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  • The Disappearing White Catholic Voter

    11/28/2012 3:46:35 PM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | November 28, 2012 | George J. Marlin
    For over seventy years, white blue-collar Catholics who have lived and worked in America’s once great industrial states were the voting bloc that provided the margins of victory for Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and the two Bushes. The 2012 election results, however, indicate these Catholics no longer have that kind of clout at the ballot box.Why? First of all, they are an aging group whose numbers are declining every year. About 650 Catholic World War II and Korean War veterans die every day. That translates into 950,000 in the last four years. Add spouses and the number...
  • Catholics are the Problem

    11/12/2012 8:55:59 AM PST · by marcbold · 59 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/12/12 | Patrick Archbold
    I am stunned that I was stunned by the election. I am a fool. I convinced myself that the polls were not real. I convinced myself that the world I see around me every day is not real. I hoped for a redemptive moment without seeing any penitence. You can't have one without the other. I, along with countless others, have been trying to figure out how President Obama managed to win a second term. Trying to discover the key statistic that would explain the defeat has become a cottage industry over the past week. Every pundit on every side...
  • Baltimore Archbishop: Catholic Voters Can’t Vote for a Candidate Who Stands for an Intrinsic Evil

    08/09/2012 5:55:30 PM PDT · by Coleus · 44 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 9, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    “This is a big moment for Catholic voters to step back from their party affiliation,” Baltimore archbishop William E. Lori tells me from the Knights of Columbus annual convention in Anaheim, Calif.For Catholic voters in November, Lori advises, “The question to ask is this: Are any of the candidates of either party, or independents, standing for something that is intrinsically evil, evil no matter what the circumstances? If that’s the case, a Catholic, regardless of his party affiliation, shouldn’t be voting for such a person.”At the convention this week, the message wasn’t just coming from Lori, the chairman of the...
  • Vatican officials encouraging push to stop communion for pro-abort pols

    08/05/2011 9:28:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 5, 2011 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    ---- ROME, August 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Top officials at the Vatican are throwing their support behind pro-life Catholic leaders campaigning against dioceses allowing pro-abortion politicians receive Holy Communion, says one such leader. American Life League President Judie Brown spoke with LifeSiteNews yesterday about her recent trip to Rome, where she spoke with Vatican officials about Communion for pro-abortion politicians and the changing pro-life landscape in America.  Cardinal Raymond Burke told Brown to be “persistent” in her campaign to have Canon 915 enforced, she said. Canon 915 states: “Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed...
  • Archbishop Burke: Catholic News Service Needs 'New Direction'

    01/28/2009 6:22:44 PM PST · by tcg · 17 replies · 622+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/29/09 | Hilary White
    A document of the U.S. Catholic Bishops is partly to blame for the abandonment of pro-life teachings by voting Catholics and the election of the “most pro-abortion president” in US history, one of the Vatican’s highest officials said in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com. Archbishop Raymond Burke, the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, named a document on the election produced by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that he said “led to confusion” among the faithful and led ultimately to massive support among Catholics for Barack Obama. The US bishops’ document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” stated that, under certain circumstances,...
  • Catholics gird for fight with Obama on abortion, Paterson, NJ bishop takes a leading role

    11/12/2008 9:40:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 631+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 11.12.08 | SARAH SCHILLACI,
    Roman Catholic church leaders meeting this week in Baltimore heralded the election of the first black president, but maintained forceful opposition to President-elect Barack Obama's pro-choice stance. Leading that opposition was Paterson Bishop Arthur Serratelli, who proposed a new blessing of unborn children and called for elected officials to oppose abortion. In adopting the blessing Tuesday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compared abortion to genocide during its annual convention and vowed to accept no compromises, according to the McClatchy News Service. For his part, Serratelli introduced a new "Blessing of a Child in the Womb," which prays "for our...
  • A Politician's Promise: No Right to Life! No Freedom!

    10/15/2008 9:50:45 AM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies · 601+ views
    theBeacon ^ | 10.09.08 | Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D
    After committing a murder in Rome, the famous 17th century Italian painter Caravaggio went to Malta to avoid the death penalty. While there, the Great Master of the Order of the Knights of Malta commissioned him to do a painting for the chapel of the Co-Cathedral of St. John in Valletta. Caravaggio chose as his theme the martyrdom of John the Baptist. He produced The Beheading of St. John, his largest work, the only one he ever signed. No doubt the scene touched him personally.    Herod was married to Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. Because John the Baptist preached against...
  • Courting Catholics (Republican Convention Targets a Key Swing Vote)

