"This is something that religious groups can work with," one person said. "[The] executive order is unprecedented and extreme," said the bishops.
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.
Faith and Justice: The goal of the White House order is laudable, but it remains to be seen how the bishops and the church will handle it.
Analysis: When President Barack Obama and Pope Francis sit down Thursday, the meeting may offer a vision of what could have been for Democrats and the Catholic church.
Column: The most interesting criticisms of Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation have come from libertarians closest to the views the pope denounced.
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.
Column: Washington's version of the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" is again showing in the theater that has become Congress.