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Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin assigns blame to himself and church for same-sex marriage in R.I.
Providence Journal ^ | August 13, 2013 | RICHARD C. DUJARDIN

Posted on 08/15/2013 10:59:07 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

PROVIDENCE — Addressing a wide range of issues posed to him Tuesday night at a meeting of the state’s Young Republicans, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said he was not only deeply disappointed by the passage of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, but that he felt a sense of personal failure on his part as well as a failure of the Catholic Church in Rhode Island to keep it from becoming law.

“I was profoundly disappointed that the state moved in that direction and that so many Catholic politicians abandoned ship on this issue,” the bishop said, speaking to about 40 people at the Holy Rosary Band Hall on Gano Street in Fox Point. “This was a critical issue, and they let us down.”

Though a good deal of the questions at the two-hour session dealt with the church’s teaching on respect for life, questions toward the end shifted to what one participant referred to as the “pink elephant” in the room and whether there might be a way for members to uphold traditional marriage while not denying “some of our friends” who are gay — by having a system that recognizes civil marriage for gays while at the same time reserving sacramental marriage that allows only marriages between one man and one woman.

“Well, that’s what we have now. We feel we do not have the right to redefine marriage from what God has designed. We believe that any homosexual activity is immoral, and for the state to establish same-sex marriage would be a state approbation of that.”

Bishop Tobin added that the church continues to have a great deal of respect for all people, and “loves and supports” those with same-sex attraction, and that “they should not be subject to any sort hate or discrimination.”

He said he believes that same-sex marriage passed in Rhode Island as a result of a tidal wave of support for gay marriage that came as a result of President Obama’s “evolving support” for it and heavy lobbying by the entertainment and news media, the support given to it by Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, the Board of Rabbis and by others.

For gays working for passage of the law, “this was their issue” and they obviously were strongly invested in it, he said, while for the church, the issue was important but just one of many issues.

In an interview afterward, Bishop Tobin, who has not commented publicly on the gay-marriage issue since its passage in May, said he did not believe that he and other gay-marriage opponents were undercut by Pope Francis’ remarks during a news conference on a return flight from Brazil that “if a person with a same attraction is of good will and seeks to follow the Lord, who am I to judge?”

Bishop Tobin said the pope had simply restated the church’s teaching with different words, and never said that homosexual activity is not a sin.

On the question of whether priests should deny Communion to couples they know are living together — be they as gay couples or cohabitating heterosexual couples — Bishop Tobin said that question would be best left to the individual parish priests who know the individuals and who have counseled the couples about the church’s teaching.

During his address Tuesday, Bishop Tobin said he felt he was out of his element speaking to a political group, but noted at the onset that he had had changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican, largely based on his dismay at the Democratic Party’s support for abortion rights.

At the same time, he urged those considering political careers to hold on to their moral convictions and not to base their votes solely on the latest polls.

The bishop had been invited to the gathering by Daniel Harrop, a Republican who recently threw his hat in the ring for another try at becoming the mayor of Providence. Harrop said he invited the bishop after hearing him speak at a seminar on religious freedom held at Portsmouth Abbey.

On other topics, the bishop said that during a recent visit to a beach in Florida, he saw notice closing a portion of the beach to the public to protect the endangered sea turtle. He said the church believes too in the need for protecting God’s creation but it seemed strange that the federal government is so willing “to protect the unborn sea turtle but not protect unborn children.”

He strongly defended the right of the church and all religious believers to speak out on matters of political discourse, saying the separation of church and state is meant to protect the church from interference from the state, not the other way around.

He said it was deplorable that the new healthcare exchanges that have been set up as part of the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Law in Rhode Island do not include even one option allowing participants to choose a plan that does not provide coverage for abortion. “That to me is a dictatorship, and you have to wonder who’s imposing what on whom.”

Asked why the church doesn’t clamp down on Catholic politicians who help to enact laws that extend or expand abortion rights, the bishop said it’s hard to say to someone “you’re not a Catholic anymore” except under certain conditions, and that frustrating as it may be to some in the pro-life movement, “I don’t have the canonical right to do that.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic; romney; romneymarriage
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Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin assigns blame to himself and his church for passage of same-sex marriage law in R.I.

On the question of whether priests should deny Communion to couples they know are living together — be they as gay couples or cohabitating heterosexual couples — Bishop Tobin said that question would be best left to the individual parish priests who know the individuals and who have counseled the couples about the church’s teaching. During his address Tuesday, Bishop Tobin said he felt he was out of his element speaking to a political group, but noted at the onset that he had had changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican, largely based on his dismay at the Democratic Party’s support for abortion rights. At the same time, he urged those considering political careers to hold on to their moral convictions and not to base their votes solely on the latest polls....

