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  • ‘THE SISTERHOOD: BECOMING NUNS’ PORTRAYS THE ‘REALITY’ OF RELIGIOUS LIFE

    11/28/2014 10:28:21 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 27, 2014 | KATE O'HARE
    Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.”Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a Lifetime reality show (premiering Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT), but they’re both the stories of emotional, expressive young women dealing with the notion of becoming a Bride of Christ.Granted, Therese would never have done anything like “twerking,” as does one of the five young...
  • For White Catholic Voters, 2014 Exit Polls Showed a Surge

    11/11/2014 5:36:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 40 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 11, 2014 | Mark Stricherz
    White Catholic voters have gone through many transformations over the last half century, from died-in-the wool Democrats to ticket-splitting Reagan Democrats to dependable Republicans. In the elections last Tuesday, they went through a change less political than demographic: They were the fastest growing segment not only among those who identify with a religious denomination but also those who don’t. ... Overall, at 19 percent, white Catholics made up nearly as large a slice of the religious and non-religious electorate as secular and religious minorities combined at 20 percent. Catholic voters overall made up a larger part of the electorate Tuesday,...
  • Why do some Catholics vote Democrat? (Vanity)

    08/01/2014 5:41:40 PM PDT · by Thorliveshere · 100 replies
    Vanity | 08-01-2014 | Me
    I have a co-worker I've known for many years (10), and all this time, from how spoke out against abortion, homosexuality & gay marriage, common sense, drugs, and so many other progressive ideals, that I assumed she was a Republican, until today. We got onto the topic of class warfare and poverty. Well.. I was stunned to find that she supported the Democrats wholly on this, that was the only reason she did, that the fact they supported everything else she stood against, didn't matter. Republicans, Conservatives, and especially the Tea Party were liars and were rich and hated the...
  • Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP

    06/16/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a Roman Catholic? Or that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a Southern Baptist, not a Latino Catholic? Or that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio worships at both a Catholic parish and an evangelical church? More importantly, does it matter? Actually, it does in today’s Republican Party, where a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. These prominent Republicans are emblematic of the new religious amalgam that, in many instances, has helped refashion denominational differences that were once almost insurmountable. Look no further than...
  • Is Pope Francis Good for the Democrats? Obama in the Vatican

    03/29/2014 8:44:04 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    truthdig ^ | 3/29/14 | Juan Cole
    Could enormous popularity of Pope Francis spill over into American politics? Pope Francis is worried about inequality, a Democratic Party issue, and his statements and actions on the subject are a stunning rebuke to “evangelical Catholics” such as Paul Ryan, who tend rather to celebrate economic inequality or to deny it or to blame the victims. On the other hand, Francis is worried about Obamacare forcing Catholic institutions to pay for birth control for their employees, against their will. The real reason Joe Biden is vice president is that the Democratic Party has a White Catholic problem. Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans and...
  • Obama Uses Pope to Recapture Cool

    03/27/2014 2:32:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: According to media reports, President Obama met with Pope Francis for 52 minutes in the Vatican. Obama didn't intend to show up there. He looked at the word quickly and thought it said "vacation." And when they were pulling up to St. Peter's, Obama said (impersonating Obama), "What -- what -- what -- what are we doing here?" "Sir, you said you wanted to come to the Vatican." "No, I said vacation." So once they were there, they were committed. Giant entourage shows up at the Vatican. So Obama went in there, and he met with Pope...
  • Obama meets Pope Francis, looks for Catholic boost

    03/26/2014 8:18:08 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Tangi Quemener, Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere
    Vatican City (AFP) - Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home. The talks between the first Latin-American pope and first African-American US president will focus on tackling the gap between the rich and the poor, but are likely to spill over into thornier issues such as abortion, homosexuals and contraception. The meeting at the Vatican comes as a welcome rest-stop for Obama during a six-day European tour dominated by the crisis over Crimea, and the US...
  • “Wonderful meeting you,” Obama tells Francis

