Joshua_DuBoisJoshua DuBois, President Obama’s recently-resigned point man on faith, quickly re-emerges to dispel a widely believed myth about Washington, D.C. – that it’s godless. In Newsweek, DuBois writes:

 . . . Washington is filled with people at the height of political power who are practicing their faith seriously and profoundly, but largely out of public view . . .  God is far more present in Washington than most Americans realize.

The USCCB has hired former Sarah Palin advisor Kim Daniels as a   spokesperson for its president, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Our own David Gibson remembers that Dolan not so long ago said the USCCB:

would do better to hire an “attractive, articulate, intelligent” laywoman to present its message because, as he put it, “In the public square, I hate to tell you, the days of fat, balding Irish bishops are over.”

Smart pick, says National Review Online Editor Kathryn Jean Lopez. Hmm, writes Grant Gallicho of Commonweal.

Sorry, we never should have gotten rid of that old-school confessional. Ann Marie Somma tells of a Connecticut church that re-installed a traditional confessional and all of a sudden  . . . long lines.

The young parishioner accused of stabbing several members of the choir at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Albuquerque Sunday apparently thought the choir director was part of a conspiracy involving the Masons.

Brainwashed??? In the wake of the marathon bombing, our man in Boston, Omar Sacirbey, looks at the assumptions many are making about the wife of the bomber who died — the same stereotypical conclusions we tend to draw about other women who marry Muslim men and convert to Islam.

Wycliffe Bible Translators is trying to resolve a controversy over its practice of avoiding the phrases “God the Father” and “Son of God” in translations of the Scriptures aimed at Muslims, who can find them off-putting when referring to the Divine.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan set off a firestorm among secularists when he pronounced the non-alcoholic yogurt drink ayran the national beverage – passing over beer and the aniseed spirit raki.

CNN interviews scientists Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins, who star in “The Unbelievers,” a new documentary about science, atheism and religion.

News you can use: Here’s a few pointers on figuring out when someone’s religious zealotry has crossed the line into evil.

RNS blogger Jonathan Merritt talks to Harvard humanist chaplain and former evangelical Chris Stedman about atheists and Christians bridging the chasm that lies between them.

Support for the plan to give women greater freedom when praying at the Western Wall has lost some of the support it originally enjoyed from both traditionalists and the women who want to be able to pray there in prayer shawls.

Ireland’s Supreme Court has ruled that a paralyzed woman with advanced multiple sclerosis, who says she lives in agony and wants to die, may not commit suicide with her family’s help.

Pope Francis has 6 million Twitter followers. I have 79. Could at least a couple of you massage my ego a little? Mom? @lmarkoe

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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. Perhaps the new expert on his staff will help jovial Cardinal Dolan to master the art making snarky, brainless comments to stir up hatred against Obama and others. I think it’s about time for Rush Limbaugh to convert to Catholicism along with Newt Gingrinch and Roger Ailes, head of Fox “News.”

    We now know that the Vatican wants to communicate only with right wingers (a Fox News expert controlling its communications) and taht the New York Archdiocese wants to do the same.

    So much for a Catholic Church for the poor. Back to a church for wealthy reactionaries who despise the poor.

  2. It’s no surprise that Timothy Dolan would find someone he admired, someone sympathetic to his domination of the U.S. bishops, among the extremists associated with Sarah Palin. “Birds of a feather flock together…”

  3. Wow the liberals are marching in lock step this morning. It is OK for them to express hate .. just not PC for others. They like to hate Palin and they like to hate R.Catholic Bishops (and Popes as well). So they take license a spray it. (We must pray for them .. so they can learn to manage that impulse). The Catholic Bishops are making a good effort. Palin is a good woman albeit not an atheistic liberal. She can help them and they need help. Now the liberals prefer zoftic Michael Moore or luny Cindy Sheahan. (which proves that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder)

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