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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Are most Catholic priests Republican?

View image | gettyimages.com That would seen to be the main conclusion of this intriguing chart, designed by Verdant Labs, to try and map out the political leanings of various professions, including the clergy. The Acton Institute, however, isn’t so sure: To determine the political leanings, Verdant used the data from the Federal Election Commission [Read More...]

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Meet the gay Republican former seminarian running for mayor

This sentence has to win the prize for Best Lede of the Day: Salvatore “Sal” Circosta is Catholic, politically conservative, gay and running for mayor. The story, from MassLive.com goes on to describe the rather complicated background of the young man running for mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts: In the early weeks of his candidacy against three-term incumbent [Read More...]

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Santorum to announce campaign plans on May 27

Can there be any doubt he’s in? You don’t announce an announcement on FoxNews—to take place in your hometown, no less—to say you aren’t running. From Fox:  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said on Fox News Wednesday that he will announce whether he will run for president in 2016 on May 27. Santorum told Fox [Read More...]

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Martin O’Malley on being Catholic and supporting gay marriage

The possible Democratic candidate made his remarks in an interview with The Des Moines Register. See video. Footnote: The former governor of Maryland conveniently overlooks the Catholic church’s teaching on this particular issue: If it is true that all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do [Read More...]

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A glimpse at Jeb Bush’s Catholic faith

From The New York Times:  Like his brother George W. Bush, who established the White House office on faith-based initiatives, Jeb Bush was a champion of faith-based social services. As governor, he established what he said was the nation’s first faith-based prison, encouraging religious activity — of any faith tradition — in an effort to reduce criminal behavior. And [Read More...]

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“Why are white Catholics abandoning the Democratic Party?”

Patricia Miller tries to answer that question in Salon:  It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters. There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or [Read More...]

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When words kill: John Danforth’s eulogy for a candidate who committed suicide

Attention must be paid:  Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, one of the elders of Missouri’s GOP, declared Tuesday that “politics has gone so hideously wrong” and blamed nasty campaign tactics for Missouri gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich’s suicide last week. “The death of Tom Schweich is the natural consequence of what politics has become,” said Danforth [Read More...]

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