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

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.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  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 |

    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.

    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 |