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...]

Sin and deliverance: Gingrich’s appeal to religious conservatives

He’s climbing in the polls and growing in popularity among evangelicals, which is catching a few observers by surprise: Like many evangelicals in Iowa, Steve Deace, an influential conservative radio host, is wrestling with the possibility that Newt Gingrich may be the most viable standard bearer for family-values voters in the next election. It’s a [Read More...]

“This conscience thing”

“I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but [Catholic health care providers] have this conscience thing…’’ – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Read here for context. [Read more...]

Dolan on Obama meeting: “Extraordinarily friendly”

The head of the USCCB spoke with reporters the other day about his recent meeting at the White House. Details: The standoff between the White House and the nation’s Catholic bishops over gay marriage and other hot-button issues may be easing after a quiet Oval Office meeting between President Obama and the head of the [Read More...]

Obama “turns his back on Catholics”

Washington Post opinion writer (and former Bush speechwriter) Michael Gerson is adding his voice to the growing chorus of critics who charge the Obama White House is betraying its Catholic supporters: In 2009, the University of Notre Dame set off months of intra-Catholic controversy by inviting a champion of abortion rights to deliver the school’s [Read More...]

Dolan meets privately with Obama

I had gotten wind of this earlier in the week, but this is the first I’ve seen it in print: President Obama met quietly with New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan Nov. 8, the White House has confirmed. Dolan is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The men discussed a range of issues [Read More...]

Mississippi’s Personhood Amendment fails

The fate of that issue  — which Catholic bishops declined to support — was one of the more closely watched votes in yesterday’s election.  The amendment was resoundingly rejected. Details: Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would’ve declared life begins at fertilization, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as [Read More...]

Is the Obama White House anti-Catholic?

After looking at the controversial dispute over some HHS funding that has made headlines, one writer takes a closer look: You can argue Catholic bishops have a legitimate beef with HHS on this grant, but the Obama administration has not exactly put the freeze on Catholic groups or turned its back on engaging Catholic organizations. [Read More...]


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