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Catholic challenger to Mitch McConnell is inspired by her faith

"Let's put the political games aside": In a Q&A with NCR, Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath explains she sees her Senate campaign as about corruption in Washington, not about abortion or the Supreme Court nominee.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Gabby contemplates the greats.

Links for 9/29/20

A round-up of political news and commentary (and sometimes music): All about Judge Amy Coney Barrett; what the Democrats should not do; two bishops join up to write about systemic racism; Mayflower II; feast of the archangels

Tracking energy use in the Chicago Archdiocese, one meter at a time

Utilities are one of the three major costs a typical parish or school faces, and benchmarking energy use can identify ways to be more efficient — important, too, as research indicates that as much as 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Chicagoland region come from powering its buildings.

Trump's legacy may be unintended consequences

Commentary: President Donald Trump is a threat to the republic and its democratic institutions on multiple levels. At the base of all the current turmoil lie perennial questions that have to do with moral authority and spiritual integrity.

Looking back and moving forward

Grace on the Margins: Twelve years ago, I wrote my first column in NCR. As I move on to a new position in activism, I'm grateful for my devoted readers through those years.

Angels watching over me

Pencil Preaching for Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Catholic officials urge Congress, Trump to adopt new COVID-19 aid bill

Top officials at seven nationwide Catholic organizations called on congressional leaders and President Donald Trump to unite behind a new legislative package to "address the public health and economic crisis facing our country and the global community" caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barrett's Supreme Court nomination gives spotlight to Notre Dame Law School

If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she will be the first Notre Dame Law School graduate to sit on the bench of the nation's highest court and the only sitting justice with a law degree not from Harvard or Yale.

Amy Coney Barrett's religion is important but irrelevant

A conservative Catholic, Barrett was nominated to the court by President Donald Trump on Sept. 26 to fill the seat vacated on the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Some who oppose Barrett's appointment argue that her beliefs will influence how she decides cases before the court.