    09/09/2008 11:24:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 236+ views
    NCR ^ | September 14, 2008 | Tim Drake
    Democrats tried to attract Catholic voters in Denver. Republicans tried to attract them in St. Paul. As the excitement at the end of the Republican National Convention affected Catholic Republicans as much as it did other delegates, they may have succeeded. Polls and TV ratings suggest Sen. John McCain of Arizona and his vice-presidential candidate running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ended the convention way ahead of where they started.In his acceptance speech, McCain electrified Catholics by speaking about a culture of life, funding for private schools and America’s newest Catholics, immigrants.“From the boy whose descendants arrived on the Mayflower...
  • Thoughts On ‘Roman Catholics For Obama’

    05/21/2008 7:38:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 38 replies · 316+ views
    First Things ^ | 5.19.08 | Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap
    Forty years ago this month, Bobby Kennedy was still alive and running for the Democratic party’s 1968 presidential nomination. I was a seminarian in Washington, D.C. I was also an active volunteer in Kennedy’s campaign. I can still remember helping with secretarial work in the same room where Edward Kennedy and Pierre Salinger labored away on the campaign’s strategy. It was my first involvement in elective politics, and, after the Vietnam Tet Offensive in February and Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder on April 4, Kennedy’s cause seemed urgent. Then, on June 5, Kennedy was gunned down himself.After Robert Kennedy died,...
  • Catholics Will Vote Democrat, Catholic Congressman Says (catholic caucus)

    04/28/2008 6:05:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 46 replies · 89+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 04-24-08 | Josiah Ryan
    Rep. Dale E. Kildee (D-Mich.), a Catholic congressman who endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for president, told Cybercast News Service Wednesday that despite Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) failure to capture Catholic voters in the Pennsylvania primary, the majority of Catholics will vote for the Democratic candidate in the general election, whether it's Obama or Clinton. According to the exit poll of the Pennsylvania primary, church-going Democrats picked Clinton over Obama on Tuesday, with Catholic voters especially lining up behind Clinton. Among all Democratic primary voters who said they attend church weekly, Clinton beat Obama 61 percent to 39 percent. Among...
  • I Voted for Obama. Will I Go Straight to. . . ? (Yes)(barf alert)

    02/23/2008 4:22:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies · 251+ views
    Washington (com)Post ^ | 2/24/2008 | Joe Feuerherd
    Like most Maryland Democrats, I voted for Sen. Barack Obama in the recent Potomac Primary. By doing so, according to the leaders of my church, I put my soul at risk. That's right, says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- tap the touch screen for a pro-abortion-rights candidate, and you're probably punching your ticket to Hell. For a church that "thinks in centuries," things sure are moving quickly. Back in 2004, as Washington correspondent for the independent National Catholic Reporter, I covered what Comedy Central's Jon Stewart dubbed the "wafer wars." A handful of conservative bishops warned Democratic presidential...
  • Catholic vote goes for McCain, Clinton

    02/08/2008 7:52:52 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 38 replies · 133+ views
    Washington DC, Feb 7, 2008 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- Catholic voters backed Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton of New York in many Super Tuesday presidential primaries and caucuses for their respective parties, according to news reports. Deal W. Hudson of InsideCatholic.com reported that exit polling on the Catholic vote was done in 10 of the 22 GOP primary states. Of those states, Sen. McCain won over Catholics in eight while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who left the presidential race on Thursday, attracted the Catholic vote only in Georgia and his home state, Massachusetts....
  • Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics -- the 5 NON-NEGOTIABLE ISSUES FOR CATHOLIC VOTERS

    01/07/2008 12:11:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 72+ views
    Voter's Guide for Serious Catholic's        To read the Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics online, just follow one of these links.Booklet: Display in Pop-up Window (pdf, 100 KB)(Displays Voters Guide booklet in a new browser window)(To save the file to you computer, right click the link and select Save)Booklet: Embedded in Web Page (pdf, 100 KB)(Displays Voters Guide booklet within this browser window)NOTE: Best with Internet Explorer browserThe links above use the Adobe pdf format. Adobe Reader 5 (or above) required.FREE Adobe Reader Download (opens in new window) We also have the Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics...
  • [Cardinal] O'Malley draws line with Democrats

    11/15/2007 4:41:56 PM PST · by Quiet Man Jr. · 107 replies · 163+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | November 15, 2007 | Michael Paulson
    BALTIMORE - Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, saying the Democratic Party has been persistently hostile to opponents of abortion rights, asserted yesterday that the support of many Catholics for Democratic candidates "borders on scandal." In his sharpest comments about the political landscape since he was installed as archbishop of Boston four years ago, O'Malley made clear that, despite his differences with the Republican Party over immigration policy, capital punishment, economic issues, and the war in Iraq, he views abortion as the most important moral issue facing policymakers. "I think the Democratic Party, which has been in many parts of...
  • The Activist Trap, As Election Day draws near, Benedict’s warning to his flock..

