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To: Mad Dawg
My personal experience from converting to Catholicism is that for someone who does not have preconceived political notions (which I of course did), it is a little hard to be told the Church is rigidly pro-life one moment and then to trot out some lesbian nun to lecture me on how evil America is in our lacking of “social justice”.
6 posted on 08/26/2008 11:36:36 AM PDT by Artemis Webb ("The church is near, but the road is icy. The bar is far away, but I will walk carefully.")
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There is a PRACTICING Catholic vote. That is to say, Catholics who attend Mass regularly and follow the magesterium, or moral teaching authority, of the Church. For these Catholics, abortion is a deal-breaker. They cannot vote for a politician who promises to use the power of the federal government to advance the industrial scale for-profit slaughter of innocents. These folks are permanently alienated from the Democratic Party.
But there is another “Catholic” vote. Folks who were born Catholic but no longer practice or really believe. They may marry or be buried in the Church, but that is about all. Nearly all “Catholic” politicians—the Kennedys, Biden, Pelosi, the Daleys—fall in this category. Today, the Catholic population is about evenly divided between the believers and the lapsed. No person who believes in a Living God who takes an interest in the affairs of humans could endorse today's Democratic party.
7 posted on 08/26/2008 12:02:53 PM PDT by Godwin1 (Godwin)
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