Why evangelicals may back a Catholic or a Mormon

It’s an interesting twist this election year, and one observer wonders why it’s happening: For a party that was once defined by a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage, this is a remarkable turnaround. Not once in the GOP’s history has it nominated a Catholic and it has certainly never considered another Mormon. The South Carolina GOP [Read More...]

Quote of the day, from Santorum

“God has given us this great country to allow His people to be free. I offer a public thanks to God.” – Rick Santorum, after his dramatic thisclose second place finish in Iowa last night. Read more. And watch video of the speech below. [Read more...]

Santorum’s wife breaks down after voter asks about their dead child

It was sparked by an attack by liberal commenter Alan Colmes on Fox.  Details: During the question and answer portion of Rick Santorum’s second to last campaign event of the day, a voter brought up a painful memory from the former Pennsylvania senator’s past. At a Pizza Ranch restaurant in Newton, Iowa,  a member of [Read More...]

Gingrich: “I pray before every major decision”

In the final hours before the Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich seemed to be preaching to the choir yesterday — or, at least, speaking to the all-important evangelical voters: Newt Gingrich spoke about his Catholic religion and belief in God today on two different campaign stops, recognizing the Christian Evangelical support is a necessary factor for [Read More...]

Catholics in Iowa “not sitting on the sidelines”

The National Catholic Reporter goes looking for Catholic reaction to what is happening in Iowa these days: Religion has had an extraordinary presence in the buildup to the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, but Catholics have been distinguished by their silence. “It’s part of the Catholic culture,” said Deacon Dan McGuire, parish administrator at [Read More...]

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...]


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