Religious Freedom Day is Jan. 16. As Jefferson’s statute proclaimed, religious freedom is among the “natural rights of mankind.” Yet still, billions of people abroad routinely are denied this liberty.
Commentary: What is an authentically Catholic response to the Black Lives Matter movement, mass incarceration, abuse of police power and de-facto segregation in many public schools and communities?
Commentary: 2015 may be seen as the year that many whites were introduced to the precariousness of black life in America, thanks to the work of Black Lives Matter.
Commentary: Confronted with the threat of terrorism, political fear mongering and the disorienting din of a 24-hour news cycle, the Christian path is hopeful, but a harder journey.
Our broader culture is now so disconnected -- both from the lives of habited nuns and from the concept of hunting -- this story was simply bound to take off.
Commentary: All eyes are on Speaker Paul Ryan, a politician who has been unusually candid about the way his Catholic faith influences his policy proposals and philosophy of government.
Commentary: Francis could do something meaningful about child sexual abuse — change canon law by abolishing the pontifical secret over allegations of the sexual abuse of children by clergy and religious.
Commentary: The synod on the family should begin with a proclamation of the Good News to the poor, with God’s simple invitation repeated again to everyone -- come and eat.
Commentary: Bishop Michael Bransfield's response to Pope Francis' encyclical seems less informed by the pope's pastoral statements than by coal industry talking points.
Americans of all stripes bemoan political polarization. For people who claim to derive their political values from their religious traditions, polarization raises vexing questions. More than perhaps any other group, faithful Catholics struggle to reconcile their church's teachings with the platforms of the two major parties.