Face in the News: Remembering Mike Wallace, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and more

We started the morning with the sad news of CBS reporter and legend Mike Wallace's passing. On the show, Bob called Wallace "one of the real pioneers in television journalism."

The New York Times covered our network's reaction to Wallace's death, and plans to honor his legacy. Watch the obituary we aired at the top of the show for a comprehensive look at Wallace's incredible career.

We'd planned on focusing this Easter morning on religion and politics in America. We did that first by talking to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. Bob showed Dolan clips of John F. Kennedy's famous 1960 speech about his Catholic faith and the presidency, and then showed GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's now infamous reaction to that speech, where Santorum said he read it and "almost threw up." Dolan said he found himself "agreeing with both of them." The New York Times explains how Dolan got to that conclusion.

Dolan also talked at length about the Catholic Church's battle with President Obama over the contraception coverage mandate. Dolan called it, "a dramatic, radical intrusion of a government bureaucracy into the internal life of the Church" and said he wasn't going to give up the fight against it. Read Politico's take on what Dolan said.

The Hill also picked up his comments on birth control.

Finally, Bob asked Dolan if he thought GOP presidential candidate and frontrunner Mitt Romney's Mormon faith would be an impediment in winning the general election this fall. Dolan emphatically said no. He told Bob, "There may be reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney as President of the United States, that he's a Mormon cannot be one of them." United Press International explored these comments a bit. The National Journal expanded on his comments, too.

We also had a dynamic panel exploring the intersection of religion and politics in America today. Bob talked with Richard Land, a leader with the Southern Baptist Convention, Rabbi David Wolpe of Temple Sinai in Los Angeles, Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., founder of one of the country's biggest Hispanic evangelical organizations, Sally Quinn of the Washington Post and Newsweek's Andrew Sullivan.

These five looked extensively at the current state of the separation between church and state in America. Watch that part of the discussion here. They also touched on 2012 politics. Rev. Cortes told Bob he'd be surprised if Romney got "30 percent, 40 percent" of the Hispanic vote because of the things he's been saying about immigration. Land said he'd tell Santorum, as his friend, he "ought to seriously consider leaving the race." Read about Land's suggestion at Politico or the National Journal.

Finally, we showed the highlights from our inaugural Face the Nation Google+ Hangout On Air. This Hangout looked at the way faith communities use the Internet and how that affects their politics. Watch the highlights at CBSNews.com. You can watch the whole Hangout on our Google+ page.

  • Alicia Budich

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