Will they or won’t they wear ashes?
February 22nd, 2012
12:20 PM ET
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Will they or won’t they wear ashes?

Washington (CNN) – “You’ve got something on your forehead.”

Every year on Ash Wednesday it’s how the awkward conversation begins. A well meaning co-worker points out a black smudge on someone’s forehead, not knowing it’s supposed to be there.

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  1. GI Joe.

    I'm more interested in their lack of flag pins (sarcasm).

    Who cares? Let them carry a staff and be followed by 10 virgin boys, I still won't vote for them.

    February 22, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Since the Vice President sports his ash n his forehead every Ash Wednesday, why shouldn't the candidates? Just how Catholic are thou? Will they be bearing palms on Palm Sunday?

    February 22, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Phil Viel

    what will santorn do about liberal christians that want conterception, female bishops etc?

    February 22, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Santorum will wear ashes, for sure. Gingrich is a Catholic, count him in. I do not know if Mormons have the tradition, not to my knowledge. If Ron Paul is the southern baptist that I think he is, then he shouldn't wear ashes.

    February 22, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Larry in Houston

    Will They, or Won't they wear ashes ?
    Answer : Depends on IF they're Proud of being a Catholic, or not. IF they don't wear ashes on their forehead on ash wednesday – then that Just means that they opted to "Not" to attend Church Services on ash wednesday. But that doesn't mean they aren't Catholic – it Just means whether you've "participated" in the ash wednesday thing, or not. Not Every Catholic Attends Church Services on Ash Wednesday, y'know. I remember when I worked at a Factory, and working overtime, plus shiftwork on ash wednesday, I didn't have "time" to go to get ashes. It's merely a symbolic thing, is all.

    February 22, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. ian

    poor miss santorum. i really do feel sorry for her : (

    February 22, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. logicnLA

    I have no problem with them wearing ashes. As a matter of fact, if they are practicing Catholics, they should. that said- keep the church in your heart and out of politcs. Our country is based on civil law- not cannon law.

    February 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Wvazoe

    Depends on what Mass they go to , morning or evening.

    February 22, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Will these two wear their ash crosses today? I'm going with: Hell yes! Like a big ole' Christian/Catholic flag on their foreheads. Proclaiming a faith they have consistently strayed from in their words and actions.
    Hypocrites.

    February 22, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    Now that "Satan" is "attacking America", these politicians better stop frontin' and start wearing their colors, yo. For real, dog.

    February 22, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. BLKMANinAmerica

    Like WHY on earth is this a topic of conversation? No one really cares nor should they.

    February 22, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. A disabled veteran

    Why do they talk about the word and do not live by the word

    February 22, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. pccel

    I certainly don't go to the polls to elect a theologian; a candidate's religion is irrelevant to me.....the separation between church and state should be non-negotiable...why are all these people trying to blur the lines or forget that they even exist?

    February 22, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Tom

    Who cares? If they were really godly, they wouldn't be constantly lying to us about their "colleagues"!

    February 22, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |