Vice President Joseph Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner received the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal at the commencement ceremony on May 15.
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Commentary: Former House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden will share the oldest, most prestigious honor awarded to an American Catholic at the University of Notre Dame.
Harsh criticisms meted out by Pope Francis on free-market capitalism have sparked backlash from some fiscal conservatives and have led some people to call him "anti-capitalist" or even Marxist.
Ahead of his apostolic visit to the United States in September, some are bracing themselves for more criticisms from the pope, this time directed specifically at the U.S. culture and economy.
Fr. Virgilio Elizondo has been accused of abusing a boy more than 30 years ago in a lawsuit filed against him, the San Antonio archdiocese and a former priest.
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its previous ruling and review -- in light of the June Hobby Lobby decision -- whether the University of Notre Dame must pay for coverage of contraceptives in employee and student health insurance plans.
The Supreme Court on June 30 said Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which also sued, need not comply with a federal mandate to include a full range of contraceptives in employee health insurance.
Appreciation: These two priests were astonishingly gifted leaders who transformed the wider American church from the perch of their beloved Notre Dame.
Appreciation: Holy Cross Fr. Ted Hesburgh was as close to a saint as anyone I have ever known.
To some, he was an important mentor. To others, a respected and admired leader, colleague and friend. To all, he left a deep and lasting impression.
Fr. Richard McBrien, a scholar of distinction as well as a popular interpreter of the Catholic church to the wider world, died early Sunday morning. He was 78.
The decision by a Jesuit university in Nebraska to provide benefits to spouses of gay employees has prompted a strong protest from the local archbishop, the latest skirmish in a battle that seems likely to widen as gay marriage becomes more common.
Jesuit Fr. Timothy Lannon, president of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., said the Catholic school would recognize the spouses of gay employees married in states where same-sex marriage is legal. Those spouses would be eligible to join the university's health plan.