The 5-4 decision in favor of the any-prayer-goes policy in the town of Greece, N.Y., avoided two alternatives that the justices clearly found abhorrent.
Faith and Justice: Religious progressives have been the neglected stepsister to her big brother, the religious right. But their time is coming.
"We have to stop executions until there's been a full investigation, independent investigation and full transparency," one lawyer said.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta pledged to restrict the presence of guns in Catholic institutions in response to a new Georgia law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry arms into schools, churches and other locales.
Set to take effect July 1, the law was opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference.
Writing in his column in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta archdiocese, the archbishop said he regrets the enactment of the new law "more than I can possibly express."
Commentary: When politicians like Paul Ryan oppose modest efforts to raise a federal minimum wage, charity is not enough to fill the gap created by the economy.
When modern economic markets and Catholic social justice teaching are taken into consideration, any talk of a "minimum" wage becomes a moral understatement.
Nestled in the fine print of the Affordable Care Act is a clause that allows people of certain religions to seek an exemption from the requirement to carry health insurance or pay a fine.
The clause applies only to denominations that run their own "mutual aid" system of spreading the cost of health care across the community.
That's how the Amish -- and to a lesser extent, Mennonites -- traditionally handled health expenses.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled April 17 that adjunct professors at Seattle University have a right to form a union and the Jesuit school is not exempt from the board's jurisdiction based on religious freedom protections under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The university received the decision Thursday.
Commentary: As two Catholics sometimes pigeonholed as liberal and conservative but who love our church in equal measure, we're grateful for this moment in church history.
I sometimes ask myself: “What was the war all about?” Yes, it was about Vietnamese nationalism and independence. Yes, our country was afraid of the “spreading Communist menace,” the “falling dominos.” Vietnam today has its problems. But at least the Vietnamese make their own decisions.keep thinking: If only we could have lost the war sooner. How many lives might have been saved?