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The Supreme Court and the Establishment Clause: Is prayer at public meetings OK?

As we wait for the Supreme Court to hand down what could become landmark decisions on civil rights (Shelby County v. Holder), affirmative action (Fisher v. University of Texas) and…

Paul Ryan, Pope Francis disagree on how to help poor

What do Pope Francis I and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) have in common? Both consider themselves to be devout Catholics, and neither was elected Vice President of the United States…

Terrorists will fail at warfare on American psyche

A group of settlers fleeing persecution hit Plymouth Rock almost 400 years ago. Over time, their descendants and the immigrants who joined them defeated King George III’s political oppression, migrated…

Don’t expect social policy breakthroughs with Pope Francis

After just the second day in conclave, cardinals of the Roman Catholic Chuch elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina — the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and a Jesuit — as…

Poll: Less than majority of US Catholics cite abuse as church’s biggest problem

While the Roman Catholic Church has its share of travails, no doubt the scandals involving child sexual abuse continue to weigh most heavily on the church. The scandals, now going strong…

Selection of next pope also carries weight for non-Catholics

Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement of his resignation Monday is a rather big deal -- as Vice President and Catholic Joe Biden might say. Obviously this is an important moment for Catholicism,…

Pope Benedict XVI resigns, sets high standard for Lent

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation early Monday morning, citing deteriorating health "to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to…

Hobby Lobby defies court after losing emergency appeal

The company will now pay $1.3 million a day in fines. …

Supreme Court to decide two same-sex marriage cases

By Ryan Blodgett The Supreme Court agreed Friday afternoon to hear two cases to determine the constitutionality of two laws: the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California Proposition…

GOP love affair with Israel not about convincing Jewish voters

All the talk on Israel isn't for Jewish voters — it's for Christian Evangelicals. …

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