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WASHINGTON — The divide within the Republican Party over immigration reform was on full view Monday, as top party leaders made a case for overhauling the laws even as conservative senators argued that the Boston bombings showed the need to go slow....
An old friend, a graduate of a Jesuit high school, called my attention to this story about the decision by McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, N.Y. , to allow two gay students to attend the school’s Junior Ball as a couple. My friend...
In voting to legalize same-sex marriage, Britain's House of Commons has proved that a tradition-conscious society can also adapt to social change. Enactment of the legislation, which is also expected to pass the House of Lords after some additional action...
In journalism, a “standing hed” is a headline that can be used over and over because the event it describes is recurring. My favorite standing hed is “Pope Prays for Peace,” but the New York Times this week had one that is becoming...
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration tried anew Friday to defuse controversy over a requirement in the healthcare law designed to broaden access to contraception, proposing new regulations to protect some religious organizations from having to cover...
Is President Obama guilty of a double standard when it comes to clergymen who condemn homosexuality? The Rev. Louie Giglio, an evangelical pastor active in the campaign against human trafficking, was supposed to deliver the benediction at Obama’s...
Congress avoided the fiscal cliff last week, but Republican lawmakers in the House still blew another crucial deadline. For the first time since the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, was passed in 1994, Congress failed to renew the law that is...
Henry Herx, who for more than 30 years prepared the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' movie ratings and wrote reviews that were distributed by the Catholic News Service, has died. He was 79. Herx died Wednesday at his home in Ramsey, N.J., of...
L.A. NOWThe Vatican on Friday named the bishop of Oakland, a leading opponent of gay marriage, as archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. The appointment of Salvatore J. Cordileone, 56, by Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to be......
Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who was accused by local prosecutors during his 15-year tenure as head of the Philadelphia archdiocese of ignoring sexual abuse of children by hundreds of priests, has died. He was 88. The Roman Catholic archdiocese...
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