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Latinos move towards pope, church and Democrats

Riccardo De Luca/AP — Pope Francis waves as he arrives Wednesday for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square … Continued

Can a Hebrew charter school teach the language but not the faith?

WASHINGTON — What’s one way to ensure that a new Hebrew-immersion public charter school isn’t a Jewish school? Hire a … Continued

Dwindling Catholic schools see future in Latino students

LOS ANGELES — Martha Rodriguez always thought Catholic school was expensive and out of reach — not a place for … Continued

In Texas schools, failing grade for Bible courses

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the devotional use of the Bible by public schools, … Continued

Religious agencies and birth control

The Obama administration is about to draw a bright red line challenging Catholicism over what constitutes “religious activity.” Normally this … Continued

Atheist group’s frivolous lawsuit aims to bar ‘cross’ from 9/11 museum

CHIP EAST REUTERS The World Trade Center Cross, made of intersecting steel beams found in the rubble of buildings destroyed … Continued

Many charter schools continue to defy church-state separation

More than 1.5 million American children now attend charter schools, thanks to a movement asserting that whatever is wrong with … Continued

Fourth of July Honor Roll: Champions of American Secularism

The founders were not atheists.

Public charter schools culturally divisive, academically dubious

A federal district court judge in Idaho dealt a significant blow to the religious right last week by ruling that … Continued

Predictions for 2010

Here are ten predictions with a Catholic America twist for 2010. 1. The changes in the liturgy will upset the … Continued

DC Archbishop Goes on the Offensive on Gay Marriage

By Jacqueline L. Salmon He isn’t as polarizing as Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino, but Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., … Continued

Challenging Religion in Schools

By Jacqueline L. Salmon Controversy is raging in several communities as charter schools and public school programs based on various … Continued

The Natural Solution to Church-State Separation

Many commentaries on President Obama’s new policy for faith-based initiatives seem to flounder on the same issue: How can something … Continued

Will Obama Save Catholic Schools?

One of the quirks of President Obama is that he appears liberal, but is strikingly pragmatic. This idiosyncrasy may benefit … Continued

Secularism: The New Taboo

What secular ideas? The very word “secular” has been demonized and written out of America’s acceptable political vocabulary. The Republican … Continued