Idaho Priest Prays For Obama's Defeat; Diocese Has No Comment



The Roman Catholic Diocese had no official comment when Boise Weekly asked about Father Michael St. Marie's choice of words June 22. But St. Marie wasn't simply commenting on the presidential election; he was praying in a very public setting.

"Dear Lord, I ask that on Tuesday, Nov. 7, you find a new job for President Obama," prayed St. Marie, faith leader of the St. Edward Parish in Twin Falls.

"The Diocese has no comment, but I can tell you that the Diocese does not condone or support any candidate for public office," Diocese spokesman Michael Brown told Citydesk.

St. Marie's prayer was greeted by cheers by nearly 400 Idaho Republicans June 22. His invocation opened the Idaho State GOP Convention.

When asked if the Diocese was aware of St. Marie's remarks, Brown gave another "no comment."

St. Marie's remarks, and the events leading up to the convention's election of delegates to support presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney are detailed in the Wednesday, June 27, edition of Boise Weekly.

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