“Faith and the Faithful in U.S. Politics”

Holy Trinity

This was the title of a symposium held recently at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington.  The event was sponsored by the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service and the Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.  Speakers included John Carr (Georgetown), Jocelyn Kiley (Pew Research Center),  E.J. Dionne (Washington Post), Peter Wehner (Ethics and Public Policy Center), and Joshua DuBois (former director of White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships).

Here is a taste of an article on the symposium published by Catholic News Service:

Representing the conservative side was panelist Peter Wehner – a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and director of its Faith Angle Forum, and a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and the co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era.

“I do think Democrats have a problem with religion,” Wehner said. “It’s a party that’s increasingly secular.”

Dionne, who often supports progressive causes in his columns, countered by saying, “Democrats are not a secular party. Most Democrats are part of a religious tradition.”

Wehner noted that the Democratic Party remains a minority party, with Republicans controlling the White House, both houses of Congress, and a majority of governorships and state legislatures, but he added that he thinks Democrats will likely take control of the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2018 mid-term elections.

Read the entire piece here.

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