Catholics and Presidents’ Day

We welcome Dr. Paul Kengor as an occasional contributor to the CatholicVote Blog. Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Of the 56 signers to the Declaration of Independence, all were Christians, but only one was Catholic. Of the nearly 100 signers to both the Declaration and Constitution, all were Christians, but only three were Catholic. Fas... More

Refresher: 9 reasons John Paul II Mattered

I think this post goes hand-in-hand with my previous post, where I respond to Michael Kinsley’s attempt to maligne John Paul II. Dan Gilgoff’s 9 reasons Pope John Paul II Mattered (he expands on each of these at some length): 1. John Paul II turned the role of pontiff into global celebrity. 2. He made people rethink the Catholic Church. 3. He left Rome. 4. He helped end Communism. 5. ... More


Beatify John Paul II? Too Fast! CBS SNAPs to it!

Unwilling to let a good deed go unpunished, CBS News decided that their report on the announcement on the beatification of John Paul II just had to include significant consideration of the sexual abuse scandal. (Try as I may, because of the way CBS enables embedding, I cannot embed the video file. The rest of this post was written as though you’d watched the short report.) In addition to bei... More

JPII to be beatified May 1!

His cause was opened by dispensation before the traditional 5 year waiting period was up. It appears that he, from his seat in heaven, is not wasting any time helping the cause along. From the Vatican Information Service post: Finally, on 11 January 2011 the ordinary session of the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints took place. They expressed their unanimous approv... More

Beato Subito: Blessed John Paul II?

Anyone up for a trip to Rome this fall? Whispers reports that the announcement of the planned beatification of Pope John Paul II  is imminent: Under the headline, “The cardinals OK the miracle, Wojtyla will be beatified,” the most reliable of vaticanisti —Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale — revealed that the cardinal-members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints ... More



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