Comprehensive immigration reform appears closer than ever after a bipartisan group of senators put forward a proposal that represents months of careful negotiation.
One U.S. Catholic bishop hailed the repeal of the death penalty in Maryland as "a courageous step toward a culture of life."
The comment, by Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, was issued Thursday, the day Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, signed the bill that repeals capital punishment.
"No public health consideration justifies the unsupervised sale of such drugs to young teens," the official said.
Amending the Constitution can be a long process. Just ask those who have been working for the Human Life Amendment since 1973.
The archdiocese of New York has dropped its legal demand for documents from White House staff related to the church's lawsuit against the government's insurance mandate for birth control coverage.
Column: Obama's heart may be on the left but his mind is barnacled on the right on several issues.
Some of the fiercest battles have been with religious organizations that have objected to the mandate as a violation of their teachings.
A day after the U.S. Senate failed to garner the support necessary to pass amendment to a gun control bill, the Catholic bishops joined others in voicing their disappointment that the high chamber rejected legislation that “builds a culture of life.”
The new proposal offers a 13-year path to full citizenship, but the doorway would not open until the U.S.-Mexico border was first declared secure.
The Senate voted down Wednesday numerous amendments to a gun control bill, but Newtown families vow "we will not be defeated."