Reader: An Obama Catholic quits House, No ‘Faithful Citizenship’ update, Majority think Obama loses in ’12By
Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.
An Obama Catholic calls it quits. Rep. Jerry Costello, a Catholic Democrat representing the 12th District of Illinois (Belleville/suburbs of Saint Louis), will not be running for reelection in 2012. http://cvote.to/5B Costello votes pro-life about 65% of the time, but he also supported Obamacare. Costello also provided cover for Barack Obama, serving on Obama’s Catholic National Advisory Council during the 2008 presidential campaign. http://cvote.to/5C His district has only a +2 edge for Democrats and pundits have already called the seat a tossup. http://cvote.to/5G
Rocco Palmo is reporting that the USSCB has reaffirmed their 2007 Faithful Citizenship text. There will be a new introduction, but that will be the only change from the current document. http://cvote.to/5A Thomas Peters notes this only underscores the need of individual bishops to speak out on these issues. http://cvote.to/5H
A majority of Americans (55%) in a Washington Post/ABC poll expect Barack Obama to lose in 2012. Not surprisingly, 83% of Republicans expected that result. But even 42% of Democrats expect him to lose in 2012. Obviously the election is still 13 months from now. But with a second recession looming, these numbers might get worse. (Sounds good to me.) http://cvote.to/59
Other articles of interest:
The Vatican’s newspaper criticizes the BBC decision to change to “common era” dating. http://cvote.to/5D
A great round-up on the Catholic New Media Conference by Matthew Warner. http://cvote.to/5E Next year’s CNMC is in Dallas apparently. Not sure when.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Catholic, ordered flags flown at half staff for Archbishop Hannan funeral. http://cvote.to/5F
And for those keeping score at home, the Democratic Senate hasn’t passed a budget in 888 days.