Record number of justices attend Red Mass
September 30th, 2012
04:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Record number of justices attend Red Mass

Washington (CNN) - Six of the nine Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday. The event’s speakers spoke about using faith in decision-making but largely stayed away from the controversial issues the court will face in the coming months.

Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Elena Kagan all attended the 60th annual Mass. This was Kagan’s first Red Mass.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Supreme Court
Personal e-mail urging Mormons to fast and pray for Romney goes national
September 28th, 2012
11:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Personal e-mail urging Mormons to fast and pray for Romney goes national

(CNN) – A Utah woman unwittingly started a grassroots campaign when an e-mail she sent to her five children and a handful of friends urging a day of prayer and fasting for Mitt Romney started making the Mormon rounds.

Mona Williams, a Price, Utah, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wrote last Sunday evening to tell people closest to her how frustrated she is with the state of the country.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Mitt Romney
Reid calls out Romney on their shared Mormon faith
September 25th, 2012
06:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Reid calls out Romney on their shared Mormon faith

Washington (CNN) – The nation's highest ranking Mormon in elected office said Monday that Republican presidential candidate is “not the face of Mormonism.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made the remarks in a conference call Monday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Harry Reid • Mitt Romney
8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention
August 27th, 2012
08:37 AM ET
2 years ago

8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention

(CNN) – For the next four days, the eyes of the political world will be on Tampa, Florida, the site of the Republican National Convention. And though politics will be the name of the game, it's a safe bet that religion will also play a major role. The convention opens with a prayer from a Hispanic evangelical leader and closes with a benediction from a Catholic cleric who's sometimes called "America's pope."

In between, balloons will drop on the first Mormon to be nominated by a major political party to be president of the United States. Here are eight ways faith will matter this week. What did we leave out? Let us know in comments and we'll expand our list as warranted.

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First on CNN: Atheist group targets presidential candidates' faith with billboards
August 13th, 2012
10:25 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Atheist group targets presidential candidates' faith with billboards

Washington (CNN) – A prominent atheist group is using this month's Democratic National Convention to take aim at the presidential candidates' religion, planning to put up billboards targeting Mormonism and Christianity in Charlotte, North Carolina during the week of the convention there.

“Our political system is rife with religion and it depends too much on religion and not enough on substance," said David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, which is sponsoring the ads.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Mitt Romney • North Carolina • President Obama
First lady implores black churchgoers to get political
June 28th, 2012
04:40 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady implores black churchgoers to get political

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned pitch for black churchgoers to embrace political action on Thursday in a speech to the country's oldest black religious denomination.

"To anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better," Obama said at a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Michelle Obama • Tennessee
Key Catholic group drops support for White House contraception plan
June 18th, 2012
05:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Key Catholic group drops support for White House contraception plan

(CNN) - The Obama administration's key Catholic ally on its controversial plan to require health insurers to provide free contraceptive coverage is dropping support for the plan, potentially complicating the president's relations with Catholics in an election year.

The Catholic Health Association, which comprises 2,000 Catholic hospitals, health systems and related organizations, said Friday that although it had initially supported what the White House called a compromise on the contraception issue, it is now "deeply concerned" about the plan and says the White House "has not relieved our initial concerns."

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Health care • White House
May 18th, 2012
09:38 AM ET
3 years ago

In culture war skirmishes, Georgetown becomes political football

Washington (CNN) – In the latest round of culture wars over contraception and religious liberty, most Americans would probably identify places like the White House and Congress as key battlefields. But another nearby locale has emerged as a national platform for such skirmishes: the stately campus of Georgetown University, the country's oldest Roman Catholic college.

On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic, will speak at a relatively low-profile graduation ceremony for one of Georgetown's individual schools, an appearance that has attracted criticism from the Catholic archdiocese of Washington.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Washington D.C.
May 11th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Complexity in black church reactions to Obama’s gay marriage announcement

(CNN) - After the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first gained wide public recognition in the mid-1950s, he made a special request to evangelist Billy Graham.

King was poised to join Graham on one of his barnstorming crusades, but he would do so only on one condition. He asked Graham to publicly speak out against segregation, a request Graham declined, says San Diego State University historian Edward Blum.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama • Same-sex marriage
Biden's support for gay marriage matches most Catholics' views
May 7th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
3 years ago

Biden's support for gay marriage matches most Catholics' views

(CNN) - Apparent White House division over gay marriage – with Vice President Joe Biden saying Sunday that he is “absolutely comfortable” with the idea, going further than President Obama has on the issue – mirrors a nation that is evenly divided on the matter. Recent polls show that about half of Americans favor legalized gay marriage, while half oppose it, with support for the idea gaining significant ground over the past 15 years.

Pew’s latest polling on the issue, conducted late last year, found that 46% of Americans support favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 44% are opposed. Support for gay civil unions is substantially higher, with a clear majority of Americans supporting such arrangements.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Joe Biden • Same-sex marriage
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