    03/27/2014 5:56:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | March 27, 2014
    The 50 minute meeting between Pope Francis and Barack Obama has ended. The President commented on how wonderful it was to be in the Vatican again “It is a great honour. I'm a great admirer. Thank you so much for receiving me,” the US President, Barack Obama said at the start of his meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The meeting lasted just under one hour (from 10:28 to 11:20). After this, the Pope was introduced to the President’s entourage and gifts were exchanged between the two leaders. The two were then photographed as per custom and...
  • Catholics and Democrats in Chicago: Hanging on for Dear Life

    01/30/2014 9:35:37 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2014 | Robert Klein Engler
    [SNIP] The Catholic Church in Chicago, with its base of working-class, European parishioners was overwhelmed by the events of the Civil Rights movement. The Church hierarchy decided to follow the Democrats who preached integration while going along with those parishioners who fled the city and in doing so, caused more racial segregation. The transformation of St. Rita high school and chapel in Chicago, and the destruction of the Englewood neighborhood, remain a classic examples of this duplicity. Although the Democrats and Catholics who run Chicago, talked about civil rights and social justice, Chicago is still the most segregated city in...
  • Why are Catholics Democrats?

    01/30/2014 7:15:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 126 replies
    The Secular Right ^ | October 30, 2009 | David Hume
    Norman Podhortez just came out with a book, Why Are Jews Liberals?. It seems that this as intellectually interesting as writing a book, “Why are blacks Democrats?”, would be. You can tick off specific reasons, but in ethnic terms American liberalism and the Democratic party is a minoritarian coalition. To some extent it has been true since the recruitment of the Irish in the urban North in the early 19th century as allies with the outnumbered partisans of slave power. In fact The American Jewish Identity Survey tells us that once Jews become Christian, they aren’t so liberal. Here are the...
  • Cuomo to Catholics: You’re Not Welcome in NY

    01/19/2014 6:34:38 PM PST · by NYer · 58 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 19, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    Editor’s Note: On Sundays we usually try to focus on spiritual matters, but this column deals with such a direct and serious threat that we thought it urgent to bring it to you today. – Robert Royal    I was born in New York State and have lived here for more than 61 years. During that time I have paid plenty in state and local taxes and have served the public in a number of capacities including two terms as Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.I am also a Catholic and a member of...
  • Terry McAuliffe's Anti-Catholic Campaign

    10/30/2013 4:50:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    There may be no more misleading newspaper sentence in the Virginia governor's race than this one from reporter Carol Morello in the Oct. 26 Washington Post: "The two major-party candidates running for governor in Virginia are both practicing Catholics." The Post did not ask McAuliffe where near his home in Fairfax County he attends church every Sunday and holy day of obligation, which is part of the definition of a "practicing Catholic." When radio show host Hugh Hewitt pressed him in 2007 about his church attendance after McAuliffe repeatedly cited his "Irish Catholic" bona fides in his autobiography "What a...
  • From Works of Mercy to Voter Fraud

    04/20/2013 3:53:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 18, 2012 | George Neumayr
    Burying the dead is a work of mercy. So, too, is voting for them, according to Sister Marguerite Kloos. Or at least that’s what she thought last year until Ohio investigators nabbed her for an act of voter fraud. This week she plead guilty to the charge of voting twice, acknowledging that she forged the signature of a deceased nun, Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, on an absentee ballot.“When the absentee ballot was received at Ms. Hewitt’s address, (Kloos) opened the envelope, forged Ms. Hewitt’s signature, voted Ms. Hewitt’s ballot, and mailed the ballot back to the Board of Elections,” according...
  • (NY Governor) Cuomo’s extreme abortion bill creates a civil war with Democrats, Catholics

    01/21/2013 4:08:44 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 18, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    ALBANY, January 18, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – By promoting one of the most expansive abortion bills in American history, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has opened a civil war on two fronts: with his church and with elements of his own party. Cuomo is pushing for a massive expansion of access to abortion in the state, including lifting restrictions on third-trimester abortions, allowing non-doctors to perform the procedure, and enshrining a fundamental right to “terminate a pregnancy” in New York state law. Democrats for Life of America deemed the proposed bill “the most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation.” The Democratic...
  • Despite ‘war on Catholics,’ faculty & staff at Catholic universities gave overwhelmingly to Obama

