Distinctly Catholic: Last night’s Fearfest in Las Vegas was the most interesting and, in its way, substantive Republican debate so far.
NCR Today: The idea of specifically barring Muslims "fractures the very foundation of morality on which we stand," said Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron.
By this time next year, the American people will have selected a new president. Only once in the 20th century was a two-term incumbent president succeeded by someone from his own party: In 1988, George H.W. Bush captured the White House after Ronald Reagan's two terms. So, if history is any guide, 2016 should be a good year for the Republicans, except that the current crop of GOP contenders are all trying to out-crazy each other.
NCR Today: Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Dec. 4 Nebraska will no longer try to import drugs to carry out lethal injections, instead opting to review protocol changes to capital punishment.
The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland have described as "profoundly disquieting" a High Court ruling that the region's ban on abortion in all, very limited circumstances breaches human rights legislation.
New Jersey's Catholic bishops have weighed in on a growing concern over a new health insurance plan introduced by the state's largest insurer, saying they were "disappointed" all but one Catholic hospital was being excluded from preferred access.
"Over the years, we had considered Horizon to be a partner in delivering health services even to the vulnerable populations we serve," the bishops' letter said. "With the rollout of the Horizon OMNIA Alliance, that partnership seems to be a memory."
Book Review: Capitalism is a system, manmade and mutable. There is no godlike "free hand" ready to save the day if only the government would butt out and ax its rules and regulations.
NCR asked pollsters, organization leaders and other experts about which way the "Catholic vote" will go in 2016 -- and some said no such thing exists.
Faith and Justice: The USCCB approved an amended version of "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." I asked a number of theologians, what should the USCCB do next time?