....Asked why the church doesn’t clamp down on Catholic politicians who help to enact laws that extend or expand abortion rights, the bishop said it’s hard to say to someone “you’re not a Catholic anymore” except under certain conditions, and that frustrating as it may be to some in the pro-life movement, “I don’t have the canonical right to do that.”

1 posted on 08/15/2013 10:59:07 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

They just WILL NOT take to the pulpits and decree “You’re committing a SIN if you vote for that, or for any politician who is in favor of it!”


2 posted on 08/15/2013 11:11:31 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: All
...According to the USCCB, the five most Catholic states, in population, are: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. According to the American Life League, the states with the most pro-life legislation (i.e., inhibiting abortion in various ways) are: Oklahoma, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Texas. This is a shocker. In short, there is no Catholic political impact in support of life in those states reportedly having the most Catholics.
-- from the thread The Mythical Catholic Vote: The Harmful Consequences of Political Assimilation

3 posted on 08/15/2013 11:11:35 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Thus, my opponent's argument falls.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Bishop Tobin said that question would be best left to the individual parish priests who know the individuals and who have counseled the couples about the church’s teaching.”

No, it’s not Bishop Tobin. It’s your JOB!


4 posted on 08/15/2013 11:16:30 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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there are 75 House members in RI. 65 DEM.

In most seats, the DEM primary determines the ultimate winner.
the average DEM primary has 1000 votes, so 500 votes gets u a house seat.

“On April 23, all 5 Republican state On April 23, all 5 Republican state senators announced their support for the legislation—the first time a party’s caucus in a state legislature has supported same-sex marriage unanimously—and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the legislation in a 7-4 vote while defeating a proposal to present the issue to voters as a referendum.[29] On April 24, the Rhode Island Senate passed an amended version of the bill by a 26-12 vote.”


5 posted on 08/15/2013 11:19:42 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Alex Murphy

Back in 2004 and 2005 I organized two separate marriage-as-God-defines-it rallies at the Rhode Isand state house. We had a lot of support from the evangelical community...about 400 people in attendance each time...but the Catholic churches didn’t lend their support at all. They didn’t want anything to do with it.


6 posted on 08/15/2013 11:23:07 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: Alex Murphy

How many bishops, priests, and nuns vote democrat? I bet it is way more than 90%. I saw a Catholic voter guide last November. The only recommendation that stood out was to vote for candidates who favor minimum wage laws. All of the candidates who favor minimum wage laws also vote for unlimited abortions. Oh, and by the way, I have not heard much lately from their excellencies about fighting 0bamacare’s abortion provisions for Catholic institutions.


7 posted on 08/15/2013 11:27:08 AM PDT by forgotten man
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To: JCBreckenridge

Last Fall my “individual parish Priests” were apparently afraid to cheese-off the large number of dues-paying Union Democrats who attend this church. Their response to Obama’s outrageous mandate was a brief announcement after Mass that “you can go to our parish website and access a link to a video with information about the election”.


8 posted on 08/15/2013 11:27:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Alex Murphy


True.
9 posted on 08/15/2013 11:29:13 AM PDT by Antoninus (Sorry, gone rogue.)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
...but the Catholic churches didn’t lend their support at all. They didn’t want anything to do with it.

I believe you; however, you would find that traditional Catholics parishes -- Latin Mass and old-fashioned morals -- are 100% supportive of what you are doing.

10 posted on 08/15/2013 11:48:15 AM PDT by steve86 (Thank you for your prayers for Margaret!)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

That’s because the Republicans have been infiltrated with moles. The party is completely whipped in this state. They can’t even get candidates to run in some districts because the Demo’s will just personally and professionally destroy them. The democratic party has taken over all the functions of the old organized crime networks.


11 posted on 08/15/2013 12:23:24 PM PDT by The Public Eye
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To: Antoninus

Bump that!


12 posted on 08/15/2013 12:33:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: The Public Eye; ItsOurTimeNow

i beleive that Sen. O’Neil from Lincoln, idependent, voted ‘no’. What is the deal with him? Howd he beat the majority leader?


13 posted on 08/15/2013 12:52:45 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Alex Murphy

“He said he believes that same-sex marriage passed in Rhode Island as a result of a tidal wave of support for gay marriage that came as a result of President Obama’s “evolving support” for it and heavy lobbying by the entertainment and news media”.

