Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Congress 9 percent raised by Jesuits

The Holy Cross alumni association referred me to this Boston-College-centric article. I glean from the comments here that the Catholic faith is still divided against itself and cannot eschew being judgmental. In internet parlance, it's called being snarky; another word for it would be bitchy, another, fractious, or maybe just sophomoric.

The proportionate religious representation is also interesting here:

In another analysis of the makeup of Congress, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life looked at the religious makeup of the House and Senate. A few highlights from the report:

• "Members of Congress are much more likely than the public overall to say they are affiliated with a particular religion."
• The Congress is mostly Protestant (54.7%), mirroring the nation, but the Protestants are from multiple denominations; Baptists are underrepresented, while Episcopalians, Methodists and Presbyterians are overrepresented when compared to their presence in the national population.
• "Catholics are the single largest religious group in the 111th Congress. Catholics, who account for nearly one-quarter of the U.S. adult population, make up about 30% of Congress."
• "Jews, who account for just 1.7% of the U.S. adult population, make up 8.4% of Congress, including just over 13% of the Senate."
• There are two Muslims and two Buddhists in Congress; both groups are slightly underrepresented, as are Hindus (there are no Hindu members of Congress).

New Congress 9 percent Jesuit-educated - Articles of Faith - Boston.com

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