    12/03/2012 6:18:49 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 62 replies
    Ninety-one percent of faculty and administrators from America’s top Catholic universities who contributed to presidential campaigns in 2012 gave to President Obama, a Campus Reform investigation has revealed. The strong support for President Obama from Catholic schools came despite Democrats’ controversial health care legislation which could force employers to provide contraception for employees even though it is explicitly forbidden under Catholic doctrine.
  • 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...
  • Why did Romney lose the Catholic vote? Look no further than USCCB head Cardinal Dolan of NYC

    11/20/2012 11:31:17 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 21 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The election of New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, to lead the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was seen as a very hopeful sign by many who are concerned with the state the Catholic Church in America. I was one of those hopeful Catholics, but alas I have had my nose rubbed in reality: Cardinal Dolan has proved to be little more than an affable dupe at best ; a dangerously misguided classic liberal at worst. During the lead up to the presidential election Cardinal Dolan essentially abandoned the effort to bring...
  • Religious conservatives’ uphill battle (Obama won the total Catholic vote by a small margin)

    11/16/2012 9:34:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/16/2012 | Michael Gerson
    The Catholic Church — a politically and ethnically sprawling institution — has no natural home on the American ideological spectrum. Neither major party combines moral conservatism with a passion for social justice. So Catholic leaders have often challenged Democrats to be more pro-life and Republicans to be more concerned about immigrants and the poor. But President Obama’s first term was a period of unexpected aggression against the rights of religious institutions. His Justice Department, in the Hosanna-Tabor case, argued against the existence of any “ministerial exception” to employment rules. Obama tried to mandate that Catholic schools, hospitals and charities offer...
  • 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...
  • The Majority of Cardinal Dolan's Seminarians Are Pro-Abortion

    11/13/2012 10:30:37 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 119 replies
    Eyewitness | 121113 | Arthur McGowan
    On November 4, 2012, a debate was held at St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie, N.Y. At the end of the debate, out of 52 seminarians, 19 voted for Romney. Cardinal Dolan lectures his fellow bishops on the need for "conversion," while he is running a seminary in which a majority of the seminarians are pro-abortion.
  • Vatican Digs in After Gay Marriage Advances

    11/11/2012 6:16:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    AP ^ | 11/10/11 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. In a front-page article in Saturday's Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the Holy See sought to frame itself as the lone voice of courage in opposing initiatives to give same-sex couples legal recognition. In a separate Vatican Radio editorial, the pope's spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents don't now push for legal recognition for polygamous couples as well. Catholic teaching holds...
  • Some Thoughts On The Catholic Vote

    11/09/2012 9:46:30 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 64 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | November 9, 2012 | Bill Donohue
    Catholics are a quarter of the electorate, and they voted for Obama over Romney by the same margin as the total electorate, 50%-48%. Contrary to what many pundits are saying, this suggests that the bishops’ campaign for religious liberty, waged against the Health and Human Services mandate, actually paid off: Obama got 54% of the Catholic vote in 2008 to McCain’s 45%. Some commentators talk about the Catholic vote as if it were monolithic, and others say it doesn’t exist. It would be more accurate to say there are four Catholic votes: practicing and non-practicing; white and Latino. Among practicing...
  • Obama’s collision with the Catholic Church is 'assured,' Fr. Pavone says

    11/08/2012 12:39:43 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 7, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    CHICAGO, November 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  President Obama’s re-election sets up a looming clash with people of faith over abortion, marriage, and the implementation of government-controlled health care –a fight the pro-life movement has vowed to carry out by defying the president, reforming an increasingly unfriendly Republican Party, and building a culture of life that transcends the boundaries of politics. A second Obama term means “the collision course of the Obama administration with the Catholic Church…is assured,” said Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life after the election. He was outraged by the fact that a majority of his fellow...
  • Evangelicals and Church Going Catholic Voters Favor Romney by Wide Margins

    11/08/2012 10:27:21 AM PST · by Tired of Taxes · 27 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | 11-7-12 | Jeff Walton
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- White Catholics, Evangelicals and other Protestant voters appear to have returned to their 2004 party voting preferences in 2012, according to two polls released following Tuesday's voting. Exit polling released through CNN revealed Protestant Christians (including evangelicals and Mainliners of all races), who made up 53 percent of the electorate, voted 42 percent for President Barack Obama and 57 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Catholics were 25 percent of the electorate, voting 50 percent for Obama and 48 percent for Romney. Frequency of attendance at religious services revealed a significant gap...
  • Obama won Catholic vote, regular churchgoers chose Romney

