Catholics differ at “war on poverty” hearing

WASHINGTON (RNS) At a House Budget committee hearing on Wednesday (July 31), the two prominent Catholics — Rep. Paul Ryan, R. Wis., and Sister Simone Campbell — had a chance to square off as the sister testified before Ryan’s committee about hardship in America as the nation nears the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty.”

David Baker of Washington, a 24-year-old native of Salt Lake City, stood outside the Supreme Court Tuesday (June 25) hoping for a decision in support of gay marriage. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Reactions to gay marriage wins at Supreme Court

It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t have a strong opinion about today’s double wins for gay marriage rights at the Supreme Court. Here is reaction from religious leaders who rejoice at the decisions, and from others disappointed in the court’s action. We also hear from the religiously unaffiliated.