Skip to comments.The Election: Catholic Voters and Issues
Posted on 11/10/2006 11:59:23 AM PST by Alex Murphy
Exit polls indicate that a majority of Catholics voted Democratic on Nov. 7, helping the party to take control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate. According to The New Republic, 52 percent of Catholics voted Democratic, compared with 47 percent who voted Republican. George W. Bush won the Catholic vote in 2004 by the same margin.
The shift in the Catholic vote was evident in Ohio, where the Democratic gubernatorial winner, Ted Strickland, scored a 20-point advantage among Catholics. Senate winner Sherrod Brown, also a Democrat, won the Catholic vote 54 percent to 46 percent, a 47-point turnaround from 2000, when Republican Mike DeWine landed the seat.
Also on Nov. 7, a proposal in Missouri to limit human cloning and embryonic stem-cell research was defeated. Missouris Catholic bishops had called for defeat of the measure, saying that no human life, at any stage of its development, may ever be taken for the sake of someone elses gain. A proposal to ban abortion in South Dakota was also voted down.
In Arizona, voters approved proposals limiting state services to illegal immigrants and making English the states official language. Both measures were opposed by local bishops. Proposals that would have required parental notification before a minors abortion were defeated in Oregon and California, while voters in Wisconsin approved a referendum that could lead to reinstatement of the death penalty.
Catholics voting for the party of death. I wonder what percentage of those who voted Democrat are Hispanics.
What America needs is spiritual revival more than political realignment.
Interesting that you should bring it up - there's a post-election poll out there (can't find it at the moment) that IIRC breaks down the Catholic vote in just this way. I'll dig it up and post a link to this thread.
The source of this article is a leftist, liberal Catholic periodical. Take it with a grain of salt.
Yeah, but they haven't put any spin on the numbers. Other than the lack of examination of who the 'Catholic' voters are.
As one of the articles Alex posted a while back said in the title, Who gets to call themselves 'Catholic'?
In politics, that label doesn't mean a whole lot. John Kerry and Governor Granholm call themselves Catholic and they will never oppose abortion.
While we three may have a great deal of common ground on political and moral issues (we do post on FR, after all), the Catholics on FR have to admit they are in the minority among their fellow Catholics (socially and politically) in America. Now IMO if the Catholic Church would enforce church disciple and excommunicate the functionally-apostate, self-labelled 'Catholics' who write this stuff, non-Catholics like myself might get a clearer picture of what Catholics (both laity and priests) actually believe (socially and politically), and IMO have a greater impact morally on the culture. The downside is that such actions might also mean the believing Catholic Church is a far smaller group than anyone would like to admit.
FWIW, you can swap out the word "Catholic" for just about any Protestant or Evangelical label you want, and I'd still be giving the same advice.
A publication that ought to be suppressed.
"...the Catholics on FR have to admit they are in the minority among their fellow Catholics (socially and politically) in America."
Unlikely that they're in the minority, unlikely that they'd ever admit to being in the minority, or unlikely that some secretly voted Democrat this week? From the article:
Exit polls indicate that a majority of Catholics voted Democratic on Nov. 7, helping the party to take control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.
Stunning figures after how Catholics went for Bush in 2004. I guess some of us didn't do the job! Very sad, in my opinion. Do you know how other denominations voted?
Links about Catholics and Bush:
The bishops are always telling us to fight abortion yet they dance with the pro aborts (ex. Al Smith Dinner). During this campaign, I kept seeing a film of a priest clapping for Hitlery at Canius college.
I am involved in the pro life cause but I feel that it is a waste of time. To be honest with you, most Catholics make me sick. A house divided against itself, cannot stand.
The Catholics did not care about the babies and most priests did not care.
I hope that if you continue in working for the pro-life cause, that you will upgrade your attitude and put even more effort into it rather than thinking it a waste of time. It also would probably really bring in postive results if you were positive about the Catholics you work with. Not giving up, not falling into discouragment, not getting "sick" of people will go a long way towards making your efforts bring about better results.
Keep the faith and it will keep you. I speak from experience.
I have had a positive attitude for 15 years but I keep seeing priests and bishops catering to politicians that are for partial birth abortion while the same priests and bishops are telling us to go out and stand and protest in front of some disgusting abortuary.
If you see this, it may help for you to ask for an audience with them and tell them the truth. You can also consider letting them know that other people besides you may be observing this.
Try something that's upfront and positive.