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Gerson on Mormonism


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


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


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.



Yesterday, the Washington Post broke the story about a West Texas hunting camp that Gov. Rick Perry and his family used to lease and where he hosted fellow politicians and supporters. The camp was known by the name “Niggerhead,” and the offensive word was painted onto a large rock at the entrance to the camp. The Perry campaign contends that neither the governor nor his family painted the slur on the rock and that when they first leased the property in 1983, his father painted over the offensive word. Seven other people with whom the Post spoke said the name remained for a long time.


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