April 26th, 2012
03:14 PM ET

Ryan defends budget in face of Catholic critics

By Dan Merica and Kate Bolduan, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan defended his proposed federal budget on Thursday against criticism from some Catholics, who say it violates their tradition’s teaching by putting an undue burden on the poor.

Ryan, a Catholic who chairs the House Budget Committee, told students and faculty at Georgetown University, a Jesuit school, that his budget was in line with his understanding of his faith, though some Georgetown faculty are organizing opposition to his proposal.

“Of course, there can be differences among faithful Catholics on this. The work I do, as a Catholic holding office, conforms to the social doctrine as best I can make of it,” said Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican. “What I have to say about the social doctrine of the church is from the viewpoint of a Catholic in politics applying my understanding of the problems of the day.”

As Ryan spoke, a group of nine students perched in the balcony section of the auditorium made that unfurled a banner that said “Stop the war on the poor - No social justice in Ryan’s budget.”


- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Catholic Church • Money & Faith • Politics

April 26th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Vote for Belief Blog to win a Webby Award

Update: Voting for the Webbys is now closed. Thanks to all who cast a ballot for us!

We're proud to report that the CNN Belief Blog has been nominated for a Webby Award, which recognizes standout web destinations. Can you take a quick minute to cast a ballot for us? Voting ends today.

And please cast a ballot for our friends at CNN iReport and CNN podcasts, also nominated for Webbys.

Thanks for your support!

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Uncategorized

Our Take: Name-calling is ‘rhetorical pornography’
Protesters from both sides of the immigration issue fill a sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday.
April 26th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Our Take: Name-calling is ‘rhetorical pornography’

Editor’s note: Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, Dr. Russell Moore is dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

By Jim Daly, Russell D. Moore and Samuel Rodriguez, Special to CNN

(CNN) – We've all heard it, since we were schoolkids knocking about on the playground: "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me." A saying with good intent, to be sure, designed to steel young minds, and hearts, against the inevitable bruises that come with sharing childhood and adolescence with other children and adolescents.

But did any of us ever believe it was true? Even today – now that we're older, hopefully wiser, having experienced the heartaches of everyday life more fully than we may have as kids – is it a statement we can stand behind?

We don't think so.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized

April 26th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Dalai Lama: World belongs to 'humanity,' not leaders

By Catherine Shoichet, CNN

(CNN)- The Dalai Lama says he supports the principles behind Arab Spring protests.

"The world belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader, kings or religious leaders. The world belongs to humanity. Each country belongs essentially to their own people," he said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

Politicians at times forget that, even in democratic countries like the United States, he said.

"Sometimes they are short-sighted," he said. "They are mainly looking for the next vote."


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Buddhism • Church and state

April 26th, 2012
04:34 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, April 26

By Laura Koran, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Survey: Religion a key factor in determining support for Obama vs. Romney
Religion is playing a key role in determining which presidential candidate Americans support, with President Barack Obama enjoying a wide lead over Mitt Romney among moderately and less religious voters and Romney dominating among very religious voters, according to a Gallup survey released Wednesday.

CNN: The Dalai Lama sits down with Piers Morgan
On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a wide-ranging and enlightening interview, touching on politics, religion and temptation.


- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Uncategorized

About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.