Amy Coney Barrett, controversial Catholic, re-emerges as potential Supreme Court pick

Federal appellate Judge Amy Coney Barrett is emerging as a likely nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, reawakening a debate over Barrett's views on law and religion.


National Catholic Prayer Breakfast award for Barr divides Catholics

Prayer breakfasts are generally not controversial events in the Catholic world. They are called to celebrate high school graduations, just to network and get together for a morning meal and prayer. Not so this year's National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington. The 16th annual gathering is dividing Catholics along partisan lines because it will honor President Trump's attorney general, William Barr, a little more than a month before the November election.

Head of Federal Election Commission calls separation of church and state a 'fallacy' and 2020 election a 'spiritual war'

The head of the Federal Election Commission chastised Catholic bishops during a pair of interviews this week, accusing church hierarchy of "hiding behind" their nonprofit status and declaring that this year's U.S. election amounts to a "spiritual war" that threatens the country's "Christian moral principles."

Trial of Catholic lay leader highlights gaps in church's sex abuse oversight

The sexual abuse trial of Piero Alfio Capuana, the lay leader of the 5,000-member Catholic Culture and Environment Association, began in this small Sicilian city on Sept. 15, three years after the abuse allegedly took place.