More Catholics, more diversity in next Congress

[caption id="attachment_21931" align="alignleft" width="248"] Click to enlarge. Source: Pew Research Ctr.[/caption]Thought you might be interested in this Pew survey of the religious composition of the next Congress, which has its first Hindu member, the first Buddhist in the Senate, the first "none" and more Catholics.The 161 Catholics in Congress (up by five) make up 30.4 percent of the members, well over the 22 percent share Catholics have in the general population. With the vice president and six justices of the Supreme Court also Catholic, it certainly makes for a large proportion of Catholics running the three branches of the United States government.I wonder how many of these officials went to Catholic schools.

Paul Moses is the author, most recently, of The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia (NYU Press, 2023). He is a contributing writer. Twitter: @PaulBMoses.

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