Denver, Colo., Apr 14, 2004 / 22:00 pm
A Catholic priest from the diocese of Colorado Springs opened a session of the Colorado House of Representatives by asking God to make the lawmakers “the antithesis of John Kennedy.”
The Colorado House begins each day with a prayer, with different ministers invited to do the honors. According to the Rocky Mountain News, clerics are told to keep the prayer nonsectarian, make it more like a “thought for the day” meditation and to keep it to two minutes.
Fr. Bill Carmody prayed that the state legislators would not be afraid to bring their faith into their decisions as elected officials. Carmody criticized Kennedy for saying he could not let his Catholic faith influence his policy decisions.
Rep. Alice Madden, a Democrat from Boulder, was horrified that the priest criticized one of her heroes, reported the Rocky Mountain News.