I was raised Catholic, so don’t take this wrong, but it seems that - since JFK - Catholics are exempt from these theological grillings, and it’s only conservative Protestants who who subjected to it. Catholic doctrine has as many points offensive to secularists as does conservative Protestantism - papal infallability, the real presence in the Eucharist, male-only priesthood, eternal hell, prohibition of divorce, views on abortion, contraception, and homosexuality - but it seems Catholic politicians are never grilled about these things, probably because they are usually Democrats and because they say stuff like, “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but . . . “
You’re right, and NR is ostensibly a Catholic/neo-con-jewish organ these days.
Protestants need not apply. Other than Mittens Romney, who is LDS. They’re in the tank for Romney, big-time. But then, Romney has the credentials that NR wants to see: Ivy League degrees.
Catholic politicians aren't grilled on these things by the press and the pundits, because so many of them (those prominent on the national scene) don't believe any of it, neither the faith nor the morals, and everybody knows it.
If their own BISHOP questions their stand on bedrock right-and-wrong issues like, say, the intentional killing of the innocent, or the twisting of marriage to accommodate open perversion, it's the presstitutes and the pundits who cry "foul" and try to make the Bishop and everybody else shut up on these "divisive" issues.