Biden attends Cardinal Dolan’s Palm Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s

And before anyone asks: yes, he evidently did receive communion. Details: Vice President Joe Biden attended mass and received communion on Sunday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York where the mass was celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. At a time when the administration is being sued by Dolan and the Catholic Bishop’s Conference over the Obama [Read More...]

At Biden swearing in: “Walk humbly with your God…”

For those who may have missed it: the prayer delivered by Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J. at yesterday’s swearing-in of Vice President Joseph Biden.  See below. [Read more...]

Biden defines “the civil rights issue of our time”

Details: Vice President Joe Biden said transgender discrimination is “the civil rights issue of our time” during a visit to a Florida field office on Tuesday, according to pool reports. Biden was meeting with volunteers at an Obama for America office in Sarasota, Fla., when he singled out one woman “who he thought had beautiful [Read More...]

Biden campaign video: “As a practicing Catholic, like many of you…”

The mind boggles. Keep practicing, Joe. Practice makes perfect. [Read more...]

Must see TV: SNL’s version of the Biden/Ryan debate

As expected, the wizards at SNL didn’t disappoint. Herewith, their take on the Biden/Ryan debate. [Read more...]

“Never let the facts get in the way of a good story”

That’s an old, irreverent adage in journalism.  Seems to work in politics, too. From my blog neighbor Frank Weathers, who dug this up from the USCCB, regarding Joe Biden: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to [Read More...]

Ryan and Biden: a tale of two Catholics

A helpful primer, courtesy Religion News Service via the Washington Post:  For the first time in U.S. history, both sides of the ballot include Roman Catholics: Democrats’ Vice President Joe Biden, and Republicans’ newly named vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Ryan, 42, still belongs to the Catholic parish, St. John Vianney in Janesville, Wis., where [Read More...]

Just desserts: Biden visits nuns in Iowa

And ice cream was involved: Political campaigns are all about generating publicity and public support, but Vice-President Biden seems to have upended conventional wisdom — not a first for him, of course — by making an under-the-radar visit to the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque during a two-day campaign trip to [Read More...]

Biden’s daughter married in Catholic-Jewish service

Details: Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware, the vice president’s office announced late Saturday. A news release from Biden’s office says 30-year-old Ashley Blazer Biden was married Saturday to Dr. Howard David Krein in Wilmington. She is a social worker for the Delaware Department of Services [Read More...]

“What to make of Vice President Biden?”

That’s how Michael Gerson begins this surprisingly sympathetic piece in this morning’s Washington Post, and he adds: Sometimes he is gaffe-prone comic relief. Sometimes he is the possessor of the worst geopolitical judgment in Washington — as when he opposed the Osama bin Laden raid or advocated the partition of Iraq. And sometimes he seems [Read More...]