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November 15, 2011

Obama Making the moral grade

Have you ever heard the old saying that you shouldn't bring up religion or politics in mixed company? Well for the past three years, the saying might as well have been "Don't bring up Barack Obama when talking to Catholics."

Ever since Obama began his road to the White House he has been a highly polarizing figure among people of faith. Some embrace him as a great hope for the common good whose policies favor the least among us. Others call him a threat to religious freedom who stands in opposition to the church's most fundamental moral teachings. One thing's for sure: Ask a Catholic what they think of the president and you're unlikely to get a neutral response.

Well, we're asking. Take our latest Reader Survey and let us know how you grade the president's first three years in office. We'll share a sampling of your feedback in our February 2012 issue, which is sure to provide some valuable insight for Obama and his Republican opponent on the campaign trail



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The Examined Life: Power to the people

I'm not sure I care what the official reasoning for Bishop Thomas Olmsted's change of heart about communion from the cup--his own misunderstanding of the law, miscommunication by the diocese (blame the PR guy!), or "upsetting" articles in the religious and secular media--but congratulations to the faithful in Phoenix for mobliizing and getting a wrong-headed decision overturned.  


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The Examined Life: Vatican's financial reform document inspires more childish antics

Just when you thought the fighting among Catholics over the Vatican's document on global financial reform had died down, along comes round two.


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