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Pope Francis is Neither ‘Liberal’ nor ‘Conservative’ — He’s Catholic

While Pope Francis’s ideas may be “liberal” in a secular American political context, they are anything but liberal in a Catholic context.

Sen. Marco Rubio: Prayer in Congress proves freedom of religion

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) (Alex Wong/Getty Images) QUOTE OF THE DAY | “Prayer has been a hallmark of not just … Continued

On July 4th, cherishing precious religious freedom

Americans manifested staggering rudeness and aggression during a public gathering with the local Muslim community on June 4 in Tennessee. … Continued

Religious freedom is not a ‘second-class right’

A rosary is held in the hand of a walker during a “Rosary Walk” rally supporting religious freedom. Over 100 … Continued

Buddhist nun professors or none?

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks during a public discourse. (B MATHUR/REUTERS ) Buddhist women are celebrating a … Continued

Still waiting for Obama to act

As I ran down to the White House with other Washington, D.C. college students to celebrate President Obama’s re-election in … Continued

Amid Mideast tensions, reject all voices of extremism

AP Protestors face-off against riot police officers guarding the U.S. embassy in Tunis on Sept. 14, 2012. This is a … Continued

Fortnight for Freedom: In Catholic campaign, what does freedom mean?

TAMI CHAPPELL REUTERS Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan holds up a foam finger promoting “A Fortnight for Freedom” conference … Continued

‘Radicalization’ hearings on Muslim return to Capitol

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers split along party lines at a hearing Wednesday (June 20) meant to gauge Muslim responses to … Continued

Whatever happened to the religious right?

Juana Arias JUANA ARIAS Ralph Reed and Pat Robertson speak at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 9/16/94, for the Road to … Continued

Religious freedom and contraception case headed to Supreme Court?

Andrew Medichin AP Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, is congratulated by two prelates after being elevated in St. … Continued

In an apparent bid to add an erudite contribution to our public discourse, Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student … Continued

It’s not just Santorum who believes in Satan

For many, Rick Santorum is a living, breathing, head-scratching, eyebrow-raising quote machine. In just a week, he can raise the … Continued

Petition seeks to boot Kansas lawmaker Mike O’Neal in Psalm flap

Thousands of Kansans have signed a petition calling for the resignation of a top state lawmaker who, referring to President … Continued

Rethink, not reload

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Shooting underscores need for civility

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Collective guilt? It’s not just for Muslims, Sarah

Now we’re getting somewhere. The real issues in religion and politics are getting clearer. Here’s an important one: either there … Continued

Tucson: time to wake up and tone down

By Sr. Mary Ann Walsh Spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops The violence in Tucson is one more … Continued

The morals of Mammon

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

Time to ditch the label “politically correct”

As an early new year’s resolution, I am vowing to retire the term “politically correct” from my writing. We all … Continued