Bush touts political agenda at Catholic prayer breakfast.
In an event that seamlessly merged religion with politics, President George W. Bush used the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast to promote his views on abortion, immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. and other topics.
Speaking to a Washington, D.C., crowd of 1,600, Bush said "societies need high moral standards" and asserted that "the Catholic Church and its institutions play a vital role in helping our citizens acquire the character we need to live as free people."
Bush quoted Pope Benedict XVI Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. on abortion.
"In his Christmas homily homily (hŏm`əlē), type of oral religious instruction delivered to a church congregation. In the patristic period through the Middle Ages the focus of the homily was on the explanation and application of texts read or sung during the ," said the president, "the pope noted that the Savior came to Earth as a 'defenseless child,' and said that the splendor of that Christmas shines upon every child, born and unborn. Here in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , we work to strengthen a culture of life, through many state and federal initiatives that expand the protections of the unborn."
Turning to immigration, Bush saluted the role of Catholic faith-based organizations in "welcoming newcomers and helping them become citizens." He said America "does not have to choose between being a compassionate society and a society of law."
"As the Congress continues this debate," he added, "its members must remember we are a nation of immigrants. And immigration has helped restore our soul on a regular basis."
The April 7 event at the Washington Hilton Hotel is the third National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. It is the second at which Bush has spoken.
The eponymous sponsoring group is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that says on its IRS An abbreviation for the Internal Revenue Service, a federal agency charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing internal revenue laws. Form 990 that it exists to "host an annual prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., for Roman Catholic clergy and laity ... for the purpose of worship and fellowship."
In fact, the gathering has an overwhelmingly partisan character, with speakers reflecting a Republican agenda.
When Bush, an evangelical Methodist, left the stage, one of the event's organizers, Austin Ruse, referred to him as "the second Catholic president."
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3. news media accounts, dignitaries in attendance this year included Sens. Sam Brownback Samuel Dale Brownback (b. September 12 1956) is the senior United States senator from the U.S. state of Kansas. On January 20 2007, he announced his intention to seek the Republican Party's nomination for President in the 2008 Presidential election. (R-Kan.) and Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), as well as 11 members of the House (all but two of them Republicans).
Chief Justice John Roberts was also present, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd.