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Among Catholics, Obama job approval rating decreases to 50 percent
EWTN News ^ | 8/28/2010

Posted on 08/28/2010 8:06:39 AM PDT by markomalley

A new survey examining religious believers’ approval ratings of President Obama shows that about 50 percent of Catholics approve of his presidency, down from 67 percent in his first six months in office. Catholics make up about 22 percent of the U.S. population.

The Gallup Poll survey found the president’s approval rating among non-Catholic Christians, who make up 55 percent of the U.S. population, had fallen from 58 percent to 43 percent. His already low approval among Mormon respondents, who represent about two percent of U.S. adults, fell from 43 percent to 26 percent

About 78 percent of Muslim respondents approved of the Obama presidency, down eight percentage points from when the question was first asked. Second to Muslims were atheists, agnostics, and members of other non-Christian religions, who comprise about 13 percent of the U.S. population. While about 75 percent of these respondents approved of President Obama at the start of his term, their approval declined to about 64 percent.

Jews were the religious group third likeliest to approve of President Obama, giving him 61 percent approval. This too is a decline: in January-June 2009, their approval rating of the president was 77 percent.

Overall, 48 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s job, down from 63 percent in the first months of his presidency. Gallup claims that its survey of over 276,000 adults claims an overall margin of error of plus or minus one percent.


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1 posted on 08/28/2010 8:06:40 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

you mean 50% of catholics support pro abortion agenda


2 posted on 08/28/2010 8:07:40 AM PDT by dalebert (true hillbilly)
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To: dalebert
you mean 50% of catholics support pro abortion agenda

You will note that the report does not distinguish between weekly Mass goers and those who are Christmas/Easter Catholics (or those who just call themselves Catholic and haven't been inside a church for 20 years). I wish that polling would look at that.

But, still, 50% is better than 67%.

3 posted on 08/28/2010 8:09:42 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: dalebert

It makes my head want to explode. How can 50% of Catholics support a politician who is so far left on life issues that he supports infanticide?


4 posted on 08/28/2010 8:10:00 AM PDT by KansasGirl (No, I do not proofread.)
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To: markomalley

50%? Half of the Catholics must be either on welfare, working for the government, or black, I guess.


5 posted on 08/28/2010 8:10:48 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: markomalley

50% = CINO


6 posted on 08/28/2010 8:13:43 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Jim 0216
50%? Half of the Catholics must be either on welfare, working for the government, or black, I guess.

Or white überlibs. At least they will be dying off in the next couple of decades.

7 posted on 08/28/2010 8:14:21 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

well there are catholics in congress who support pro abortion agenda so i guess the poll is about right.


8 posted on 08/28/2010 8:14:26 AM PDT by dalebert (true hillbilly)
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To: markomalley
American Catholics, many who practice “cafeteria” style Catholicism (picking what they want to believe and leaving the rest), are the types who voted for the clown currently residing in the white house. Any Catholic, or other Christian, who believes in the sanctity and dignity of human life, from conception to natural death, would realize obama is a humanist, utilitarian, narcissistic creep. Not a Christian, or a muslim (although sympathies lie there), but in the end, only one who believes in himself, a little god.
9 posted on 08/28/2010 8:14:31 AM PDT by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: markomalley
I'd bet even Christmas-and-Easter Catholics disapprove of Obama these days. The supposed 50% of Catholics who disapprove of Obama probably haven't gone to church — even on Christmas or Easter — since childhood. (Remember, 25% of Americans identify themselves as Catholic, so the bar for being “Catholic” vis-a-vis polls is very low.)
10 posted on 08/28/2010 8:14:55 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: markomalley

Hence, He called it a STRONG delusion...and it is worldwide, and infects all who do not name the name of Christ.


11 posted on 08/28/2010 8:15:05 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: markomalley; dalereed
You will note that the report does not distinguish between weekly Mass goers and those who are Christmas/Easter Catholics (or those who just call themselves Catholic and haven't been inside a church for 20 years). I wish that polling would look at that.

Purity tests are rarely part of polling, and it sure wouldn't only apply to Catholics, it goes for everyone.

Look at that Protestant category, they don't even break out the largest non-Catholic church in America, or the third, or the fourth and so on, much less apply a purity test for it.

12 posted on 08/28/2010 8:18:34 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: markomalley

I have been disgusted by my fellow Catholics for a long time.

Jesus was NOT a socialist, but the “social justice” types in the Church have taken over.


13 posted on 08/28/2010 8:18:38 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: KansasGirl

my head explodes too from all the dis connect..


14 posted on 08/28/2010 8:20:47 AM PDT by dalebert (true hillbilly)
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To: markomalley
At least they will be dying off in the next couple of decades.

My take too is that the liberal Catholics are all 60+. Good riddance in the next 20 years, they can be somebody else's problem.

