Obama at prayer breakfast: “We place our faith in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ…”

Details: For his fifth year, President Barack Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning in at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Yet even though Obama has taken strong positions in the last year on issues of concern to religious communities, such as same-sex marriage, immigration reform and the contraception mandate in his healthcare [Read More...]

“The petition on the White House web site labeling the church a ‘hate group’ is beyond the pale…”

The cardinal archbishop of Washington, Donald Wuerl, pops up in today’s Washington Post and offers a timely defense of the Catholic Church: The Catholic Church is no stranger to criticism from those who disagree with its teachings, but the petition posted recently on the White House Web site to label the church a “hate group” is beyond the pale, [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...]

Obama picks Episcopal priest for inauguration prayer

He replaces Louie Giglio, the evangelical pastor who found himself in hot water for his remarks on homosexuality two decades ago. From CNN:  The president has picked a neighbor to deliver the closing prayer at the inauguration. The Rev. Luis León told CNN on Tuesday the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee invited him [Read More...]

Sweeping new abortion bill in New York: “It defies common sense”

Last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan raised his objections to proposed abortion legislation in New York.  Now the state Catholic Conference has issued a point-by-point memo that makes clear how extreme Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal really is.  The memo below comes from the conference website.  +++ Re:      The Abortion Expansion Bill “In relation to revising [Read More...]

Engaging the opposition: Cardinal Dolan shows how it’s done in his letter to Governor Cuomo

With a grateful h/t to my blog neighbor Frank, here’s the text of the letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, following Cuomo’s “State of the State” message.    Dear Governor Cuomo: Congratulations on your third State of the State message earlier today. There is much to cheer in your report, and [Read More...]

What can you do about Catholics who support same-sex marriage?

Well, despite what you may think, you can’t just automatically excommunicate them. Canon lawyer Ed Peters notes one case in particular:  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Catholic, is pushing the ‘gay marriage’ agenda in the Land of Lincoln to the obvious and rightful chagrin of Catholics faithful to the natural law (not to mention, to [Read More...]

A first: Obama chooses laywoman to give invocation at inaugural

From the Washington Post:  President Obama has picked Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in later this month. It is believed to be the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be [Read More...]

Catholics take over America

Trivia buffs, take note: If Senator John Kerry is nominated and confirmed to be Secretary of State, the four offices in line of succession to the presidency will all be held by Catholics: Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, Senator Leahy, and Secretary Kerry. Dave Gibson has more context, too, at dotCommonweal. [Read more...]

Bobby Jindal: sell birth control over the counter

The Catholic governor of Louisiana made his recommendation in an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal. Details:  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has a solution for the GOP’s birth control problem: Make it over the counter. “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last [Read More...]