Chaput slams Trump’s “belligerent bombast” on immigration

The Archbishop of Philadelphia delivered these remarks last night: Immigration can be a tough issue. At least one of our presidential candidates has already made the national immigration debate ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast. His success in the polls shows that many people – including many good people – are very uneasy about the direction of [Read More...]

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The Anti-Trump

It occurred to me the other day that these men represent two sides of the same coin: populist, unscripted, wildly unpredictable. Each, in his way, has turned part of the world upside down; each brings to his job a head-turning—sometimes, jaw-dropping—authenticity. Each has a penchant for breaking the rules. These guys define what it means to be [Read More...]

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Trump: “I’m going to have to scare the Pope…

He offered some wisdom to CNN yesterday:  Donald Trump has revealed he would warn the Pope that ISIS were out to get him if they meet next month. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Chris Cuomo asked the billionaire businessman what he would say in to Pope Francis if he came face-to face with him during [Read More...]

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“You worship idols”: haters slam Texas governor over Facebook post about the Virgin Mary

Further proof that anti-Catholicism is alive and well: Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) got a lesson in religious tolerance over the weekend after posting an image of the Virgin Mary accompanied by praise on his Facebook page, according to the San Antonio Express-News. On Saturday the governor, who is Catholic, posted an image of the mother of [Read More...]

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Is John Kasich the GOP’s Pope Francis?

Time magazine thinks so: At times during the first GOP debate on Thursday night, it was hard to tell who was talking: Pope Francis or Ohio Governor John Kasich. “We need to give everybody a chance, treat everybody with respect, and let them share in this great American dream that we have,” the second-term governor, an [Read More...]

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Chris Christie: “I’ve used birth control”

From Philly.com, the governor of New Jersey seems intent on giving Donald Trump a run for his money when it comes to speaking his mind about, well, everything: Gov. Christie on Tuesday reflected on his Catholic faith and told diners at a New Hampshire restaurant that he had used birth control, against the teaching of [Read More...]

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“Rethinking the script on abortion”

The New York Times takes notice:  Rick Perry’s voice softens when he talks about the joy he gets from looking at his iPad and seeing “that 20-week picture of my first grandbaby.” Marco Rubio says ultrasounds of his sons and daughters reinforced how “they were children — and they were our children.” Rand Paul recalls [Read More...]

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Gallup reports 93% of Americans would vote for a Catholic, 58% for an atheist

View image | gettyimages.com Socialists, however, don’t fare as well. Details, from Politoco:  Americans say they are more likely to support an atheist than a socialist for president next year, according to the latest Gallup survey, released Monday. Just 47 percent of Americans would vote for a socialist if their party nominated one, while 50 percent [Read More...]

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Jeb to Evangelicals: “The blessed sacraments give me great comfort”

From The Daily Beast:  Evangelicals aren’t typically the target audience for Roman Catholic theology talk. Low-church Protestants from the Bible Belt have historically been hostile to Catholicism, even sometimes fearing that Catholics’ devotion to the pope will lead to one-world government, and that their political clout in the United States presages the end times. So it was [Read More...]

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President Obama: “Every human being, made in the image of God, deserves to live in dignity”

View image | gettyimages.com From the transcript of his remarks today to the Catholic Health Association:  My first job in Chicago when I moved after college to work as a community organizer — my first job was funded by the Campaign for Human Development, an anti-poverty initiative of the Catholic Church.  And my first office was [Read More...]

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