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A Catholic case for same-sex marriage

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) It … Continued

Shariah 101: What is it and why do states want to ban it?

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday (July 24) approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, … Continued

Troubled Missouri diocese to pay $600,000 abuse settlement

The Catholic diocese in Missouri led by Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted last year of failing to report a … Continued

Cardinal Dolan and America’s troubled Catholic Church

Cardinal Timothy Dolan waves while processing through St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (Seth Wenig — … Continued

In defense of traditional marriage

Americans respect marriage, not only as a crucial institution of civil society but the fundamental building block of all human … Continued

For conservatives, a biblical imperitive for comprehensive immigration reform

As Congress now begins their 113th legislative session, they have many difficult and divisive issues to confront. The issue of … Continued

Voters exercise their liberty of conscience at the polls

AP Partygoers react as balloons fall at an Election Night party in Baltimore on Nov. 6, 2012, after voters passed … Continued

Polygamy may be hot, but in marriage three’s still a crowd

This week, in one of his first public statements since this past summer’s anti-gay-marriage remarks, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told … Continued

California bans ‘praying away the gay’ therapies

California became the first state to ban the use for minors of disputed therapies to “overcome” homosexuality, a step hailed … Continued

What’s next for Robert Finn, the first Catholic bishop convicted in sex abuse cover-up

Catholic Bishop Robert W. Finn was found guilty Thursday (Sept. 6) of failing to tell police about a priest suspected … Continued

Pennsylvania pastor and church charged in mock raid, kidnapping

HARRISBURG, Pa. — It was supposed to be a realistic lesson on the dangers missionaries sometimes face overseas. But after … Continued

Monsignor William Lynn sentenced to 3-6 years for Catholic sex abuse cover-up

Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic official convicted for covering up the sexual abuse of children, was sentenced … Continued

What Rev. William Lynn’s conviction means for the Catholic Church

Alex Brandon AP Monsignor William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center, in Philadelphia on March 27, 2012. What, if anything, … Continued

Analysis: Bishops’ accountability still missing from abuse scandal

As the nation’s Catholic bishops mark 10 years since they adopted sweeping reforms to address the sexual abuse of children … Continued

Black preachers divided on same-sex marriage, not Obama

WASHINGTON — The 200 or so African-American pastors gathered here for the Conference of National Black Churches feel strongly about … Continued

‘Old Catholics’ embrace new movements

Archbishop Michael Seneco, of Washington, D.C., is a gay man who plans to marry his longtime partner in September. Bishop … Continued

Vatican official calls for stronger protection for conscientious objection

VATICAN CITY — A senior Vatican official on Tuesday (April 17) called for stronger protection for conscientious objection for both … Continued

Cardinal says bishops must ‘cooperate’ with police on abuse

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s doctrinal chief on Monday (Feb. 6) told Catholic bishops from all over the world that … Continued

Correction: Study says U.S. Muslims don’t want Shariah, either

North American Muslims are more than satisfied with the secular legal system and do not want a set of parallel … Continued

Using the Holocaust, again

BAZ RATNER REUTERS Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators look at a boy (low L) wearing a cloth cap and a yellow Star … Continued