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Religious freedom isn’t just an American value

The religious pluralism that now prevails in the United States took hundreds of years to emerge, and it is still tested by bigotry and discrimination.

Report: ‘Catholic McCarthyism’ threatens bishops’ anti-poverty push

Conservative activists are threatening the social justice mission of the Catholic Church just when the country needs it most, a … Continued

Watch: National Prayer Breakfast 2013 live

The annual National Prayer Breakfast was held Thursday morning at the Hilton Washington International Ballroom in Washington, D.C. The annual … Continued

Why pro-life Catholics and evangelicals part ways on guns

George Frey BLOOMBERG A semi-automatic assault rifle made by Bushmaster Firearms International LLC, third from bottom, is displayed for sale … Continued

Romney contrasts, Obama attacks; who is more presidential?

AP President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney discuss a point during the third presidential debate at Lynn University … Continued

Romney vs. Obama and Crowley

GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama talk to each other during a town hall style debate … Continued

Will Biden-Ryan debate be a ‘Catholic smackdown’?

When Joe Biden and Paul Ryan face off in the vice-presidential debate on Thursday night (Oct. 11), it will mark … Continued

Pollster: Romney’s Israel trip will have little effect on Jewish vote

WASHINGTON — Neither Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel Saturday (July 28) nor President Obama’s Middle East policies will have much … Continued

Boehner: ‘

“Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love … Continued

Grandiose claims about God poison the common good

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Poor memory? Hard to say. I’m just glad I don’t remember details of my college road trips … Continued

Grandma or the economy?

BRIAN SNYDER REUTERS Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks to the Hispanic Leadership Network in Miami, … Continued

Obama’s prayer breakfast and the still small voice of the Religious Left

View Photo Gallery: Scenes of religious faith meeting politics in the 2012 campaign. Remember that young phenom who “rocked” the 2004 … Continued

Charity doesn’t require religion

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

Poverty is a faith issue

By The Rev. Chuck Currie “Woe to him who builds his house on unrighteousness, and his upper room by injustice, … Continued

Call it karma

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

O’Donnell: “Regardless of my faith. . . it is the Constitution I will defend”

By Elizabeth Tenety Delaware Senate candidates Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons debated Wednesday at an event moderated by Delaware First … Continued

Protesting the future or voting Catholic values?

The United States bishops have called for a new social contract in a time of globalization. While it would be … Continued

What people of faith and conscience must do about immigration reform

By Peter Morales The distance from the small Guatemalan city of Rabinal to the Mayan village of Plan de Sánchez … Continued

Cleric’s Defiance a Breach of Faith?

ISLAM AND THE WEST By Daniel Brumberg According to the constitution, everything in the country is determined by people’s vote. … Continued

Who Are You Calling A Religious Centrist?

Blogs and other media outlets have recently been buzzing with stories about “rifts” on the religious left. There is some … Continued