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...]

Obama administration to revise part of contraception rule

With everything else going on, somehow this news got buried. From The Wall Street Journal: The Obama administration said Tuesday it will revise a compromise arrangement for religiously affiliated universities and charities that object to providing contraception in workers’ health insurance plans, in response to a Supreme Court order earlier this month.A majority of Supreme [Read More...]

Obama to issue executive order protecting LGBT workers, but without religious exemption

Details: President Barack Obama plans to sign two executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama’s action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case [Read More...]

Which religious group shows the most support for Obama?

It’s not Catholics, whose approval rating is a paltry 44%. Details:  President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to 43% from its one-time high of 69% in January 2009, but the president still holds majority favor among one group: Muslim Americans. According to a recent Gallup poll conducted in the first six months of 2014, 72 percent of U.S. Muslims [Read More...]

Nancy Pelosi on child migration: “No one speaks more eloquently than the bishops”

No, this is not a joke:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, not known for rigorous adherence to Catholic Church teaching, found herself citing the bishop of El Paso on Thursday while drumming up support for the White House’s requested $3.7 billion emergency supplemental spending bill. The bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid considers a top [Read More...]

Hillary Clinton’s faith

TIME magazine is publishing a book about Hillary Clinton, and it includes a lengthy section about her Methodist upbringing, the role of prayer in her life, and a surprising Catholic connection. Snip: At times, she would let the public catch a glimpse of this inner faith. When George H.W. Bush called Bill on election night [Read More...]


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