15 posted on 08/28/2010 8:21:11 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

Exactly. The baby boomers time is gone. There is one young lady in our Catholic moms playgroup that seems to be into Obama, but the rest of us just look at her like she’s crazy.


16 posted on 08/28/2010 8:23:21 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: markomalley

I gave up the Catholic faith for Lent about 40 years ago.


17 posted on 08/28/2010 8:23:29 AM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: markomalley
Or white überlibs. At least they will be dying off in the next couple of decades.

I think that you will see the opposite, as the Catholic church loses it's older whites, it will become even more liberal.

18 posted on 08/28/2010 8:24:23 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: markomalley

The biggest argument against a voucher program paying for a Catholic school education I’ve ever seen . . .


19 posted on 08/28/2010 8:24:40 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: markomalley
Oh man, are the fools who take these polls in for a surprise. They'd better be looking for a new line of work because they're going to be found out just like last bunch of idiots who were in reality just making up the poll numbers and handing them to websites as fact.

I don't think you could even come up with 50% approval for Barry by asking “were you born into a Catholic family” or something similar and saying you were surveying Catholics.

Maybe they were intentionally distorting and took a survey of the Notre Dame faculty, though, that might get them to 50%.

Regards

20 posted on 08/28/2010 8:26:10 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama is already insane and sequestered on golf courses or vacations so you won't know it)
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To: ansel12
Purity tests are rarely part of polling, and it sure wouldn't only apply to Catholics, it goes for everyone.

And I think it would be a valid demographic. Note I am not asking for a "purity" test but a "participation" test. The reason being is that I think, regardless of confession, there would be distinct differences between those who actively participate in their religious practices versus those who "culturally" identify themselves as part of a religion.

Look at that Protestant category, they don't even break out the largest non-Catholic church in America, or the third, or the fourth and so on, much less apply a purity test for it.

And I would, once again, think that this would be a valid measurement. No doubt, those who identify themselves as Southern Baptist would be far more conservative than those who identify themselves as American Baptists. Those who identify themselves as PC-USA would be far more conservative than those who identify themselves as OPC or PCA...LCMS would be far more conservative than ECLA...and so on and so forth.

21 posted on 08/28/2010 8:26:35 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Elvina; Last Dakotan

You two don’t realize that boomers and older are the anti-Obama vote, it is the younger than boomer voters where the left wins.


22 posted on 08/28/2010 8:26:54 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Kansas58

There are a lot of “social justice” Catholics among the clergy, and they dominate the Catholic schools and the charitable organizations. Under Paul Vi the “AM church” was in virtual schism. John Paul managed to turn things around to a degree and Benedict is now continuing his work, but the liberals are still around in large numbers, trying to mask their infidelity as best they can.


23 posted on 08/28/2010 8:27:31 AM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: ansel12
I think that you will see the opposite, as the Catholic church loses it's older whites, it will become even more liberal.

Speaking as a younger white Catholic...you couldn't be more wrong. The most liberal priests are in the 50-75 year old category. The most liberal parishioners are also in the same demographic.

24 posted on 08/28/2010 8:29:58 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: KansasGirl

not to mention supporting those who have a historical record of cutting off the heads of, and enslaving Christians of every stripe...


25 posted on 08/28/2010 8:30:31 AM PDT by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: markomalley

They do some polling on church attendance and voting, but they don’t break it out by which church.


26 posted on 08/28/2010 8:37:44 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Kansas58

With what has become of the Catholic Church, it’s hard to attend and participate in the church and still feel “Catholic”! To paraphrase...I didn’t leave the Catholic Faith - the Catholic Church left me!


27 posted on 08/28/2010 8:38:16 AM PDT by Froggie
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To: markomalley

I thought that you meant the congregation, not the leadership, but won’t the leadership become more Hispanic too, like the congregation?


28 posted on 08/28/2010 8:40:25 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: KansasGirl

Catholic women...not Catholic men!


29 posted on 08/28/2010 8:44:56 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: markomalley

These Catholics that supported obama should no longer call themselves Catholics. Obviously, they don’t share the same belief system as the church.

They need to form their own little religion. How about “Secular Catholics?”


30 posted on 08/28/2010 8:45:44 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: KansasGirl; dalebert
It makes my head want to explode. How can 50% of Catholics support a politician who is so far left on life issues that he supports infanticide?

Because 54% of Catholics voted for him.

31 posted on 08/28/2010 8:47:17 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Rashputin
Maybe they were intentionally distorting and took a survey of the Notre Dame faculty, though, that might get them to 50%.

I'm getting old and my mind isn't as sharp as it once was :-) but wasn't it Norte Dame that allowed Zero to cover up the statues and crosses when he gave a speech there?

32 posted on 08/28/2010 8:48:10 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: ansel12

Not just Hispanic. The priest in my church was imported from Uganda.


