US Politics

Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden walks with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in downtown Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Kevin Clarke June 06, 2019
The campaign said Mr. Biden supports ending the Mexico City rule but backs the Hyde Amendment—for now.
The Editors June 05, 2019
In the past, a gun massacre would set off a necessary—though intractable—debate over gun control. This time, our collective feeling seemed to be: At least it was not children.
President Donald Trump speaks at the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala, on June 2, in Washington. Mr. Trump’s approval ratings among U.S. Catholics closely mirror those among all U.S. voters—but there are major differences between white and Hispanic Catholics.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Robert David Sullivan June 04, 2019
Recent polls put U.S. Catholics squarely in the middle of the political spectrum (with a majority saying they will not support President Trump in 2020), but there are major differences between white and Hispanic Catholics.
On May 31, the California state senate passed a bill requiring priests to report anything they heard in the sacrament of confession from priests or colleagues relating to sex abuse. The bill passed with a 30-4 vote, with 4 senators not voting at all. Catholic clergy and survivor groups have clashed
A woman plays with her 1-year-old son at Our Lady's Inn maternity home in St. Louis. African-American women suffer rates of maternity-related mortality three times higher than white women. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)
Kevin Clarke May 31, 2019
Income is perhaps the unifying indicator of health care in crisis across all the margins of America—a reliable predictor of poor health outcomes from inadequate treatment for common illnesses—leading to the final measure of all: substantially lower life expectancy.
Protestors gather outside the Senate Chamber prior to a vote on the death penalty at the State House in Concord, N.H., Thursday, May 30, 2019. New Hampshire, which hasn't executed anyone in 80 years and has only one inmate on death row, on Thursday became the latest state to abolish the death penalty when the state Senate voted to override the governor's veto. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
“Today’s repeal is a major step toward building a culture that unconditionally protects the dignity of life, and is yet more evidence that the death penalty is falling out of favor with the American public,” said Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, executive director of Catholic Mobilizing Network, in a