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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Obamacare’s bulletin announcements: “The body is a temple and it must be insured”—UPDATED

From The Weekly Standard:  In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as “talking [Read More…]

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Supporter: Rick Perry believes he is “touched by God”

From The Daily Mail: Rick Perry delivered a scathing indictment of Barack Obama on Thursday night in Washington, teeing up a presidential run with a speech that took little notice of presumptive Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton and instead castigated the president as feckless, clueless and gutless. Just 16 days removed from the 10,000-square-foot Texas governor’s [Read More…]

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