As a church-going Catholic, I have noticed an increase in political messaging at church (against the HHS mandate, for religious liberty), but they are treading pretty carefully. Carefully though it may be, there is some every week, and it is coming from the top of the Church in the US, so it is pretty consistent across the country.
I know that in the heady days of Viet Nam, weekly anti-war messages were heard (my Catholic friends told me) that turned many a Catholic against the war and other social messages have come on many a Sunday from Catholic parishes.
I didn't know if the faithful were hearing enough anti-abortion, anti-homosexual union messages were being mentioned, as a local group that pushes abortion is headed by a woman who serves as a lay leader in her Catholic parish.
We go to a neighboring church to hear our former Catholic priest give his sermons during this election season. he is FANTASTIC, the week before last in his homily he spoke of how he had gotten many complaints [as well as compliments] on his sermons, that he was being TOO passionate and too political. He spoke about how he was not there to tell us what we wanted to hear, but to preach the word of God and if it conflicted with policies espoused by any candidates then we needed to hear that. He said he’s not concerned with it making us uncomfortable, or boring us bc we have heard it all before, that his job was to preach God’s word. i wish all priests had his gift, and his fearlessness.