Distinctly Catholic: Many Democrats think that the filibuster is the only thing standing between them and certain defeat on issues that they care about in the next four years.
The milestone of a first female president awaits another woman. But the past year has shown the challenge of addressing sexist subtleties that underlie how society perceives women of power.
Energy Transfer Partners is denied permission to dig under the river near the Sioux reservation, halting a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the environmental impact is investigated.
"My concern a little bit is that, should the new president come, it may be even more of a circus," said Notre Dame's president, Fr. John Jenkins.
Supreme Court: The Supreme Court agreed Dec. 2 to hear arguments about church hospital pension disputes over whether religious hospitals and schools can be exempt from complying with federal laws covering employee pension benefits. Lower courts have ruled against three hospital systems, two of which are Catholic, that have claimed an exemption from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
Faith and Justice: The struggle between activists for gay rights and religious freedom has been presented as a zero-sum game where no compromise is possible.
NCR Today: I was at meeting this week where black people outnumbered white people — seven to four. It was the first time I'd seen everyone since the election.
Despite support in rural and suburban areas, the head of the far-right, xenophobic National Front faces more challenges than Trump or Brexit — including her even more extremist niece.
Over 70 presidents at Catholic institutions have pledged their support for students attending their schools who are legally protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Viewpoint: The church must do more to build a comprehensive theory on the evils of gun violence, in much the way that the U.S. bishops built a theory on the evils of nuclear weapons.