“Grossly offensive” Satanic holiday display approved for Florida Capitol

From The Orlando Sentinel:  Unlike last year, a Satanic Temple display will be officially welcome inside Florida’s Capitol during the holiday season. And Festivus, a non-commercial festival “for the rest of us,” will be back as a 6-foot stack of empty beer cans. Also expected are a pair of nativity scenes. The Florida Department of [Read More...]

The cardinal and the mayor: “A sort of municipal buddy movie”

While they haven’t quite forged the friendship that defined Cardinal John O’Connor and Mayor Ed Koch, Cardinal Dolan and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are finding their own way to a unique partnership. From The New York Times: Less than a year into Mr. de Blasio’s tenure, he and the cardinal, two of New [Read More...]

“I’m a social justice, anti-death penalty, seamless garment, pro-life Catholic”

Mark Miloscia, the man targeted in an anti-Catholic smear during the campaign, won his race for Washington state senate Tuesday night, and has given an interview about his life and politics—and why he switched from Democratic to Republican—to Aleteia:  What I liked about the Democratic Party is that Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. came [Read More...]

How did Catholics vote?

As in years past, pretty much like everyone else. From RNS:  According to yesterday’s exit polls, the religious layout of the electorate looks almost identical to the last midterm election in 2010, and not much different from the 2012 presidential election. In 2010, Protestants voted Republican 59 percent to 38 percent, this time it was 60-38. (White Protestants [Read More...]

Anti-Catholicism: website attacks Republican candidate for his faith

From Daily Caller:  Mark Miloscia, a Republican running for state senate in Washington state, is fending off attacks on his Catholic faith. Miloscia, a former Democratic state legislator running for senate as a Republican in Washington’s 30th District, converted to the GOP over social issues. His campaign is encountering some old-school opposition: An anti-Miloscia attack [Read More...]

Gov. Chris Christie: I prayed to God for help on a test—and got a C

The New Jersey Governor—and possible GOP candidate for president—talked about his faith and his upbringing at a Catholic gathering yesterday:  Governor Christie spoke about his religious faith and his efforts to help drug addicts get treatment in his address during the 65th annual Catholic Cemetery Conference Wednesday morning. Christie repeated stories for the stories he’s [Read More...]

Joe Biden in Iowa: “You’re looking at a kid who had 12 years of Catholic education”

From The New York Times:  At a Vatican meeting a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly asked Vice PresidentJoseph R. Biden Jr. for some advice. “You are being entirely too hard on the American nuns,” Mr. Biden offered. “Lighten up.” Last year, Mr. Biden seized on an audience with Pope Francis as another opportunity to praise the [Read More...]

Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner becomes Catholic, with Cardinal Dolan attending

Details:  Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee’s St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Monday — a private affair reportedly attended by at least two Wisconsin bishops and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Sensenbrenner’s office confirmed the conversion in an e-mail. But it turned down an interview [Read More...]

WH offers compromise on birth control for religious employers

Somehow, this slipped under the radar today: The Obama administration outlined a new compromise Friday aimed at shielding religious business owners and Christian universities and charities from the health law’s contraception-coverage requirements, but a chilly initial response from Roman Catholic bishops suggested the move wouldn’t assuage their concerns. Federal officials laid out fresh rules to [Read More...]

What about deacons and politics?

Some days back, I posted the historic news about the wife of a deacon serving on her state’s Supreme Court.  On another forum a couple of deacons noted that, while the news was noteworthy and laudable, it could pose problems for her husband. One wrote: “We had a deacon who moved to another diocese and his [Read More...]