    11/07/2012 3:27:11 PM PST · by NYer · 85 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 7, 2012 | Diogenes
    President Barack Obama won a slim majority of votes from self-identified Catholics, according to exit polls conduct by CNN. The polls shows that 50% of voters who identified themselves as Catholics voted for Obama, and 48% for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The CNN poll did not distinguish between active and lapsed Catholics. Protestant voters swung heavily toward Romney, the CNN polls showed, with 57% choosing the Republican and only 42% voting to re-elect Obama. The initial reports on the CNN exit polls did not distinguish among the different Protestant denominations. Among voters who said they had no religious affiliation, Obama...
  • (Arlington VA) Bishop Loverde's pre-election letter

    11/02/2012 4:07:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 10/31/12 | Bishop Paul S. Loverde
    My brothers and sisters in Christ, With Election Day now a week away, I take this final opportunity to urge you all to vote in these very important national elections. As I have communicated to you in columns, letters, homilies and statements over the past months, we as Catholics are confronted with grave challenges to our beliefs as baptized and confirmed members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Indeed, we know that we face serious threats to our very ability to practice and live our faith in our communities as full citizens. We are first Catholics, not Democrats...
  • Catholics Turn on the One

    11/02/2012 8:33:44 PM PDT · by Rob in Arizona · 71 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | Nov. 1, 2012 | Joel B. Pollack
    Catholic voters have reason to feel particularly aggrieved, given the Obama administration’s battle with the Catholic church over the mandate in Obamacare that employers cover abortion drugs and contraceptives. Those grievances came to the fore particularly sharply in mid-October, after the Vice Presidential debate between incumbent Democrat Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan (both Catholics). Ryan brought up the conflict between the administration and the church over Obamacare: “They're infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals.” Biden’s response was total denial: With regard to the assault on the...
  • Is It a Sin to Vote for Democrats?

    10/29/2012 9:31:19 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 69 replies
    The Peter Heck Show ^ | 10-29-12 | Peter Heck
    With the recent proclamation of a Green Bay bishop that Christians who vote for someone supporting the gay or abortion agenda is putting their soul in jeopardy, there’s been an increase in the amount of email in my inbox asking my take on whether it is a sin for Christians to be Democrats. I think a lot of people assume this is a difficult subject for me to address. I hate to disappoint them, but it’s not. I recently read an article from a self-proclaimed “Christian Democrat” explaining why they would be voting for Obama, and to a larger degree,...
  • Dem Tries to Bully Bishop Into Shutting Up

    10/25/2012 1:45:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | October 25, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    This is rich. A Catholic Democrat state Senator decides the Church is wrong on issues such as abortion, euthanasia, same-sex "marriage" and embryonic stem cell research. Then, not only does the "Catholic" politician say the Church is wrong, but he puts it out there that it may be illegal for the Church to talk about those issues precisely because they disagree with his political stances.The San Francisco Gate: A Democratic state senator says a letter meant for reading at North Dakota Roman Catholic church services is intended to support Republicans. Fargo Sen. Tim Mathern says the letter could jeopardize the...
  • Obama wins most of the headlines on polls, but loses the internals the TIPP poll is no different

    10/24/2012 12:23:01 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 7 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | October 24, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
    Tuesday’s IBD/TIPP 2012 Presidential Election Daily Tracking Poll (TIPP), released just before the last debate, was another example of a headline that was not supported by its accompanying message. While TIPP showed Barack Obama beating Mitt Romney 47.4%/ 43.4% that leaves 9.8 points of undecided. The statistical reality is that 80% of the undecided vote will go to the challenger giving Romney 51.24%; but it gets worse for Obama. Obama wins the Northeast 48/40 but the 10% undecided will change a region that should be “locked up” into one requiring attention. TIPP also shows Obama’s numbers with all age groups...
  • The Al Smith Dinner and the Martyrs’ Te Deum: Fisking Cardinal Dolan’s Speech

