Catholic AG in Virginia calls church “the largest special group interest in America”

Details: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Roman Catholic, had some stinging words for church leaders in a recent speech where he said bishops have “helped create a culture of dependency on government, not God.” The 2013 Republican gubernatorial candidate offered that assessment during a wide-ranging Sept. 29 speech to the Cherish Life Ministries Christian Life [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: “Everybody at Fox News loves you”

Wherein the good people at Fox prove that media bias cuts both ways. Details, from the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward: Roger Ailes, the longtime Republican media guru, founder of Fox News and its current chairman, had some advice last year for then-Gen. David H. Petraeus. So in spring 2011, Ailes asked a Fox News analyst [Read More...]

Here come the Catholics: the religious makeup of the new Congress

An interesting snapshot, from the Pew Forum: The newly elected, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none,” continuing a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors trends in the country as [Read More...]

On the election: “Believers have been given a great gift”

Elizabeth Scalia writes in First Things, striking a chord or two of realism and common-sense spiritual hope: Like Moses, we let pride overcome our mission. The conservatives—obsessing on greatness—refused to acknowledge any weakness. But there is always weakness; not admitting mistakes is the greatest of them. By refusing to cede error or suggest moderation, the [Read More...]

NY Times: Why Christian conservatives lost

Laurie Goodstein takes a closer look at what happened Tuesday, and finds some interesting analysis: Christian conservatives, for more than two decades a pivotal force in U.S. politics, are grappling with Election Day results that repudiated their influence and suggested that the cultural tide — especially on gay issues — has shifted against them. They [Read More...]

Making history: Buddhist, Hindu elected to Congress

The United States did not elect its first Mormon president Tuesday, but history was made elsewhere in the world of religion and politics: Tuesday’s elections brought two historic firsts for religion in American politics: A Buddhist senator and a Hindu representative — both from Hawaii — will join Congress. Democrat Mazie Hirono beat former Gov. Linda [Read More...]

Group seeks to revoke tax-exempt status of Catholic Church

That chill you’re feeling isn’t the new nor’easter. It’s something else. Details: A public watchdog group is charging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with openly politicking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and it wants the Internal Revenue Service to explore revoking the hierarchy’s tax-exempt status. “In completely unqualified terms, the IRS [Read More...]

The religious vote

Here’s how it went, according to CNN’s exit polls:   [Read more...]

Dolan to Obama: “We pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good…”

The President of the USCCB wrote a congratulatory letter to the President of the United States: Dear President Obama, In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.The people of our country have again entrusted you [Read More...]

“Virulent partisanship must yield to bold cooperation”

From Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB:  With the election over, it’s time for the nation to retake its noble position as the home of the brave. Certainly the next four years will mark a critical time for our nation, an opportunity to show our better selves after unprecedented political rancor. It’s long been [Read More...]