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House favors Protestant guest chaplains over Catholics 2-1, Jews 7-1

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Guest chaplains speaking at the start of House sessions have been overwhelmingly Protestant, with evangelical Protestant ministers leading more prayer than any other denomination, according to a special C-SPAN report.

On its Facebook page, C-SPAN looked at the affiliations of the 93 guest chaplains who have spoken during the 112th Congress, which started January 5, 2011, and found that 37 percent were evangelical Protestant, 23 percent were mainline Protestant, 26 percent Roman Catholic, 8 percent Jewish, 1 percent Mormon, 1 percent Muslim, and 4 percent "other."

The current full-time chaplain, Fr. Pat Conroy, is Catholic.