House members voted Tuesday to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber on Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress.
Two concepts deeply embedded in Catholic social teaching -- solidarity and subsidiarity -- are often viewed as separate strains of the tradition and even in opposition to one another when applied in the context of today's polarized politics.
Solidarity is seen as the portion of teaching with a communitarian emphasis and inclination toward large, society-wide solutions. Subsidiarity, on the other hand, is popularly understood as inclining toward the individualist, let-the-locals-take-care-of-things end of the scale.
Latinos, one of the fastest-growing demographics in the United States, have a message for politicians: We're not apathetic. We're unconvinced.
The Boy Scouts of America ended its national ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees on Monday while allowing local religious units to continue to exclude gay adults.
Meeting by conference call, 79 percent of the BSA's national executive board members favored the resolution ratified earlier this month by its executive committee.
The policy change represents the end of a long and bitter struggle over whether to accept gay members that began more than two years ago when it allowed gay youths to participate, but not adults.
The ruling has led to questions whether the federal government will appeal and how immigration officials will comply.
"As the largest association of Catholic priests in the United States, we endorse the bishops' stance," said the chair of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.
In a filing Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Little Sisters of the Poor have asked the court for relief from being forced to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate or face heavy fines.
The sisters are being asked to choose between adhering to their Catholic faith -- which prohibits them from providing contraceptives -- and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor, said Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the order.
Faith and Justice: No public policy is perfect. There is always something wrong with it. We live in an imperfect world.
Eco Catholic: Voters in several swing states agree with Pope Francis' call for global action to address climate change, but aren't sold on it as an issue of morality.
Rowan County's clerk prayed and fasted over her decision to refuse marriage licenses for same-sex couples, she testified in federal court, and she said believes she is upholding her oath under the Constitution.
Clerk Kim Davis' refusal to provide licenses has drawn wide attention after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that marriage is a fundamental right for all couples. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear ordered clerks to comply with the decision.
"It wasn't just a spur-of-the-moment decision," Davis said. "It was thought out, and I sought God on it."