Rome: "How do you say the truth without wounding mercy? How do you be merciful without omitting the truth?"
George W. Bush
The rise of ISIS (also known as Daesh, ISIL, or the "Islamic State") is a direct consequence of the fateful U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Commentary: In the era of Pope Francis, the whole event has the taste of rotten eggs that should have been thrown out long ago.
Grace on the Margins: Fordham University gave John O. Brennan, now director of the CIA, an honorary degree in 2012. The decision quickly became a cause of concern.
Marriage is not only a social good, but an economic one as well, said speakers on a recent panel on "The Future of Marriage in America."
"Good marriages truly lead to a flourishing society," said moderator Kate Bryan, communications director for the American Principles Project.
It is "statistically proven that children do best" in a traditional, two-parent household, said Wade Horn, who served as assistant secretary for children and families in the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.
Analysis: Not so long ago, we expected our presidents to adhere to some faith, but few were obsessed with parsing out his views on specific doctrines.
In her confirmation hearing, Loretta Lynch, the nominee for attorney general, stated mater-of-factly that waterboarding is torture. Some of the senators on the Judiciary Committee holding the hearing disagree with her, but they gave her no argument. They asked where she stood, and she said waterboarding is torture.
The sickening details of the CIA's immoral torture program have been laid bare with the release Tuesday of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report. The report describes deeply disturbing acts of torture and confirms that it produced no meaningful intelligence that could not have been obtained through other means.
It is difficult to read the report and not conclude that both morality and common sense demand that we take every step necessary to prevent the U.S. torture program from ever being reactivated.
Faith and Justice: The political atmosphere in Washington has been very toxic of late, probably more toxic than at any time since World War II.
I was preparing my latest blog post, which was to be titled, "The Democrats still have a good shot at retaining the Senate." Let me share some of the reasons I felt this was so, even though pollsters and pundits were already giving Republicans more than a 60 percent chance of taking the Senate.
Republicans need to gain six seats to retake the Senate. It really all hinges on a number of very close races across the country.