The priest who ran for president

Church law these days forbids clerics to run for public office. But before that rule was laid down in the 1980s, priests sometimes ran — and won — races for seats in the U.S. Congress, state assemblies and city councils across America.

One was audacious enough to run for president.

Although Father James Cox didn’t win the Oval Office in the 1932 race, this Pittsburgh parish priest managed to lead a march on Washington and snag a meeting with his opponent in the election, then-President Herbert Hoover. Father Cox was trying to hatch a New Deal for Depression-era American with his Jobless Party platform before Franklin Roosevelt even got to the White House.

Father Cox didn’t win, of course; FDR did. But in today’s politics where money talks and more money talks even louder, it’s refreshing to recall a candidate whose only agenda was to get jobs for folks who had little or nothing.

Our Sunday Visitor in its June 29 edition profiles the life and legacy of the fascinating man of faith.

More multimedia

In response to my post on Monday on The Pilot’s multimedia coverage of the permanent diaconate ordination in Boston, we received some more examples from the Florida Catholic. The paper has some similar multimedia packages covering priesthood ordinations in the Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Both are worthy of attention.

As mentioned in a post by Barb Fraze from last month’s Catholic Media Convention in Toronto, it is becoming increasingly important that Catholic papers have Web sites, especially if they want to reach a younger audience. It is certainly refreshing to see some of these papers not only creating sites but also developing multimedia content for their sites.

(Editor’s Note: Brooke is a summer intern at Catholic News Service and a student at the University of Missouri at Columbia.)

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