FROM Stephen Schneck
The Liberal Pope? Pope Francis has stunned the laity and clerical leaders by saying that the Roman Catholic Church is "obsessed" by abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception. But church doctrine remains the same. The Pope made his remarks in an extensive interview published by 16 Jesuit journals around the world -- with his editorial approval. Stephen Schneck is Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America.
Contraception, Religion and Presidential Politics President Obama said today he won't back down on the new rule that insurance plans – even at religious institutions -- provide free contraceptives to all women employees for family planning, prevention of cancer and other medical needs. But he recognized the objections of religious institutions and offered this olive branch , saying that those institutions won't have to pay. Will that satisfy Catholic Bishops, Christian conservatives or his Republican opposition? We hear the details of today's compromise and hear why contraception is needed for medical reasons beyond family planning. Why hasn't there been an outcry against states with similar and even tougher requirements? Is it about politics as well as religion?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?