Paul Ryan surprises a Catholic parish by actually going to Mass—UPDATED

They had to make room for him and some Secret Service agents, too.  Details:  Greeting early morning worshippers at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Chuch in Charlotte on Sunday, Rev. Andre Mangango noticed the strangers with dark glasses and ear phones. Then he realized the reason they were there: A Secret Service contingent escorting Republican Rep. Paul [Read More...]

LA Times: Ryan’s budget a “quandary” for some Catholics

Barely 48 hours after Paul Ryan joined the ticket, the ideological debate is already heating up: A couple of things were different at 9:45 a.m. Mass at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Janesville on Sunday. Rep.Paul D. Ryan, a fixture in the center pews when he’s not in Washington or on a national news [Read More...]

Paul Ryan’s Catholicism—UPDATED

After the news about Paul Ryan, analysis has begun to pour in. An overview, from CNN’s Belief blog: Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate promises to cast a spotlight on American Catholicism in an election year when the tradition has already been a major focus. Ryan, a Catholic [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...]

Ryan: Catholics can disagree about the budget

He made his remarks in a speech at Georgetown: U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, under criticism from some fellow Catholics, said his financial plan’s call for cuts in federal aid to the poor is consistent with the church’s teachings. In a speech today at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution in the nation’s capital, [Read More...]

Paul Ryan: my Catholic faith helped shape budget plan

Details: House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says his Catholic faith helped shape the Republican budget plan by stressing local control and concern for the poor, according to an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network released Tuesday. “A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves, in public and in private, so to [Read More...]

Tonight's other big speech …

… will be delivered by a little-known Congressman, Paul Ryan, who also happens to be a practicing Catholic; his Wikipedia entry notes that he is “a member of St. John Vianney’s Parish” in Janesville, Wisconsin. More on the man who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union, from the Wall Street [Read More...]


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