100% correct. When you have an anti-Christian homosexual president agreeing with sodomite “marriage” it all flows down hill from there. Every left-wing flake in the country jumps on the bandwagon. And RINOs like Dick Cheney that have came out in support of pretend marriage.


14 posted on 08/15/2013 2:26:06 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Alex Murphy

The Northeast is flooded with Cafeteria Catholics who go to Mass maybe twice year. They are left-wing voters and no amount preaching will make them change their mind. Catholics who regularly attend Mass vote for the most conservative candidate. In this respect Catholics are no different than any other denomination. In otherwords there is no such thing as the Catholic vote.


15 posted on 08/15/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet; Alex Murphy
In this respect Catholics are no different than any other denomination. In otherwords there is no such thing as the Catholic vote.

Except that there is, it has gone democrat in every presidential election in our history, with 5 exceptions, and will probably always go democrat in the future. That is a predictable 'Catholic vote'.

16 posted on 08/15/2013 3:04:37 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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To: JCBreckenridge
This is incoherent. Asked about canonical sanctions for Catholic politicians who vote for abortion, Bp Tobin says, "I don’t have the canonical right to do that" -excuse me? Canon 915 is not just his right, it's his duty, a mandate--- but then when asked about cohabiting couples, he says he would leave the decision on whether they should be receiving Communion,to the parish priest.

The Bishop has no canonical powers to discipline people for public, unrepentant, serious sin, but the parish priest does?

He needs a serious sit-down with Card. Raymond Burke.

17 posted on 08/15/2013 3:09:21 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Justice and judgment are the foundation of His throne." Psalm 89:14)
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To: ansel12

Like I said there is no such thing as the “Catholic vote”,
irregardless to what you think.

Even with the number of “catholics” voting for democrats, the number that vote for conservatives dwarf Southern Baptists are any other of the alphabet soup protestant denominations.
Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton twice, and Obamagabe twice, all so called protestant democrats, won because protestant voters voted for them. Protestants put them in the White House. There are more protestants than there are Catholics in the United States. If you capture the protestant vote you don’t win.


18 posted on 08/15/2013 3:14:41 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thank you!


19 posted on 08/15/2013 3:19:22 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: NKP_Vet

Hmmm, that almost sounds like anger.

I was merely pointing out the predictability of the “Catholic vote”. Not as predictable as the Protestant vote which has only gone democrat 3 times 1932, 1936, and 1964, but still predictable.


20 posted on 08/15/2013 3:27:07 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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To: NKP_Vet; ansel12
Even with the number of “catholics” voting for democrats, the number that vote for conservatives dwarf Southern Baptists are any other of the alphabet soup protestant denominations....There are more protestants than there are Catholics in the United States. If you capture the protestant vote you don’t win.

If I read your post right, you're saying that there are more Catholics who vote conservative than there are Protestants who vote conservative? If you're right, I'd like to hear your reaction to this Catholic-authored thread:
Evangelicals plunge America into darkness – mislead polls and stay home on Election Day

21 posted on 08/15/2013 3:34:33 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Thus, my opponent's argument falls.")
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To: NKP_Vet; Alex Murphy

I don’t know what NKP meant “”If you capture the protestant vote you don’t win.””

The Protestant vote has only been “captured” by the democrats in 1932, 1936, and 1964, and they won those three elections.


22 posted on 08/15/2013 3:45:24 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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To: Alex Murphy
According to the USCCB, the five most Catholic states, in population, are: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

And the most liberal states, not surprising.

23 posted on 08/15/2013 4:18:47 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

“Cafeteria” Catholics should not call themselves Catholic, but the media never differentiates between twice a year Mass attending Catholics and devout Catholics. The media would like for everyone to believe that the vast majority of Catholics are liberals, which is not true. Church attending Catholics by and large are very conservative and vote that way. None of my Catholic friends are liberals. I am also a member of Knight of Columbus and have never ran across a Knight that was liberal. They probably exist but I’ve never met one.


24 posted on 08/15/2013 4:34:54 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: JCBreckenridge

The only majority Catholic state in the US.


25 posted on 08/15/2013 4:43:59 PM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: NKP_Vet

Until you find a way to ban church members who don’t pass your personal test, then you have to accept that church members count as, church members.


26 posted on 08/15/2013 7:12:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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To: NKP_Vet
“Cafeteria” Catholics should not call themselves Catholic, but the media never differentiates between twice a year Mass attending Catholics and devout Catholics. The media would like for everyone to believe that the vast majority of Catholics are liberals, which is not true. Church attending Catholics by and large are very conservative and vote that way. None of my Catholic friends are liberals.

