Church and labor leaders, including Bishop Robert McElroy and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, discussed consumerism, workers' rights and other issues at the conference "Erroneous Autonomy: The Dignity of Work."
Divided we stand: “The political polarization is so extreme and comes from such deep, entrenched places that it’s no longer for the politicians to be leaders on dealing with it. ... It’s really up to we the people to do this work.”
Over his two terms, the president addressed his personal faith in prayer breakfasts and holiday statements and cited people of faith — and of no faith — on other occasions.
President Barack Obama has had successes and failures in calming the nation's culture wars.
NCR Today: Republicans, backed by Donald Trump, and Democrats alike appear determined to recognize Israeli expansionism and its annexation of lands seized by military force.
Distinctly Catholic: President Barack Obama got to thumb his nose at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fitting conclusion to a disastrous Mideast policy.
Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas aid agency, is leaving his ambassadorial post three years and three months after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis.
For diplomats from around the world, the Vatican is known as a prime "listening post," and what Hackett is listening to a lot these days are questions about what President-elect Donald Trump has in store.
Distinctly Catholic: USSCB's behavior regarding the announcement of its working group to promote advocacy for immigrants raises some suspicions about the conference's motivations.
John Glenn, a Presbyterian, said, "I pray every day. To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is, to me, impossible. It just strengthens my faith."
Distinctly Catholic: I share Francis' criticisms of neo-liberalism. But, as someone recently told me, "It aimed at a moral ideal. What will replace it might be very dark and dangerous."