    10/20/2012 7:52:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | 10/20/12 | Father George David Byers
    Yikes! V’s graphic at V’s sanctepater.com. Now, just to say…The Al Smith Dinner was the un-Last Supper, in which the littlest ones, the un-born, were made all so un-important, you know, those un-born, who were ideologized as those who were mere differences in political platforms to be set aside for the evening’s jocular tyranny of relativism…Sure, those littlest ones among us were given a wink and a nod of solidarity, but that only played into the hands of the number one enemy of the Church in the world today. The cameras never panned to the floor. Had they done so, you would have seen that...
  • Al Smith dinner includes religious freedom references amid humor

    10/19/2012 1:23:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | October 19, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    President Barack Obama, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laugh at the Oct. 18, 2012 Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images News/ New York City, N.Y., Oct 19, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An annual Catholic fundraising dinner with both major presidential candidates provided a night of laughter, as well as reminders of the Church’s battle to defend its religious freedom against the federal contraception mandate. Al Smith, former New York governor and the namesake of the charity dinner, believed that government should aid those in need by “partnering with family, church,...
  • Biden and Ryan Represent Different Generations of Catholics

    10/19/2012 6:56:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/19/12 | Elise Ehrhard
    The past four years have witnessed a battle between different generations of Catholics in public life—Generation X Catholics have taken a very different path from Baby Boomer Catholics and those born before the boomers. Generation X Catholics have emerged prominently in the Republican Party. Many who were mentioned this year on Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential short list were Gen X Catholics—Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio. They were given prominent spots at the Republican National Convention (Jindal could not attend because of Hurricane Isaac). They continue to elicit excitement as the “future” of the Republican Party and conservatism...
  • Latino Catholics Strongly Favor Obama, Latino Evangelicals More Divided

    10/18/2012 10:33:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    sys-con media ^ | October 18, 2012
    Latinos are divided by religion in their preferences in the upcoming presidential election, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Three-quarters of Latino Catholics (73%) and eight-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Latinos (82%) support President Barack Obama's re-election. However, among Latino evangelical Protestants, who account for 16% of all Latino registered voters, just 50% prefer Obama, while 39% support his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.These same patterns are reflected in Latinos' partisan affiliations. Eight-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Latino voters (who make up 15% of the Latino electorate) and seven-in-ten Latino Catholics (57% of the Latino electorate) are Democrats or lean toward the Democratic...
  • Catholics now moving toward Romney, really? Gee what an honest poll can tell us!

    10/17/2012 6:26:26 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Oct. 17, 2012 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    In 2004 I ran the field operations for Catholics Against Kerry (CaK). We worked hard at the grassroots level in Ohio Pennsylvania and New Mexico among other states. During the last 10 days of the campaign we saturated the Youngstown Ohio/ New Castle Pennsylvania area with dozens of radio spots every day that brought home the point that John Kerry was a phony “Catholic” who supported abortion on demand. The political wisdom about Youngstown’s importance to the final tally in Ohio is that a Democrat MUST get more than 65% in Youngstown or he will not win Ohio. Al Gore...
  • Catholic voters target of aggressive push [BG Poll Active Catholics: R 59 O 36]

    10/15/2012 4:12:22 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Politco ^ | 10/15/12 | GINGER GIBSON |
    Catholic voters target of aggressive push By: Ginger Gibson October 15, 2012 12:19 PM EDT A group of conservative Catholics led by a former George W. Bush campaign staffer is engaging in a highly-targeted effort to turn out regular Mass attendees in swing states on Election Day.The most aggressive efforts are being waged in Ohio, where organizer Leonard Leo — the former Catholic outreach director for the 2004 George W. Bush campaign — and a group called The Catholic Association is trying to move the needle toward Mitt Romney.Catholics as a voting demographic tend to be a bellwether group...
  • What Catholics and like- minded Christians ought to consider before they vote next month

    10/14/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 29 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | October 14, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    While it has been said about every election since 2000, this really is THE MOST IMPORTANT election in our lives and the history of our nation. Americans will vote for or against the candidates for President for a variety of reasons. Catholics and like- minded Christians who will vote based strictly on economic reasons would do well by considering why they should make Christian values the ultimate factor in deciding factor in how they will vote. True Christianity requires you to yield and put your opinion aside in certain areas of life. Christian doctrine on fundamentals such as the sanctity...
  • (Archbishop) Chaput: Don’t Let Biden Get Away With Misleading on HHS Mandate