    09/01/2006 1:45:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 24 replies · 587+ views
    NRO ^ | 08.31.06 | Colleen Carroll Campbell.
    The coming campaign season is shaping up to be as rough-and-tumble any in recent memory, and religious voters are once again at the center of the action. With Election Day less than three months away, Catholics of all political persuasions are working overtime to turn out the faith-based vote. On the Right, groups such as as Priests for Life and Catholic Answers are distributing voter’s guides that urge Catholics to support candidates who stand with the Church in its opposition to abortion, euthanasia, embryonic-stem-cell research, human cloning, and same-sex marriage — five moral issues that are, according to official Church...
  • Not God's Party: A new poll shows Democrats are losing (more) religious voters

    08/31/2006 10:05:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 54 replies · 1,067+ views
    Slate ^ | 08.29.06 | Amy Sullivan
    When Democratic Party leaders "found God in the 2004 exit polls," as Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. likes to say, no one expected instant results. Many of the party's early efforts to attract religious voters, after all, were scattershot and not a little awkward. No one knew quite what the "faith staffer" ”a new breed of legislative aide” was supposed to do, and random-seeming insertions of Bible verses into floor speeches came off as Tourette's syndrome for Democrats. In the longer run, though, the new focus on forming relationships with religious communities and voters has been the right move...
  • Catholic bishops take campaign against stem cell research to the pulpit

    11/25/2005 7:19:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 636+ views
    Missouri Roman Catholics who attend Mass Sunday can expect to hear a homily against embryonic stem cell research and a statewide petition drive aimed at allowing Missourians to vote on a constitutional amendment to protect the research. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the Catholic church is using the first Sunday of Advent to launch a campaign aimed at keeping Catholics from signing the petition, and to teach them the Catholic view of the issue. The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, which includes business interests, universities and patient groups, announced the petition in October. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan...
  • NJ politicians: Catholic Church is seeking too big a role, Senate leader leaves Church

    05/09/2004 4:02:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 154 replies · 558+ views
    Philly.com | 05.09.04 | Tom Turcol
    N.J. politicians: Church is seeking too big a roleBy Tom TurcolInquirer Staff WriterRoman Catholic politicians in New Jersey, including one who left the church yesterday, are expressing anger at what they say is an attempt by church leaders to force them to decide between their government oaths and their religion.Elected officials said that escalating demands by the church hierarchy in New Jersey that Gov. McGreevey and others vote in accordance with Catholic doctrine on public issues runs counter to the principle of the separation of church and state.State Senate Majority Leader Bernard Kenny said he told his pastor yesterday...
  • Archbishop Raymond Burke - "Voting for candidate who backs abortion a sin"

    07/01/2004 8:42:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 247+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | June 29, 2004
    ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- St. Louis Archbishop Raymond L. Burke will issue a pastoral letter following his comments in a radio interview that Catholics commit a mortal sin by knowingly voting for a candidate who advocates abortion. "It is a serious sin," Archbishop Burke told The St. Louis Review, newspaper of the St. Louis Archdiocese. He added that a person who voted that way could receive Communion only after a "true repentance" and obtaining absolution by going to confession. "It's not right to support candidates who are for abortion," he added. The archbishop was in Rome to receive the pallium...
  • New Catholic Patriarch May Derail Hillary's White House Plans

    04/26/2005 4:15:52 PM PDT · by CareyRoberts · 41 replies · 1,503+ views
    April 26, 2005 | Carey Roberts
    After a brief flirtation with compassionate conservatism, Hillary Rodham Clinton has returned to her neo-Marxist ways. On April 19 Senator Clinton introduced the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, a law that would pressure employers to fatten women’s paychecks, regardless of the number of hours worked or job qualifications. The former Soviet Union once tried to divorce job productivity from wages. Of course, that removed persons’ incentive for hard work, and economic mayhem was the result. But Hillary is a lawyer, not a historian. By interesting coincidence, Sen. Clinton’s bill was introduced the very same day that, half-way around the globe, Cardinal...
  • President Bush Files for Divorce with Catholic Base (Support of Plan B Drug)

    08/21/2006 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 120 replies · 2,480+ views
    Christian News Wire ^ | 8/21/2006 | n/a
    President Bush Files for Divorce with Catholic BaseCatholic Pro-Life Leader states: “President Bush’s implied support for the abortion-causing drug Plan B is completely inconsistent with his recent veto of the embryonic stem cell research funding bill”FRONT ROYAL, Va., Aug. 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, issued the following response to President George W. Bush’s statements today regarding his support for Andrew von Eschenbach and his recent decision to seek over-the-counter (OTC) status for the abortifacient drug Plan B. When asked by reporter Bill Sammon about the situation, Bush stated: “I believe that...
  • White Catholics may hold key for Democrats