33 posted on 08/28/2010 8:57:48 AM PDT by SHOOT THE MOON bat (Hey White House liar. Truth comes out a little at a time.)
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To: ansel12
I thought that you meant the congregation, not the leadership, but won’t the leadership become more Hispanic too, like the congregation?

Interesting little tidbit.

Most illegal immigrant Hispanics are not practicing Catholics.

Most are "cultural" Catholics (i.e., they would identify themselves as Catholic but rarely, if ever, set foot in a church).

We have a large Hispanic population in my town (growing to be almost 1/4 of the population in recent years). Most of the newcomers are illegal immigrants. Out of the three Catholic churches in town, ours is the only one with a Spanish-language Mass. It is so sparsely attended that it is in the small chapel in the neighboring Catholic high school rather than using the church.

There are actually more Hispanics attending pentecostal congregations of various varieties than the Catholic churches...at least in the area where I live. The pentecostals are making huge inroads into that area.

But, still, most of them don't ever set foot in a Catholic church for one reason or another.

Most legal immigrant Hispanics are as conservative, if not more so, than whites. (They are far more likely to attend Mass than illegal immigrants...far, far more likely)

Yes, believe it or not. Most are pro-marriage, anti-homosexual, pro-work, anti-welfare. At least the ones I know.

I thought that you meant the congregation, not the leadership, but won’t the leadership become more Hispanic too, like the congregation?

Actually, we have a hard time finding Hispanic clergy -- and we see that as a big problem. Although the demographic of priests ordained locally are mostly white with the appropriate portions of black, Hispanic, or Asian folks mixed in, most of our "imported" clergy come from Africa. And I'm here to tell you that they are extremely conservative. I have, in fact, never heard a liberal African (i.e., from Africa) priest preach in an American church.

No, the real danger comes from aging clergy and religious who were formed in the late 50s through the 70s. And it's only a matter of time before they die off.

34 posted on 08/28/2010 8:59:20 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley
Most illegal immigrant Hispanics are not practicing Catholics.

I would like to see the polling on that, and at some point Catholics need to decide how many Catholics are really in the world, because on FR, it seems that very few Catholics actually exist sometimes.

35 posted on 08/28/2010 9:07:05 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: markomalley

I still can’t get over it. When I attend Mass I still keep looking around at people wondering how my fellow parishioners could have voted for that man.

Sad as it is, I think Obama was elected out of a need to “stick it to whitey.” I believe this is the reason the Catholic numbers are so high: the Catholic Asian community and Hispanics fell prey to this need. Now add in all the kooky liberal white Catholics and you’ve got quite a group.

I’m very sad many of my fellow Catholics didn’t see a vote for Obama is a vote for abortion.


36 posted on 08/28/2010 9:10:25 AM PDT by Melian ("There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint." ~L. Bloy)
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To: Froggie

Knowing the faith helps. CINO’s are real.

As a former evangelical protestant, even I wondered why it was the Catholic Church that the Left and the marxists in the world so feared and hated. Infiltration became the game, naturally, especially in the most powerful nation of the world.

The hatefilled media celebrates the fall and error of Christians, and gives amplified voice to the CINO’s, but for Christians to join them against Christians, or point fingers at Catholics who are in the same fox hole is a real accomplishment for both the Left and the invisible enemy.


37 posted on 08/28/2010 9:13:22 AM PDT by RitaOK
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To: Kansas58

It has been difficult to watch the liberal elements have a field day in the American Catholic Church, but I believe the pendulum is swinging back and, in our lifetime, you will see a more traditional, orthodox Church again.

This is a time of purification for our Church. In a way, we are blessed because we have the chance to stay faithful in a time when it is very difficult. Persevere until the end. We are journeying together on the Way of the Cross!


38 posted on 08/28/2010 9:14:07 AM PDT by Melian ("There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint." ~L. Bloy)
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To: mc5cents
He had them covered up at both Georgetown as I understand it, which had no right to do so based on their charter. Notre Dame had him speak in a different setting than Georgetown, so I'm not sure whether they did the same or not. Both places should never receive another cent from Catholics until they can be reorganized, have new boards put in place, and have their faculty totally replaced. At this point, they've become a tool for the CINO crowd and nothing else.

These two examples prove as well as anything you could find that the left taking over educational institutions was a huge factor in us all getting to the horrible state the nation is in at this point. It's not just their denying the Faith it's substituting indoctrination for education. Taking control of education back from the left has to be very high on the list of what we need to do to recover our Republic or anything else we do will be a holding action. Regards

39 posted on 08/28/2010 9:17:38 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama is already insane and sequestered on golf courses or vacations so you won't know it)
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To: markomalley
[i]You will note that the report does not distinguish between weekly Mass goers and those who are Christmas/Easter Catholics (or those who just call themselves Catholic and haven't been inside a church for 20 years). I wish that polling would look at that.[/i] Pew did after the 2008 election:

Numbers of Catholics who take their faith seriously and support Obama must be far lower now.

