Distinctly Catholic: Let’s look ahead to 2016 and anticipate what the new year will bring, starting with politics.
Citing strong economic growth, the Federal Reserve voted to raise interest rates last week, but various data points show that growth does not benefit all segments of society.
Commentary: Confronted with the threat of terrorism, political fear mongering and the disorienting din of a 24-hour news cycle, the Christian path is hopeful, but a harder journey.
Unanswered questions remain about the legal implications of June's Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, but analysts agree religious institutions face big challenges in the months and years to come.
Nebraska is unlikely to be able to carry out lethal injections even if the voters decide on the November ballot to override the legislature’s decision to repeal the death penalty.
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.