Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis
Reports from bishops' conferences in Germany and Switzerland show a divergence between what the church teaches on marriage, sexuality and family life and what Catholics personally believe.
Pope Francis so far has been mostly mum on the topic of abortion, choosing instead to center the issue around the bigger picture of social justice.
I've been in a lot of public demonstrations in my life, but my very first was in support of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. It was a large rally in downtown Pittsburgh, where I was teaching at the time.
And I actually remember the speech President Johnson gave announcing the War on Poverty in 1964. I cheered his words, and Congress at the time applauded loudly. But I have to wonder how our Congress today would react to those same words. A few cheers, perhaps, but many would be stone-cold silent.
Column: The gap between rich and poor in this country is widening, but it's not just about income. Are you living in a bubble?
We say: For her efforts to shed the light on clergy sex abuse, Jennifer Haselberger is NCR's person of the year for 2013.
Amid the scramble to gather new data ahead of next October's synod on the family, a question arises: Will the Vatican take into account outside research?
Column: Passing the farm bill, approving a budget, and enacting comprehensive immigration reform have topped the agenda for Congress and Catholics this year.