Distinctly Catholic: Politics is about the admixture of ideals, relationships and power, and Obama seemed incapable of sorting out the mix.
Baroness Nuala O'Loan, a Catholic peer in the British House of Commons, told NCR she was concerned by the number of multiple killings in the U.S. "facilitated by the easy access to guns."
Viewpoint: How many days of 2015 were there no police shootings of unarmed men, women and children? How do we build the "world house" King once envisioned?
College round-up: In a top 10 list of Catholic colleges and universities for 2017, University of Notre Dame topped the list, scoring 25th in the nation overall.
The Peace Pulpit: Pope Francis said that we really do have to be a church that reaches out to people who feel pushed away, and draw them back.
Retired Archbishop Patrick Flores, 87, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure Jan. 9 at Padua Place Residence for retired priests in San Antonio.
Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, the former president and chancellor of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, died Jan. 7. He was 85.
Over his two terms, the president addressed his personal faith in prayer breakfasts and holiday statements and cited people of faith — and of no faith — on other occasions.
President Barack Obama has had successes and failures in calming the nation's culture wars.
Jesuit Father Joseph Fitzmyer passed away Dec. 24: Fitzmyer, who was born in Philadelphia in 1920 and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1951, is well known for his contributions to the Anchor Bible Series and for co-editing "The Jerome Biblical Commentary."