Six Months into the Papacy of Francis I

He tweets from his own handle, preaching messages like “prayforpeace” in 140 characters or fewer to nearly three million faithful followers on Twitter. Hardly half a year has passed since his election as both the first South American pope and the first of the Jesuit order, yet already Pope Francis I seems to be charting a new course for the Catholic Church. His public statements during the last six months... more … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Pledges to Not Judge Gay Priests, Calls for New Role for Women

Pope Francis once again is shifting the tone of discussions on church doctrine to promote a more inclusive approach to Catholicism, this time with candid remarks about gay and lesbian people and women’s place in the church. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis told reporters during an informal press conference July 29, adding that gay and... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Gov. Chris Christie to Push for Expanded Background Checks

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seeking expanded background checks for gun purchases and parental consent laws for minors to buy video games. Christie, a Republican, is up for reelection in Democratic-leaning New Jersey, but has also been considered a contender for the 2016 Republican nomination. The move has benefits in the short-term, but consequences in the long-term: Christie's actions are likely to help him among Democrats, but not among Republicans. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Senate Likely to Finalize Bipartisan Immigration Bill this Week

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? Next time you get a latte, try not to be disappointed, it probably won’t live up to this. This weekend, for the first time, a woman lead the closing prayer at a major Mormon conference. Although most (82%) Americans report... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | The Republican Tug of War on Immigration and Gay Marriage

In an op-ed for NBC Latino, PRRI Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera outlines the tug-of-war between Hispanic Americans and Tea Party members within the Republican Party. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Hispanic American Catholics

As the first Pope from the region that currently includes a plurality of the world’s Catholic population, Pope Francis I's election signals the importance of Latin America to the Church. Francis’ election may also help rekindle Catholicism among those in the U.S. with roots in Latin America: the Hispanic population. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Hispanic American Catholics

As the first Pope from the region that currently includes a plurality of the world’s Catholic population, Pope Francis I's election signals the importance of Latin America to the Church. Francis’ election may also help rekindle Catholicism among those in the U.S. with roots in Latin America: the Hispanic population. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | What’s Going on Inside the Papal Conclave?

What's going on inside the papal conclave? Two perspectives. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Maryland Senate Votes to Repeal the Death Penalty

The Maryland Senate voted to repeal the death penalty yesterday. The bill will now progress to the House of Delegates. Americans are nearly evenly divided on whether people who are convicted of murder should receive the death penalty, or life in prison with no possibility of parole. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | American Support for Foreign Trade Surges

Over at the Monkey Cage, Erik Voeten tries to make sense of a new poll from Gallup showing an increase in public support for foreign trade. This increase is even more interesting when you consider that 74% of Americans believe that outsourcing is at least somewhat responsible for the nation's current economic woes. … [Read more...]


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