Santorum’s surge: an Iowa miracle?

He’s the latest GOP contender to have caught the fancy of caucus-goers — but his timing may be much better than the others. Details: Rick Santorum is the latest Republican candidate for president to gain momentum, as two other contenders, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, are either solidifying support or losing it rapidly. ust five [Read More...]

Obama, Clinton top most-admired list

The Pope made the list, too — but in single digits. Details: President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the nation’s most-admired man and woman — again — in the annual USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. Each leads their category with 17% of votes in top 10 lists that favor the most familiar names in global politics, [Read More...]

Bishops rebut governor’s account of meeting

It’s turned into a he said/they said, with some disagreement about what actually happened at a meeting Friday. Details: Gov. Pat Quinn apparently did not understand that when he met with Illinois’ Catholic bishops Friday, they were taking him out to the woodshed. Quinn said Saturday morning that the talk was “only a little bit” [Read More...]

Newt Gingrich, a “John Paul II Catholic”

An interesting take on the GOP frontrunner’s faith: Mr. Gingrich represents a new kind of Catholic, one very different from the Kennedys, who were Democrats, political liberals and cradle Catholics shaped by the Irish immigrant church. To a Kennedy-era Catholic, divorce was a sin, labor unions were a virtue and anti-Catholic bigotry was a staple [Read More...]

On Santorum: “It’s always been about faith…”

Recently, a reporter with McClatchy Newspapers took a look at how much a role religion plays in this Catholic candidate’s life: For former Sen. Rick Santorum, it’s always been about faith. Deep religious faith fuels Santorum’s conservative politics. It’s what propelled him into becoming one of Congress’ leading opponents of abortion, same-sex marriage and wrongdoing [Read More...]

Newt Gingrich offers public pledge of fidelity to his wife

Details: When the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader unveiled a sweeping pledge on marriage and abortion over the summer, Newt Gingrich was one of the candidates who passed on signing it. Now, Gingrich has answered the pledge with a lengthy written response, vowing to support a federal marriage amendment, reinstate the Mexico City policy [Read More...]

Santorum: on immigration, bishops are wrong

He made his remarks while campaigning in Iowa: The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are wrong by calling for comprehensive immigration reform that includes an earned path to legalization, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said today. The Pennsylvania Republican, who is seeking his party’s nomination for president, said in an interview  with Des Moines Register political [Read More...]

Obama = John the Baptist?

Well, the Episcopalian who preached at yesterday’s service, attended by the Obamas (shown above, walking to church), drew a curious connection: President Barack Obama and his family attended a worship service Sunday morning at an Episcopal church just across the street from the White House where presidents frequently have visited. The president, first lady Michelle [Read More...]

The GOP’s historic choice: a Catholic or a Mormon

As a New York Times columnist puts it: “For the first time in American history, a major political party may be choosing between two leading presidential candidates neither of whom is Protestant. If current polling holds through the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses and beyond, the Republican nomination will come down to a choice between a [Read More...]

Leap of faith: the spiritual journey of Newt Gingrich

His faith has played a prominent role in his candidacy — and could be part of his growing appeal among religious conservatives.  Huffington Post takes a closer look: As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s starcontinues to rise ahead of GOP Republican primaries, he has had less time for what in recent years has [Read More...]


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