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Rising number of Catholics in US Congress

November 21, 2012

Following the 2012 election, the number of Catholics in Congress will rise from 156 (29%) to 161 (30%).

56% of members of the new Congress are Protestants; 14% are Baptists, 9% are Methodists, and 8% are Presbyterians. In addition, 6% of members of the new Congress are Jews, and 3% are Mormons.

In the 113th Congress, 54% of Catholics in the House of Representatives, and 67% of Catholics in the Senate, will be Democrats.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Nov. 21, 2012 7:52 PM ET USA

    There are, however, some serious Catholics among them. We lament the loss of good pro-lifers like Kiko Canseco, but we have a number of replacements.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Nov. 21, 2012 5:44 PM ET USA

    This is really a bad joke about a serious topic. Most of the "Catholic" Democrats are nominal, self-described Catholics who will vote against Catholic teaching as to abortion and sodomy.

  • Posted by: sparch - Nov. 21, 2012 1:43 PM ET USA

    How many are really Catholic? How many are Catholic in name only. How many will vote reflecting their Catholic faith? I shutter to think about it.