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The Other Election

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A presidential race tends to garner all the focus, but in 2012, the races ofr Congress might prove just as decisive. If Obama wins, and does not help Democrats re-take the House, we could have four more years of stalemate. If the Republicans recapture the White House, but do not capture the Senate, look for Sen. Harry reid to become Mr. Obstruction.

Gerson on Mormonism

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In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson opines that he thinks more liberals will take exception to Mitt Romney's Mormonism than will conservatives. He may be right. I suspect many liberals correctly view the Mormon Church, like the Catholic Church, as a bastion of conservatism on key social issues like gay rights only without the Catholic Church's commitment to social justice to level the ideological playing field.

One Quibble with Faithful Citizenship

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As mentioned below, I am glad that the bishops did not decide to re-open debate on the "Faithful Citizenship." But, the document does include one very unfortunate focus that is, frankly, somewhat strange coming from bishops who have a host of theologians upon whom to draw for expertise. The document speaks of the specialness of those acts which are "intrinsically evil" as especially repugnant when considering for whom to vote.

DC's Red Mass: +Sartain Shines

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Once a year, my normal Sunday morning routine is turned upside down when the Red Mass displaces the usual Novus Ordo Latin Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral. Yesterday's Red Mass in the nation's capital saw six of the nine Supreme Court justices, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley all in the front pews. Cardinal Wuerl was the principal celebrant and Archbishop of J. Peter Sartain of Seattle preached the homily.

I admit a bias in Sartain's favor: When I lived in Little Rock for four months at the end of 2003 and beginning of 2004, I worshipped at St. Andrew's Cathedral, which was right down the street from my home, and Bishop Sartain often led the liturgies, both on Holy Days but also on weekdays. He is a fine preacher and a warm, engaging man. My mother, who was a tough audience, liked him immensely when she visited at Christmas.

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