    10/14/2012 3:05:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | October 14, 2012 | Deal Hudson
    Nearly 500 people packed the gymnasium at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania late Saturday afternoon to hear Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap address the issue of Catholics in politics.Archbishop Chaput spoke for about 45 minutes, followed by eight questions from the audience. The last question was from a Catholic woman who described herself as a “conservative” who asked the Archbishop why so many Catholics were “liberal.” His answer typified the Archbishop’s manner and message:“I call you as a Catholic, to forget about the labels, be a liberal sometimes, a conservative sometimes, but a Catholic first.”The Archbishop...
  • Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 25. Substance and Smirks

    10/12/2012 7:01:52 AM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/12/12 | Deal W Hudson and keith A Fournier
    Thursday evening's debate between the vice presidential candidates was historic... Never before have both vice presidential candidates professed membership in the Catholic Church and claimed with pride the name Catholic as an accurate description of their Christian faith. Yes, both Ryan and Biden profess the Catholic faith. However, there is a certain irony in the timing of their debate. On the day when Pope Benedict XVI commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council - and presided over the opening of the Year of Faith - the two Catholic participants in this political debate show the stark contrast right...
  • Biden, Ryan Talk Abortion, Catholic Social Teaching in Vice-Presidential Debate

    10/12/2012 6:31:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/11/12 | Jeannine Hunter
    During their only debate this campaign season Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) discussed how their Catholic beliefs have shaped their views on abortion. “Please talk about how you came to that decision,” asked debate moderator Martha Raddatz, ABC’s senior foreign correspondent. “Talk about how your religion played a part in that. And, please, this is such an emotional issue for so many people in this country. In the only debate between the candidates, Biden and Ryan discussed their views on domestic issues such as the economy, foreign policy and the role of the vice...
  • Ryan to Biden: If You’re Protecting Catholics, Why Are They Suing You?

    10/12/2012 6:27:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | October 12, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Paul Ryan had perhaps the question of the night when he challenged pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden on the issue of the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs.During the debate, Ryan brought up the controversial mandate that pro-life groups oppose.“What troubles me more is how this administration has handled all of these issues. Look at what they’re doing through Obamacare with respect to assaulting the religious liberties of this country. They’re infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals,” he explained. “Our church should not have...
  • Biden vs. Ryan VP Debate to Present Two Different Catholic Worldviews

    10/09/2012 12:40:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/09/2012 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    Thursday's vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan at Centre College in Danville, Ky., will focus on domestic and foreign policy issues, while also pitting one self-professed Catholic against another. The vice presidential debate follows last week's first presidential debate that was focused on the economy, where most critics agreed that GOP candidate Mitt Romney held the edge over President Barack Obama. Many have suggested that this is now Biden's opportunity to push the Obama campaign back on track, and even Ryan has said he expects Biden to launch a fierce attack against him....
  • Obama Supporters' Dirty Tricks to Win the Catholic Vote

    09/28/2012 6:47:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    US News ^ | September 27, 2012
    Catholics are a key demographic in the upcoming election. In fact, they may be the key demographic. In most every presidential contest since the end of World War II, the candidate who carried the Catholic vote won the election. Over time they have, as a bloc, become more conservative and more Republican in their voting patterns (they were once a major component of the Democrats' presidential coalition) as concerns over settled issues like the morality of abortion overtook in importance concerns about unsettled issues like the best way to secure social justice for the poor and the downtrodden.Much has...
  • Notre Dame Invites President Obama Again

    09/25/2012 11:28:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 9/24/12 | CNS Staff
    Despite Catholic outrage over the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 invitation to President Barack Obama to address its graduates, the University has again invited the President to speak on campus as a candidate for reelection. From the Notre Dame news release: The University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and student body president Brett Rocheleau have joined in inviting both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney to speak at the University during the fall election campaign.Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed letters to each of the presidential aspirants, offering Notre...
  • Why Tom Smith’s campaign is a sign of trouble for Obama in Pennsylvania

    09/24/2012 11:17:54 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 14 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2012 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    During the lead up to the Senate vote on Obamacare all eyes were on a few rare Democrats who Pro-Lifers hoped would stand up against the Democrats’ culture of death and vote NO because of the sections mandating faith based hospitals to commit abortions. Pennsylvania Democrat Senator and putative Catholic Bob Casey was one of those quislings who talked a good game about being as pro-life but ultimately became the 60th and decisive vote to pass Obamacare. By doing this Casey forced his Church, the Roman Catholic Church, to face either closing its hospitals or knuckling under and committing abortions....
  • Catholics, moving to the right?