How many of the USCCB-reported 70+ million American Catholics make up this regular-mass-attending, conservative-voting "vast majority"?

...studies of the 2004 results identified a new hardcore vote of roughly 16 percent of Catholics (nearly 10 million people) who attend church more than once a week and identify as ideologically “conservative”.
-- from the thread America's conservative Catholics are on the warpath. Republicans should be courting them

27 posted on 08/15/2013 7:38:32 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Thus, my opponent's argument falls.")
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To: Alex Murphy

Well as for myself I follow the teachings of the most conservative Christian church in the world. And that is Catholic Church. No abortion of any kind, no women ordination, no openly homosexual priests. Doctrine that is based on the Word of God, not a show of hands. For those “catholics” that can’t abide by their teachings of their faith, why do you persist in calling yourself Catholic? The Episcopal Church awaits you.


28 posted on 08/15/2013 8:40:36 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: ansel12

Maybe these hypocrites need to read the words of JP2.

“It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church on a number of questions, notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage. Some are reported as not accepting the clear position on abortion. It has to be noted that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective in their adherence to the Church’s moral teaching. It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the Magisterium is totally compatible with being a “good Catholic,” and poses no obstacle to the reception of the Sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching of the Bishops in the United States and elsewhere.”

~ Pope John Paul II speaking to US Bishops in Los Angeles
1987


29 posted on 08/15/2013 8:53:55 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

For some reason Church-going conservative Catholics are blamed for liberal cafeteria Catholics. Blame the Jesuits, not us. My parish preaches against abortion and homosexuality, especially at election time.


30 posted on 08/15/2013 8:59:15 PM PDT by HawkHogan
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To: NKP_Vet

Interest in who is pure enough among Catholics to be polled for voting data is your personal thing, but it isn’t applicable to collecting the percentages of how members of the Catholic denomination vote.


31 posted on 08/15/2013 9:15:31 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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To: ansel12

You can’t be for abortion or vote for a pro-abortion candidate and be in good standing with the Catholic Church.
That is fact. So why does the liberal media even include these liberal hypocrites among Catholic voters. They are not Catholic. They forfeited the right to be called Catholic when they went against the Church and either agreed with abortion themselves, or voted for a pro-abortion candidate. Cafeteria Catholics are included by the liberal media because they know it makes the Catholic Church look bad, and they LOVE to make the Church look bad.


32 posted on 08/15/2013 9:45:37 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

That is all your personal feelings, pollsters are generally interested in measuring the vote of the members of the Catholic church, not in arguing internal Catholic doctrine with individual Catholics.


33 posted on 08/15/2013 9:54:28 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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To: NKP_Vet

in CT, we target suburban Catholics who are in church on Sunday morning. Therefore, we are getting the least number of Hispanic Catholics and if this group is not 80% pro-life voters .... I don’t know who is.

Of course, only 1 in 7 at daily Mass vote in primaries ... 1 in 4 in special elections and 40% in Nov ‘14. They don’t really DO POLITICS which explains why their views are not translated into public policy.

And the A.L.L. boycott voters just add to the problem.


34 posted on 08/15/2013 9:59:14 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Alex Murphy
For gays working for passage of the law, “this was their issue” and they obviously were strongly invested in it, he said, while for the church, the issue was important but just one of many issues.

THIS is the crux of the problem.

Yeah, the Church's official teachings on homosexuality and abortion are in the Catechism, but if true intentions are revealed by actions, they're's really no big woof to the Church. If they were, you would hear a homily or two on the subjects.

Now open borders--THAT's an issue they can get behind.

35 posted on 08/15/2013 10:26:29 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: ansel12

It is not my personal feelings. Pro-abort “catholics” have forfeited the right to call themselves catholic. You can’t be for abortion and be in good standing with the Catholic Church and the liberal media needs to quit lumping these people with church-going catholics. It’s BS, but it will never change.


36 posted on 08/16/2013 6:07:51 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

I don’t know why you want to keep posting to me about your internal arguments with your church and the purity of it’s members.

If you want democrat voters kicked out of your church then talk to the Vatican, not polling firms and people interested the Catholic vote.

Since American democrat Catholic leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden and the Ted Kennedys travel to the Vatican to visit their Holy Father and take communion, I don’t think that the Catholic church is going to purge the majority of it’s claimed American membership.

Heck, this Bishop has been a democrat all his life.


37 posted on 08/16/2013 6:44:06 AM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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To: NKP_Vet
Pro-abort “catholics” have forfeited the right to call themselves catholic. You can’t be for abortion and be in good standing with the Catholic Church and the liberal media needs to quit lumping these people with church-going catholics.

