Very nice summary.
BUT why do half of the Catholics always vote for the Dems?
Gallup: Catholic vote a tossup, 46/46
Catholics’ divided preferences at this point contrast with those of the largest religious group in the country, Protestants, whose support swings to Romney by 51% to 41%.
/looks at watch/
Maybe it’s because Republicans say they are going to do something about abortion and traditional marriage, and they run a candidate who supports both.
I lay this squarely at the feet of our bishops who have been cowed into submissive silence by the threat to their tax-exempt status. Rather than educating their parishes and diocese on these very important issues and calling attention to the Democrats' support for intrinsic evil, they conflate the issues with "helping the poor" and an MSM-inspired anti-war agenda.
The USCCB's last voting guide (in 2010) had a short discussion on the evils above and then spent the rest of their 42 pages discussing all of the other issues. In short, they watered everything down to a mush and provided no real direction for their sheep. The guide simply served as cover for those who wanted an excuse to allow them to vote Dem... "we are not one-issue people; we don't vote by party, we vote by individual candidate". Ok, fine. However, every Dem elected to Congress is one more vote to put Nancy Pelosi (abortion's single greatest champion in the House) and Harry Reid back in charge of the agenda.
I do my guide to encourage them to grow a pair and use them. If the bishops can be silenced by the threat of government, then they can rightly be questioned as to the identity of their true master. No man can serve two. This guide is offered in the spirit of Ezekiel 3:18.
I will not comment on the accuracy of your cited poll. That said, I believe many of my fellow practicing Christians are middle class and below. I will assume that Catholics have many middle to poor families in their ranks as well. Following this logic thread, many may be either in need or depending on the government and/or unions for their daily living. Hence, the disparity between what should be a religious-polical no-brainer alignment. That is, some people will vote with economics in mind rather than their religious beliefs.
Simple; they aren’t “Roman Catholics”; they are Faux Catholics or what I prefer to call “American Catholics”.