The Irish Catholic who is Romney’s “unseen weapon”

From the Independent newspaper: Not many people in America have heard of Peter G Flaherty II. And to this quiet and unassuming Irishman, that’s exactly how it should be. If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election next month, observers say it may all be down to the deft political handling of the soft-spoken lawyer from Boston, one [Read More...]

The story behind Cardinal Dolan’s appearance at the GOP convention

The New York Times has some interesting details about Mitt Romney’s aggressive effort to woo Catholics: Mr. Romney had been courting Cardinal Dolan since April. That month, the two had a private meeting, previously undisclosed, at the chancery in New York, across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, said Peter G. Flaherty, a senior adviser to the [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan to give benediction at GOP convention

Details: Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan will give the benediction at the Republican National Convention on the night Mitt Romney accepts the presidential nomination. The cardinal’s spokesman said the appearance was not an endorsement. Dolan is the New York archbishop and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Romney announced Dolan’s appearance in an [Read More...]

“I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is real.”

President Obama gave a rare interview about his religious views to the magazine of the National Cathedral.  Politico has highlights:  In an interview with the Washington National Cathedral magazine, President Obama discussed how his faith influenced his politics — saying that at the end of the day ‘God is in control.’ “First and foremost, my Christian faith [Read More...]

“A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape”

That’s the statement released by the campaign Sunday night: Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s strong views on abortion took a back seat to his new boss’s view in a Romney-Ryan campaign response to a Missouri Senate candidate’s controversial remarks about rape and abortion. The statement on behalf of Ryan and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said the [Read More...]

Mitt at prayer: Mormon reporter covers his trip to Mormon church service—UPDATED

Last week brought us a glimpse at Paul Ryan attending church.  This week, it’s Mitt Romney’s turn.  An interesting item from the New York Times “The Caucus” blog, which posted excerpts of today’s pool report from McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed: “Following an hourlong drive from their Concord, NH hotel, your pool arrived in Mitt Romney’s [Read More...]

Santorum: government is forcing Catholics to sin

He made the remarks while stumping for Mitt Romney in Ohio:  Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is “directly assaulting” religious freedom and that his administration has implemented policies that force Catholics to abandon their faith. “We have a president who, for the first time in American history, is directly [Read More...]

Dolan: Why I invited President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner

A keeper from the Cardinal, answering his critics: How can you justify inviting the President? Let me try to explain. For one, an invitation to the Al Smith Dinner is not an award, or the provision of a platform to expound views at odds with the Church. It is an occasion of conversation; it is personal, not partisan. [Read More...]

Reports: Romney selects Catholic Paul Ryan as running mate

Some weeks back I wondered, “Will Romney pick a Catholic?”  Now, all indications are that the answer is yes:  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce his running mate at the beginning of a four-day, four-state bus tour in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET, his campaign announced in a statement late [Read More...]

Romney releases new ad featuring Pope John Paul II, accuses Obama of waging war on religion

Details:  A new Mitt Romney ad released Thursday accuses President Barack Obama of waging a “war on religion.” The ad, along with recent attacks on Obama’s welfare policy, signals a move away from attacking the president’s handling of the economy. “President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to [Read More...]


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