1. We'll have a President named "Barack". It's not exactly the most popular name you've ever heard. But let's look at the bigger picture: When it comes to Presidents, we've had a Millard, a Ulysses, a Rutherford, a Chester, a Grover (he was so nice they elected him twice), a Woodrow, a Calvin, a Herbert, a Dwight, and a Lyndon. Life goes on. We'll adapt.
2. We'll have a Catholic Vice President who is not exactly the poster boy for orthodoxy. Is he the first Catholic who thought he could treat doctrine like a "build your own sundae" bar? Chances are we can all fire off the names of at least five people we see every day who do the same. So is he the first high profile Roman Catholic in public office to think that? Can anyone say Kennedy, Pelosi, or in New Jersey, McGreevey? But as Catholics, we also believe that there's always hope for the sinner to come home. I mean, really, one good confession and Biden is back, baby!
3. Catholics have crept one step closer to thinking that we can decide doctrine by popular vote. This morning at daily Masses around the country, some Catholics are coming in with big grins on their faces like they snuck in after curfew without their parents' knowledge. Other Catholics are coming in with faces that look like their puppy got run over. Both may slip into feeling that this election somehow decided the fact that abortion is now somehow acceptable or permissible; It still is not. Truth does not get determined by a popularity contest. This election may have been about who gets to sit in the Oval Office as well as about five thousand other government agencies for the next four years, but it wasn't about who gets to say what's right and what's wrong. That job was never on the table.
There might be more of these as the day goes on. Stay tuned.