March Madness, Presidential edition

Over at her elegantly-named blog “Egregious Twaddle,” plucky Joanne McPortland pens a letter to the president, who happens to be in town (which would be Dayton, Ohio) — and reveals why during this season of March Madness, she’s no longer one of his cheerleaders: I’m a card carrying Democrat, the daughter of a union shop [Read More...]

Pennsylvania bishops: March 30 to be day of fasting over HHS mandate

Details: Calling the Obama administration’s mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives an “assault” on religious freedom, Pennsylvania’s 10 Catholic bishops have urged Catholics statewide to make Friday, March 30, a day of prayer and fasting. “On that day, offer your sacrifice for the cause of religious liberty, that the Church may be granted the basic right [Read More...]

Cuomo declares “Timothy Cardinal Dolan Week” in New York State

Well, what do you know? From the press release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today designated March 12-18, 2012 as Timothy Cardinal Dolan Week in New York State. A formal proclamation issued by the Governor today paid tribute to Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in honor of his elevation to the College of Cardinals. To [Read More...]

Dolan: “We got burned” on gay marriage

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and bishops from around New York State headed to the state capitol today for their annual lobbying trip — and the cardinal offered some choice insight, and new information, to a reporter from the New York Daily News: Cardinal Dolan revealed for the first time that the Catholic Church was caught flat-footed [Read More...]

Patricia Heaton, Hollywood conservative and Christian

Everybody loved Raymond, but we all really loved his wife, played by the insanely talented Patricia Heaton.   Now the Los Angeles Times looks at another side of Mrs. Barone: Patricia Heaton‘s rush to support Rush Limbaugh this week shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has closely followed her rise as one of the [Read More...]

Analyst: Catholics may account for Romney win in Ohio

It seems to be the continuation of a trend: Rick Santorum, a conservative Catholic who is outspoken about faith-based issues, lost Catholic voters by a wide margin in Ohio on Tuesday, potentially a key factor that allowed Mitt Romney to squeak out the narrowest of victories overall in the state. According to CNN’s exit polls, [Read More...]

Joe Biden visits shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Details: As the sun set over Mexico City, the Vice President of the United States toured the shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe. After a tour, VPOTUS walked across the square to the Antigua Parroquia de Los Indios (Old Church of the Indians), part of the pilgrimage for millions of Catholics. Later, under a full [Read More...]

Justice Scalia: Christians seen as “cretins”

Details: Over 4,000 people flocked to the Archdiocese of Denver for its annual “Living the Catholic Faith Conference” held this year from March 2-3. The two-day conference – which began as a forum for Catholic educators and has only recently opened  to the public – featured Justice Antonin Scalia and noted scientist Br. Guy Consolmango as [Read More...]

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good releases 2012 voter guide

Details: A group of Democratic-leaning Catholics on Wednesday (Feb. 29) released a 2012 voter guide that seeks to expand the concept of “pro-life issues” beyond abortion to also include war, euthanasia and poverty. The nine-page guide from the group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good — one of the first to be released for [Read More...]

Rick Santorum’s Catholic journey

An interesting look at the candidate’s transformation from “nominal Catholic” to conservative icon, in Sunday’s New York Times: Rick Santorum was, in his own words, a “nominal Catholic” when he met Karen Garver, a neonatal nurse and law student, in 1988. As they made plans to marry and he decided to enter politics, she sent [Read More...]


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