The religious makeup of the new Congress

The Rev Jacob Duche offers the first prayer for the Continental Congress, September 7, 1774, in Philadelphia, PA. Original painting by Tompkins Harrison Matteson, 1848. From Wikipedia. An interesting overview, from Pew:  When the new, 114th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 6, 2015, Republicans will control both chambers of the legislative body for the [Read More...]

Mario Cuomo dies

From CNN:  Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo has died, according to his son Chris Cuomo, host of CNN’s “New Day.” Mario Cuomo had been hospitalized recently to treat a heart condition. He was 82. Cuomo was New York’s governor for three terms from 1983 to 1995. He was married to his wife, Matilda, for [Read More...]

Cuban-American protest in Miami: “I am a Catholic without a pope”

From the AP:    The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil. Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, [Read More...]

“Grossly offensive” Satanic holiday display approved for Florida Capitol

From The Orlando Sentinel:  Unlike last year, a Satanic Temple display will be officially welcome inside Florida’s Capitol during the holiday season. And Festivus, a non-commercial festival “for the rest of us,” will be back as a 6-foot stack of empty beer cans. Also expected are a pair of nativity scenes. The Florida Department of [Read More...]

What about deacons and politics?

Some days back, I posted the historic news about the wife of a deacon serving on her state’s Supreme Court.  On another forum a couple of deacons noted that, while the news was noteworthy and laudable, it could pose problems for her husband. One wrote: “We had a deacon who moved to another diocese and his [Read More...]