The 115th Congress convenes: The United States Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center.
Distinctly Catholic: Having one party in control of both the legislative and executive branches is not an oddity, but two things are different this year.
NCR Today: Those who are concerned about the results of this election need to consider involving themselves in the political process starting at the local level.
Distinctly Catholic: Looking ahead to 2017, thinking about what stories will emerge, may seem like a fool's errand, but I will point out some key issues we'll be covering.
NCR Today: Muslims discuss fears and hopes for the future under a Trump presidency on the "Interfaith Voices" radio program.
Postelection messages from Catholic leaders: Bishops across the country are encouraging parishioners to put aside their differences and work for the common good as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepared for his Jan. 20 inauguration.
Obama administration ends the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS): In late December, weeks before his administration comes to a close, Obama announced that the program was ending under his watch. Catholic organizations and other faith groups say they are happy with the Obama administration's last-minute decision to end a type of national Muslim registry.
Catholic organizations and dioceses file lawsuit: The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit Dec. 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that redefines "sex" for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.The regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services requires that Catholic hospitals and health care providers perform or provide gender transition services, hormonal treatments and counseling as well as a host of surgeries that would remove or transform the sexual organs of men or women transitioning to the other gender. The HHS regulation requires group health plans to cover these procedures and services.
Distinctly Catholic: Amid a divided church and a divided polity, look to Cardinals Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin to increasingly drive the hierarchy's message in the public square.
We say: We owe it to ourselves to take control of what we can within our own homes and on the screens of the increasing numbers of devices we consult constantly.