Column: Owing to faction politics, we have in Congress a Progressive Caucus, Black Caucus, Human Rights Caucus and, hatched recently, the Chicken Caucus.
Commentary: Feeling anxious about your tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year.
Faith and Justice: If you expect polite, scholarly presentations and debate in the controversial Hobby Lobby case, go somewhere else.
An app is now available that provides real-time alerts for every reported U.S. drone strike.
Just Catholic: Can hot-button topics be discussed rationally, or have media and the blogosphere dragged everybody into an unending screaming match?
Two Catholic leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reform rigid sentencing policies for certain nonviolent drug offenders.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to consider preliminary appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic groups against the federal contraceptive mandate "means that the cases will proceed, without prejudice, in the lower federal court," according to Priests for Life.
Besides Priests for Life, the groups include the Washington archdiocese, The Catholic University of America, and Thomas Aquinas College.
Their cases are currently in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
"The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people."
Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said he was surprised at West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have prohibited nonmedical crisis abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization.
Tomblin vetoed the bill late Friday.
"I am very surprised by Gov. Tomblin's veto of the Pain-Capable Act," the bishop said. "For most West Virginians, this is bitter news, especially on the heels of the governor's use of his ability to veto budgeted items to cut benefits to poor children and families in West Virginia."
Pope Francis met Monday with members of the Green family, the billionaires whose company, Hobby Lobby, took their challenge to Obama's contraception mandate to the Supreme Court.