    09/23/2012 1:43:05 PM PDT · by Vinylly · 43 replies
    Seattle, WA is extreamly liberal, think -Boston liberal. Yesterday St. Benidicts in the Wallingford community was celebrating their annual 'Borkwurst' Festival to raise money for their school. I wore a 2 1/2"X 3 1/2" pen I made up on my computor that said: 'ROMNEY: God, Freedom, and Prosperity. Obama: Socialism, Slavery, and $20 TRILLION Debt.' As I walked around the playground with our family, I recieved quite a few requests to take a picture of my sign with their i-pods. One girl said she wanted to send the pic. to her dad to prove that not everybody in Wallingford was...
  • Catholic Conundrum: What's an Anti-Abortion, Pro-Immigrant Voter to Do?

    09/13/2012 8:28:28 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 85 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | Sep 13 2012 | Monica Alonzo
    ....religious-minded Americans also have to reconcile conflicting stances on political views within the church itself. For example, both Mormon and Catholic doctrines preach anti-abortion and traditional family values that align with the Republican way. At the same time, church leaders also publicly adopted a Democrat-esque, humane approach to immigration enforcement, inccluding a path to citizenship. [SNIP] The conversation also is about immigration and church officials' views that politicians should adopt a more tolerant view of the presence of immigrants. The softer stance stems from a growing number of undocumented immigrants converting to Mormonism — an estimated 70 percent of Latino...
  • The Myth and Reality of the Catholic Vote [Three Types: Latino, Intentional and Cultural Catholics?]

    02/25/2012 6:05:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | February 25, 2012 | Stephen S. Schneck
    The Myth and Reality of the Catholic Vote Editor's Note: Stephen S. Schneck is director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. By Stephen S. Schneck, Special to CNN For years, pollsters and political scientists have been stumped about Catholics. On one hand, it’s been pretty clear that as American Catholics go, so goes the nation. George W. Bush narrowly won the Catholic vote in 2004 and won a second term. Barack Obama narrowly won the Catholic vote in 2008 and, with it, the White House. It’s easy to see why Catholics...
  • Poll: Obama holds 8-point lead over Romney among Catholic voters

    09/13/2012 9:41:26 AM PDT · by wmfights · 89 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/2012 | Neil Munro
    A new poll by a Catholic advocacy group shows President Barack Obama has a slight lead over Gov. Mitt Romney among non-Hispanic Catholics, despite the stalled economy and his 2012 establishment of church regulations requiring them to fund contraception and abortion-related services that they abhor. The poll of 2,629 likely Catholic voters, an unusually large sample, showed that 46.5 percent of non-Hispanic Catholics support Obama, while 45.6 percent support Romney. The poll was commissioned by The Catholic Association, and it showed Obama getting 49 percent of Catholics overall, including those of Hispanic descent. Only 41 percent support Romney, while 10...
  • The Decline and Fall of Catholic Democrats? (Sister Simone says abortion is above her pay grade)

    09/11/2012 7:07:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/11/2012 | Stephen P. White
    Sister Simone Campbell has become a minor celebrity over the last few months. Her 15 minutes began back in April when her social-justice lobbying outfit, NETWORK, earned a rare public rebuke from the Vatican for, ironically, its inadequate understanding of social justice. Capitalizing on the fawning media attention she received, Sister Simone and a few of her fellow progressive friends embarked on a highly publicized bus tour of the Midwest — Nuns on the Bus, they called it — during which they slammed Paul Ryan’s budget for being incompatible with Catholic social teaching. Sister Simone’s crusade against Paul Ryan has...