Comparing Cuomos: What a difference 30 years makes

“Remember that, we embrace men and women of every color, every creed, every orientation, every economic class. In our family are gathered everyone from the abject poor of Essex County in New York, to the enlightened affluent of the gold coasts at both ends of the nation. And in between is the heart of our [Read More...]

Great moments in fundraising: church withdraws from GOP gun raffle honoring Lincoln, MLK

Details:  A Greek Orthodox church in Portland on Friday yanked permission for the Multnomah County Republican Party to hold a Lincoln Day fundraising dinner tied to a controversial gun raffle. The Multnomah County GOP received national attention earlier this week when it announced it would raffle off an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in honor of “two great Republicans” [Read More...]

“This is a renewal of a long-dormant slander against Catholics in America…”

Writer Ed Morrissey adds his voice to the chorus of critics taking issue—sometimes passionately—with Jamie Stiehm’s recent essay in U.S. News & World Report: Unfortunately, this is a renewal of a long-dormant slander against Catholics in America. When immigration shifted into high gear in the mid-19th century, especially from Catholic areas of Europe (led by [Read More...]

NY Times: Popular voice in DC? The pope

Will wonders never cease? Details:  Shortly before leaving the Capitol for the holiday recess, Senate Democrats gathered behind closed doors to lay out an agenda for 2014. When the majority leader, Harry Reid, exhorted colleagues to “deal with the issue of income inequality,” the talk took a spiritual turn. “You know,” declared Senator Bernard Sanders, [Read More...]

“Sometimes you just have to shut up…”

When was the last time this happened with an American politician? Read on, from the Catholic Herald:  A Catholic MP has revealed that a month’s retreat helped her in her decision to quit politics. Sarah Teather MP, told the Guardian that she decided to attend a Jesuit retreat while she struggled with her decision whether [Read More...]

WH says birth control mandate doesn’t apply to Little Sisters of the Poor

Details:  The White House responded Wednesday to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor halting a birth control mandate in ObamaCare for a Catholic organization, saying the group isn’t subject to the requirement because it doesn’t apply to self-funded church plans. Sotomayor issued the order late Tuesday, one day before parts of the health care law were [Read More...]

Obama: the president who celebrates Christmas, but not in church

He may not be that different from a growing number of Americans, in fact. From The New York Times:  President Obama celebrated a low-key Christmas in Hawaii this year. He sang carols, opened presents with his family, and visited a nearby military base to wish the troops “Mele Kalikimaka” — the Hawaiian phrase meaning “Merry Christmas.” [Read More...]

Obama: “Service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us…”

From the President’s weekly address:  So many people all across the country are helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors.  For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us [Read More...]

The Obama holiday card is secular—but so was Eisenhower’s

My blog neighbor Kathy Schiffer, posting on the Obamas’ Christmas card, notes that Huffington Post described the greeting as “stubbornly secular.” As American Thinker put it:   The Obama family this year sent out what must be the most depressing White House Christmas card of all time. Not only is there no mention of God or Jesus, or anything [Read More...]

“I have to do this”: Paul Ryan’s epiphany about the poor

It happened in 2012, during a campaign stop that included an impromptu prayer service in Cleveland. From McKay Coppins of BuzzFeed:  By the time Ryan arrived backstage at the Waetjen Auditorium less than two weeks before the election, about a dozen advocates for the poor were waiting for him. They took turns telling stories from [Read More...]