Church Attendance: Checking It Once

I saw a headliner at Pewsitter about the president not going to church on Christmas. The NYT backs that up. Conservative Catholics probably weren’t watching their Evangelical Christian allies so closely. Sometimes they don’t even hold services when Christmas falls on Sunday. Like Mr Obama, they probably opted for family time instead.

The Sunday after Christmas is always the most disappointing of the year for me. I always hope that Christmas will be cool enough that we’ll get a small uplift on the Feast of the Holy Family.

Mr. Obama has gone to church 18 times during his nearly five years in the White House, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, an unofficial White House historian, while his predecessor, Mr. Bush, attended 120 times during his eight years in office.

Not quite weekly attendance for either man, but a bit more than C&E Catholics. Every three-and-a-half weeks for the predecessor, and every three-and-a-half months for the incumbent.

Didn’t know this about the prez:

He was the first president to hold an Easter prayer breakfast, and he also held the first Passover Seder at the White House, traditions he has repeated.

House church, I suppose.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Church Attendance: Checking It Once

  1. Liam says:

    Well, in this era, regular attendance at church would for reasons of state require regular high security at the chosen location. (the more regular the attendance there, the higher the security risk because a president’s attendance would be more predictable.) It could suffocate a community without the legs to withstand such an assault on regular congregants. And as has been alluded to in news media in the past five years, Obama has been subject to a higher level of threats than even his predecessor.

    All that said, Obama could invite pastors to a secure location for services; a nearby military installation should suffice. And worshipping with the troops not a bad thing; especially if no photo ops. That would be my solution were I to have the misfortune of being president.

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