Why is Sotomayer important to President Obama? She is Catholic. Of the nine Supreme Court Justices, currently five are Catholic. These five tip the court toward a pro-life consensus (the Catholic exception might be Anthony Kennedy).
By choosing Sotomayer, Obama accomplishes two things. First, he secures another pro-choice advocate in the Supreme Court. Second, he makes it impossible for another Catholic to be appointed to the Supreme Court in the future since this appointment would yield six Catholics among the nine Justices.
A future conservative president would be fried if he attempted to appoint an eighth Catholic (pro-life) justice.
Here’s the religious breakdown of the current Supreme Court:
John Roberts Catholic
Stephen G. Breyer Jewish
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Jewish
Anthony M. Kennedy Catholic
Antonin Scalia Catholic
David H. Souter Episcopalian
John Paul Stevens Protestant
Clarence Thomas Catholic
Samuel Alito Catholic
Barack Obama successfully courted young people through the internet – blogs, twitter, timed texts, and Facebook. Now the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and Vicar of Christ on earth, Pope Benedict XVI, will follow suit by joining up on Facebook with his application ‘Pope2You’. The app will link followers to his YouTube channel (launched last year). There is also a related app for the iPhone.
Log in to Facebook and check it out.
The new Catholic archbishop of New York City Timothy Dolan has recently noted that New York is increasingly Spanish speaking. He has committed himself to shepherding and evanglizing the Hispanic/Latino population that has tended to gravitate toward Pentecostal and Evangelical expressions of Christianity.
A new Barna study reveals that most American Christians don’t hold to some of the basic tenets of historic Christianity.
Only 35% believed that Satan is a living being rather than a mere symbol of evil. 8% were unsure.
Fifty-eight percent agreed with the statement that the Holy Spirit is “a symbol of God’s power or presence but is not a living entity.”
This question is not a good one because traditional orthodox speaks of the Holy Spirit as a “Person” and not as an “entity”. I imagine that many were confused.
The real zinger is that 22% believed that Christ sinned while one earth! 17% agreed somewhat. This demonstrates a true failure in American congregations to communicate the biblical faith.
There’s a new article from Life Site News suggesting that Pastor Rick Warren has caved to liberals on the issue of same-sex unions. I’m not fully convinced that this is the case, but he does seem to be growing soft with respect to key issues facing Christians in America.
Don’t know whether you heard about this
but Denzel Washington and his family visited
the troops at Brook Army Medical Center , in
San Antonio, Texas (BAMC) the other day. This
is where soldiers who have been evacuated from
Germany come to be hospitalized in the United
States, especially burn victims There are some
buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher
House is a Hotel where soldiers’ families can stay,
for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying
on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled
most of the time.
While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave
him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build.
He took his cheque book out and wrote a cheque for the full amount right there
on the spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear
this story and want to get the word out to the American
public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it
and other Hollywood fluff make front page news with their ridiculous
antics and Denzel Washington’s charity
doesn’t even make page 3 in the Metro section of
any newspaper except the local newspaper in San
This story proves that even with all their prepping, high level politicians can still be out of touch with religion.
.- During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.
The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.
Hat tip to Matthew Mehan.
On March 5 the Connecticut State Legislature Judiciary Committee which is jointly chaired by Senator Andrew McDonald and Representative Michael Lawlor launched a direct attack on the Roman Catholic Churches in their state. The assault came in the form of a bill that would force Connecticut Catholic Bishops to relinquish control of their parishes and turn them over to a committee of lay parishioners. The view of the Diocese of Bridgeport is that this move “directly attacks the Roman Catholic Church and our Faith.”
Hat tip to Sean D.
Great news folks. North Dakota’s House of Representatives passed a bill 51 to 41 declaring that an embryo possesses human rights from the moment of conception. This is an important development because it challenges the legal assumption of when life begins. Where will this go? Stay tuned for more information.
Read more about North Dakota’s bill from North Dakota’s KXnet.com.
Great news! Michael Steele is the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele is a solid Catholic who spent a number of years in the seminary. I once heard him speak at a mens’ leadership breakfast in Washington, DC. Standing ovation. He’s funny, smart, and deep.
This is a healthy change for the down-and-out GOP.