If that's the case, there goes the "vast majority are conservative voters" argument....

LifeSiteNews recently reported the unsurprising findings of a poll commissioned by The Washington Post and ABC stating that a majority of American Catholics are in favor of abortion in “all or most cases.”
-- from the thread Why you shouldn’t blame the clergy that a majority of Catholics support abortion

The disagreement over Notre Dame and Obama is essentially the same as the disagreement among clashing American Catholic camps over the issue of the moral and legal status of abortion itself. In fact, 61 percent of the “attend less often” Catholics believe that abortion rights should be protected in all or most cases, as opposed to 30 percent (still an interesting number) among the “attend weekly” Catholics.
— from the thread Those consistently complex “Catholic voters”

They may call themselves Catholics, and they may even go to Mass, but when it comes to life choices they are virtually indistinguishable from everyone else in America. They don’t live radical Christianity out in any real sort of way. Their lives look just like the lives of their worldly neighbors. They don’t give any more than the average joe. They seem just as likely to divorce their spouses, have only 2.5 children as their non Catholic neighbors and they seem just as materialistic as everyone else. They attend church if they feel like it, but if there’s a weekend football game or the call of the beach house they’re just as likely to respond to that demand. When it comes to voting, they’ll vote as they wish according to wherever they get their opinions from–TV, the newspaper, the mass media–just like their neighbors. The one source they won’t consider when informing their vote is their priests and bishops.
— from the thread Catholic Vote?

Are Catholics now so “successfully” assimilated into American political life that they are without political impact—that there really is no such thing as a “Catholic vote”? Unfortunately enough, Catholics are largely indistinguishable from non-Catholics and, despite a few pundits, no, there really is no “Catholic vote.” This obvious conclusion—clear enough from the fact that the vote for the winning candidates in the last national election was approximately the same for Catholics and non-Catholics—has serious current implications....

....Compare two lists: According to the USCCB, the five most Catholic states, in population, are: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. According to the American Life League, the states with the most pro-life legislation (i.e., inhibiting abortion in various ways) are: Oklahoma, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Texas. This is a shocker. In short, there is no Catholic political impact in support of life in those states reportedly having the most Catholics. As Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia put it, after the 2008 election, “[w]e need to stop overcounting our numbers, our influence, our institutions, and our resources, because they are not real.”
— from the thread The Mythical Catholic Vote: The Harmful Consequences of Political Assimilation


38 posted on 08/16/2013 7:49:23 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Thus, my opponent's argument falls.")
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To: ansel12

Pro-abortion politicians have excommunicated themselves from the Catholic Church. Don’t bother me anymore with your constant putdowns of anything and everything Catholic.


39 posted on 08/16/2013 10:41:05 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Alex Murphy

No devout Catholic is for abortion. Now the same can’t be said for those protestant churches that are overfilled each and every weekend. Especially the black ones.


40 posted on 08/16/2013 10:43:29 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: HawkHogan

Ours too. But there are those on FR who think that we are all Nancy Pelosi.

Most people in our parish do not receive in the hand, and there are quite a few who kneel to receive (many of them under the age of 30).

But we are all Democrats, don’t you know? People on FR tell me so ;)

What do I know? I am just a CCD teacher for two grades and my husband is a Knight. I have two kids who serve on Sundays and I am a regular participant in anti-abortion activities.

But I am a liberal because Nancy Pelosi is and she’s Catholic. ;)


41 posted on 08/16/2013 10:53:49 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: NKP_Vet
No devout Catholic is for abortion. Now the same can’t be said for those protestant churches that are overfilled each and every weekend. Especially the black ones.


42 posted on 08/16/2013 11:00:51 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Thus, my opponent's argument falls.")
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To: NKP_Vet
Don't get personal and start making things up, I haven't attacked anything Catholic.

If you want to attack the Catholic church and the Vatican and the Pope and the world of political vote polling for not obeying you about your personal feelings upon seeing fellow celebrated Catholics such as Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and Biden etc. being greeted by their Pope and taking communion at the Vatican itself, and receiving elegant Catholic funerals, then take that up with the Catholic church, the Pope, and the pollsters, not me.

This thread is about a 65 year old life long democrat Bishop, a supporter of the party of Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, and Biden, and of all the other masses of pro-abortion Catholic democrats, a Roman Catholic Bishop.

The Catholic Church buries abortion hero, Senator Ted Kennedy.
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43 posted on 08/16/2013 12:28:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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