Obama is readying to take U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State -- the Sunni militant group rampaging through northern Iraq in an effort to establish an Islamic caliphate -- into Syria, where the group is headquartered.
Editor's note: Michael Sean Winters is on vacation this week. Filling in for him are various writers from Millennial, a journal featuring the writing of millennial Catholics. Winters will be back next week.
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This country has gone from only 13 percent favoring airstrikes in Syria in September 2013 to 60 percent currently in favor.
Archbishop Jerome Listecki said it's up to the survivors of sexual abuse to give him a counterproposal to the $4 million he offered for compensation of some victims.
Aug. 29 marked the 44th anniversary of the historic Chicano Moratorium anti-war march in East Los Angeles in 1970. This was the largest protest manifestation of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. The movement was the largest and most widespread civil rights and empowerment movement by Mexican-Americans in American history.
Fifty-three religious leaders and thinkers, including Catholics, asked Obama to "break the cycle of violent intervention" and gave him eight alternate approaches.
The final two-plus years of the Obama presidency look to be a torturous obstacle course with little or nothing to be accomplished and repeated attempts to roll back those legislative pieces that are already in place. The 2014 election appears bleak for Democrats, who may even lose control of the Senate. The resulting Congress is almost certain to be even more recalcitrant in working with President Barack Obama than the current one.