Pelosian Theology

“I do my religion on Sundays, in church, and I try to go other days of the week; I don’t do it at this press conference.” — Nancy Pelosi, when asked her views regarding Catholic teaching on contraception. [Read more…]

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On Republicans, Democrats and Catholics

With some news reports suggesting even progressive Christians are losing faith in President Obama, and at least one prominent Democrat leaving the party because of her Catholic faith, Catholic blogger Ed Morrissey looks at how complicated and contradictory it can be to be a Catholic and adhere to any political party: Some of our readers [Read More…]

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The “Pew Gap”: Signs that religious voters are losing faith in Obama

Details, from the Associated Press: In 2008, Barack Obama took aim at the “pew gap,” the overwhelming Republican edge among voters who regularly attend church. The Democratic presidential nominee came nowhere near closing it, but he didn’t have to. He just needed an extra percentage point or two among traditional GOP constituents, and he got [Read More…]

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Biden’s daughter married in Catholic-Jewish service

Details: Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware, the vice president’s office announced late Saturday. A news release from Biden’s office says 30-year-old Ashley Blazer Biden was married Saturday to Dr. Howard David Krein in Wilmington. She is a social worker for the Delaware Department of Services [Read More…]

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“What to make of Vice President Biden?”

That’s how Michael Gerson begins this surprisingly sympathetic piece in this morning’s Washington Post, and he adds: Sometimes he is gaffe-prone comic relief. Sometimes he is the possessor of the worst geopolitical judgment in Washington — as when he opposed the Osama bin Laden raid or advocated the partition of Iraq. And sometimes he seems [Read More…]

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“This is the real war on women”

That’s how one Republican described the vote this afternoon that will not ban abortions based on sex selection: The House on Thursday fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus as Republicans and Democrats made an election-year appeal for women’s votes. The legislation would have made it a [Read More…]

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Deacons and the “Fortnight for Freedom”

As the USCCB ramps up preparations for this event next month, Chicago’s deacons are launching their own response: a conference on religious liberty. From an e-mail I received yesterday: The intent is: To prepare deacons and priests to preach during the Fortnight of Freedom To provide clergy and church ministers with a venue for their [Read More…]

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Clergy and politics

I see it more and more on Facebook: priests and deacons trumpeting their political allegiances and voicing their support for particular candidates.  It’s an election year; that’s understandable. But is it appropriate?  I’ve often wondered. Deacon Bill Ditewig (of happy blogging memory) took a close look at that in this month’s Deacon Digest (full disclosure: [Read More…]

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Leading Pennsylvania Democrat quits party, cites Catholic faith

How’s this for taking a stand, courtesy Matthew Archbold: Jo Ann Nardelli has been a Catholic Democrat her entire life. Her father was one before her. And she couldn’t imagine a day where that wouldn’t be true. But that day was Wednesday of last week. I read a story about Jo Ann leaving the Democratic [Read More…]

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Kennedy widow: “It would be impossible to unravel my faith from the other aspects of my life”

She delivered the controversial commencement speech at Boston College today. Details: Victoria Reggie Kennedy called on Boston College law graduates Friday to seek change and justice by uniting people, invoking a practice she said her late husband Edward M. Kennedy embraced as a senator for 46 years. Kennedy did not touch upon how another Catholic [Read More…]

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