    07/15/2006 5:51:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 65 replies · 1,439+ views
    Spero News ^ | July 14, 2006
    White Catholics will decide the upcoming US elections, according to William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former domestic policy adviser to President Clinton.Galston reviewed the past 50 years of religious and political trends and how they will help researchers predict future elections, which the US faces this November when all seats in the House of Representatives of the US Congress are open. Galston presented his research in a seminar hosted by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in May at Key West, Florida among journalists and research participants from publications like the New York...
  • Catholics for Romney

    02/25/2006 4:33:12 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 294+ views
    TownHall ^ | 02.25.06 | Robert Novak
    A prominent anti-abortion Catholic legislator in New Hampshire on Feb. 17 sent a "confidential invitation for addressee only" to a 3 p.m. meeting with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney March 17 at the Upham-Walker House in Concord, N.H.   Republican State Rep. Maureen C. Mooney said the meeting would be "private" and "closed to the press." She added Romney would answer questions from a "small group of conservatives."  W Mooney's invitation stressed that the meeting was not "an endorsement of any kind on my behalf or the N.H. GOP." Romney, a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, lost ground with Catholic pro-lifers...
  • Catholic Homily - How to vote responsibly according to the teachings of the Catholic Church

    01/22/2006 11:56:47 AM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 126+ views
    Life Site ^ | 01.15.06 | Father Louis Di Rocco
    As you know, we are going to be voting in an election soon and we have to take our responsibility to vote seriously. It’s not just a right, but it’s a duty to be involved in selecting our representatives in politics because they make decisions that affect our entire lives, our very lives. They affect the common good. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church it says: "Service of the common good requires citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community." This obviously includes voting, but voting is not a blind activity; it requires an informed...
  • Democratic Strategists Issue Memo on Loss of Catholics

    04/12/2005 2:43:56 PM PDT · by ninenot · 159 replies · 2,518+ views
    Culture & Cosmos April 12, 2005 Volume 2, Number 36 Democratic Strategists Issue Memo on Loss of Catholics A memo authored by a prominent Democratic strategy organization calls the decline in support of white Catholics for Democrats "striking" and "a big part of the 2004 election story." One of the analysis' key findings is that Catholic voters are becoming more pro-life which the authors called "a factor in the recent losses and one of the blockages for Democrats, at least in the Midwest." The data also reveals that young Catholics are more pro-life than their parents and that bishops who...
  • It's Over! Did the Catholic Vote Really Count?

    11/04/2004 6:57:48 PM PST · by jrherreid · 31 replies · 852+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | 11/04/04 | Valerie Schmalz
    It's Over! Did the Catholic Vote Really Count? by Valerie Schmalz Part 1 The 2004 election saw some of the most passionate involvement by Catholics, including clerics, in the political process in a number of years. But when all was said and done, was there a "Catholic vote,"—and did Catholics make any difference in the electoral outcome? Will Catholics who espouse the Church’s teaching, particularly on the primacy of the right to life and on the sanctity of marriage, have any impact on policy and lawmaking going forward? IgnatiusInsight.com asked a number of Catholic thinkers and political activists those...
  • ‘On Our Civic Responsibility for the Common Good’ (Pro-Life Letter from Apb. Burke)

    10/04/2004 9:51:45 PM PDT · by cpforlife.org · 6 replies · 680+ views
    http://www.stlouisreview.com/article.php?id=7051 ^ | October 1, 2004 | Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
    October 1, 2004 To Christ’s Faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis: ‘On Our Civic Responsibility for the Common Good’ by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Introduction 1. In the summer of 1982, I spent two months in Bavaria for the study of the German language, as part of my graduate studies in Canon Law. I offered Mass daily in the parish church, and got to know and respect very much the layman who cared for the sacristy of the church. Often, we visited after Mass and discussed spiritual matters. 2. One day, the...
  • The Catholics for Bush website is now live!

    10/06/2004 2:17:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies · 2,911+ views
    The Catholics for Bush website is now live! Click here to access the Catholic webpage: www.GeorgeWBush.com/CatholicsAs a Catholic Bush Volunteer, you know why the President has won the support of so many Catholic voters. Yet, there are still others who need to get the message. The new Catholics for Bush website is a tool for you to make sure our supporters turn out to vote and to convince undecided voters to cast their vote for the President.On the webpage, you can read how the President's agenda supports issues important to Catholics and view a side by side comparison of President Bush and Senator Kerry on...