- May 28, 2020
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Catholic, to be the new U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in the U.S. Department of State.
Although President Dwight D. Eisenhower was not a Catholic himself, a priest gave the invocation at the groundbreaking of his national memorial on the National Mall. A Catholic priest and military veteran, Father Leo Blasi of Hays, Kansas, also lived in Eisenhower’s hometown of Abilene, Kansas which many say would have satisfied the former president.
Although Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s legacy in his home state may be mixed due to the failure of his trickle-down economic policies, he’s now set to take on a job of enormous interest to religious communities in America and around the world — Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, after President Donald Trump announced his intention to name Brownback on Wednesday.
The provost of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, has withdrawn an invitation to a Kansas Supreme Court justice to speak on the state’s constitution, citing unspecified security concerns related to opposition to the lecture by abortion opponents.
Twenty-five years after anti-abortion protests led to almost 2,700 arrests outside local abortion clinics, the city of Wichita in Kansas is bracing for another anniversary round of demonstrations under the heading of the “Summer of Mercy,” with local police preparing a 60-page operational plan.
Pope Francis called on Catholic political leaders earlier this week to put a moratorium on using the death penalty during the Church’s Jubilee of Mercy, but it’s a rallying cry unlikely to have much of an effect in the United States. “I appeal to the conscience of the rulers, so