American women and hijabs: Assaults or intimidation of Muslims had been steadily rising well before the election but they became more common during the divisive campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, who called for a ban on Muslim immigrants and proposed a registry for U.S. Muslims. Now some imams across the country are saying it’s OK to take the hijab off, at least temporarily.
Rex Tillerson: Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, has come under fire for his friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin — who is suspected of trying to tip the election to Trump — his lack of diplomatic experience, and the fact that he is a corporate bigwig who champions fossil fuels even as the threat of global warming grows.But Tillerson, whose nomination was announced Tuesday, Dec. 13, may also face criticism from an unexpected quarter — social conservatives whose support was critical to Trump’s unexpected election last month.
Editorial: We are called to be a people of faith, but to continue to rely on divine intervention to escape nuclear disaster is an abuse of that faith.
Abortion laws in Ohio: The Ohio Legislature has sent two abortion bills to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. On Dec. 8, lawmakers passed a measure to ban abortions in the state after 20 weeks, or five months of pregnancy. On Dec. 6, they approved legislation that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually at about the sixth week of pregnancy.
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.