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, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009) and An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians (NYU Press, 2015). Follow him on Twitter @PaulBMoses. 

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