This morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held a press conference in which she called for a little divine intervention to aid the Democrats in passing their healthcare bill, which is scheduled for a vote this Sunday:
Today is the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, particularly significant to Italian-Americans. And it's a day where we remember and pray to Saint Joseph to benefit the workers of America. And that's exactly what our healthcare bill will do.
There's a bit of a problem, however. Speaker Pelosi is proud of her Italian heritage, and she likes to trumpet her Catholicism (particularly when there's an obvious political advantage in doing so). So she should know that today is not the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, but the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary. The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker is May 1.
Italians (not just Italian-Americans) have a special devotion to San Giuseppe and celebrate his March 19 feast with Saint Joseph altars. But neither Italian-Americans or Italians in general attach particular significance to the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, probably because it's a relatively recent feast, instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to provide a Catholic alternative to communist and socialist celebrations of May Day.
Invoking one's Catholicism (or one's ethnicity, for that matter) for partisan political purposes isn't exactly kosher. But if the Speaker of the House insists on doing so, she should at least make sure that she's got her saints and feast days straight.