White House celebrates Diwali

Some around the Internets are shocked, simply shocked, that the Obamas did this.  (Read some comments here for a taste of reaction, which includes “False idols at the White House! It will need a good cleaning after they’re gone” and “Maybe Michelle will be their first sacrifice.”) Let the record show: the first Diwali celebration at [Read More...]

Maine Catholic congressman declares he’s gay

Details:  Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) announced he’s gay in an Op-Ed article published by Maine newspapers Monday, making him the seventh openly gay member of Congress. The five-term representative, currently running for governor, said that he was prompted to speak out by “whisper campaigns” alleging that he was gay. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a [Read More...]

Lawsuit accuses Obama administration of “conscious strategy to marginalize” Catholic religious views

Details:  The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is arguing in a new lawsuit that the Obama administration is engaged in a “conscious political strategy to marginalize and delegitimize” Catholic “religious views on contraception by holding them up for ridicule on the national stage.” At issue in the lawsuit is whether the administration can force the archdiocese to secure [Read More...]

George H.W. Bush donates socks for Catholic fundraiser

Details: Former President George H.W. Bush says his wife is getting fed up with his flashy socks, so he’s donated an exceptional pair of bright, cactus-themed socks to a church fundraiser. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says the socks that Bush wore in a photo with former President Bill Clinton in Kennebunkport, Maine, last [Read More...]

Meet Ken Hackett: State Department releases short YouTube video introducing new ambassador to Holy See

Check out this profile of the diplomat, just posted on the State Department YouTube page (you can read a full biography of him here): [Read more...]

Some advice on the shutdown from the bishops

Sister Mary Ann Walsh from the USCCB blogs:  As the government shutdown continues, it may be time to listen to another body – the U.S. bishops. Recent statements from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offer significant points worth considering. They are neither Democratic nor Republican positions. They are simply principled. Consider, for example, an [Read More...]

Obama “hugely impressed” with Pope Francis

To me, the fact that he’s impressed isn’t as surprising as the fact that a reporter in the mainstream media brought up the subject in the first place—and this, during an interview about a looming financial catastrophe. From USA TODAY:  President Obama’s interview with the CNBC business news channel included high praise for Pope Francis. [Read More...]

Dolan to Obama on Syria: “Our focus is on saving lives by ending this conflict, not fueling it”

The USCCB president has written a letter to the U.S. president: September 4, 2013 President Barack Obama The White House Washington, DC 20270 Mr. President: As our nation contemplates military action in Syria, we want to assure you and your Administration of our prayers. We know that the situation in Syria is complex and appreciate [Read More...]

R.I.P., Lindy Boggs

The history-making congresswoman and former US ambassador to the Vatican—also the mother of Cokie Roberts—has died. Details:  Lindy Boggs, who succeeded her husband in the House of Representatives after his plane crashed in Alaska and who went on to serve nine terms on Capitol Hill, notably as a champion of women’s rights, died on Saturday [Read More...]

Should Priests Endorse Candidates?

With all the frenzy about the unfortunately-named Anthony Weiner, it can be easy to forget that there are other people running for the mayor of New York.  One of them is John Catsimatidis, a Greek American businessman. He’s not that well-known to many New Yorkers, so he’s trying to get his name and image out there [Read More...]