40 posted on 08/28/2010 9:23:46 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: markomalley

Fifty percent? ...On the one hand I think the way to gain Catholic Hispanics as conservative voters is by appealing to their values, not kowtowing to the radical leftists on immigration, but studies like these keep me grounded in the reality that people are soft in the head, and they vote accordingly. It’s going to take something like a total Obamao failure, economic and social collapse, to shake the mush out of ignorant heads.


41 posted on 08/28/2010 9:25:02 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Brugmansian

That graph does not show church attendance and voting, it only shows it for Whites, not Catholics in general.


42 posted on 08/28/2010 9:29:25 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Melian
Sad as it is, I think Obama was elected out of a need to “stick it to whitey.” I believe this is the reason the Catholic numbers are so high: the Catholic Asian community and Hispanics fell prey to this need. Now add in all the kooky liberal white Catholics and you’ve got quite a group.

How would you account for the Catholic vote in 2000?

43 posted on 08/28/2010 9:31:51 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: markomalley

Why do any Catholics approve...Obama thinks killing babies in the womb and in a petri dish for any reason is a good thing.


44 posted on 08/28/2010 9:55:25 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: ansel12
Church attendance was a "life style" at one time. It has evolved and people no longer use it for "quiet time", as an obligation or as a social life. At one time, church was the "social life" for many. Times change

I think these last two generations are more likely to pray privately.

45 posted on 08/28/2010 10:01:29 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: dalebert
Your anti=Catholic bias is showing -- LOL! You are picking on the Catholics instead of the other higher voting groups.

Besidies that -- Catholics and Mormons take the prize for dropping Obortion O the most points with the Jewish population coming in second in most points dropped. See my comparison below. Original percentage points are in blue bolded, current percentage points are in black bolded. Points down is in red!

THE DIMOCRATS TRUE-BLUE IS FADING, ISN'T IT?

This is the best analysis of the voting and the current trends that I have seen. Obortion O is in big trouble!

50 percent of Catholics (Catholics make up about 22 percent of the U.S. population.) approve of his presidency, down from 67 percent in his first six months in office.
DOWN 17 POINTS
 
among non-Catholic Christians, who make up 55 percent of the U.S. population, had fallen from 58 percent to 43 percent.
DOWN 15 POINTS
 
Mormon respondents, who represent about two percent of U.S. adults, fell from 43 percent to 26 percent
DOWN 17 POINTS
 
About 78 percent of Muslim respondents approved of the Obama presidency, down eight percentage points from when the question was first asked.  (86)
DOWN 8 POINTS
 
atheists, agnostics, and members of other non-Christian religions, who comprise about 13 percent of the U.S. population -- While about 75 percent of these respondents approved of President Obama at the start of his term, their approval declined to about 64 percent.
DOWN 11 POINTS
 
Jews were the religious group third likeliest to approve of President Obama, giving him 61 percent approval. This too is a decline: in January-June 2009, their approval rating of the president was 77 percent.
DOWN 16 POINTS
 
Overall, 48 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s job, down from 63 percent in the first months of his presidency. Gallup claims that its survey of over 276,000 adults claims an overall margin of error of plus or minus one percent.
DOWN 15 POINTS


 
 

46 posted on 08/28/2010 10:18:42 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley

This is disheartening to be that this has turned into a Catholic bashing thread when the numbers spoken of clearly show the Muslims, non- religious and Jewish voters far surpassed the Catholic percentages — both at the beginning of this _resident’s term and currently.

See my total points dropped summary.


47 posted on 08/28/2010 10:22:11 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I sure dont understand the jews


48 posted on 08/28/2010 10:22:51 AM PDT by dalebert (true hillbilly)
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To: dalebert

**well there are catholics in congress who support pro abortion agenda so i guess the poll is about right**

No, those supposed Catholics in Congress have excommunicated themselves by supporting abortion. It doesn’t need to be done formally by a Bishop — and yes, the Pope has spoken these words.

But basically the people excommunicate themselves. That’s why you had some priests saying after the election of Obama, that if Catholics voted for Obama they needed to go to Confession because they had sinned in electing a pro-abortion _resident.


49 posted on 08/28/2010 10:25:08 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ansel12

**I think that you will see the opposite, as the Catholic church loses it’s older whites, it will become even more liberal.**

Are you kidding? The young people coming into the Catholic Church are more conservative. ALL the new priests know how to say the Mass in Latin — the old way. The pendulum is swinging back to the right.

And, yes, we do thank God for this change within the Church.


50 posted on 08/28/2010 10:27:09 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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