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Things on the campaign trail are getting ugly (as well as grossly expensive). Is this all really unavoidable?

Paul Ryan, Romney pointedly announced, is ‘a faithful Catholic’ who ‘believes in the worth and dignity of every human life’

Mormons live exemplary lives but their religion has nothing to do with Christianity

There are few Catholics in South Carolina, the reddest of red states, but that is changing fast

Dennis Sewell says most US voters reject the theory because of claims that it makes God and Christian morality redundant

On Sundays Santorum goes to Mass in Latin; but the BBC Washington correspondent says he’s a Protestant. What else will he get wrong?

Michael Brendan Dougherty asks whether there will be a second act to Newt Gingrich’s mind-boggling political career