Weighing the Catholic Vote in 2012

Right From the Start

I am a practicing Roman Catholic. I use the term “practicing” to contrast myself with the likes of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), deceased Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Patti Murray (D-WA), and Sen. Marie Cantwell (D-WA) who are nominal Catholics because they have chosen to worship at the alter of abortion on demand in the Democrat platform rather than the Catholic Church’s teachings.

According to the National Catholic Register there are about 72 Million Catholics in America. They account for about twenty-four percent of all Americans. They cover the spectrum of rich and poor, young and old and married and single. They are Black and White and Hispanic and Asian. They find their origins on every continent on Earth.

Based on the last presidential election we also know that nearly 52 percent of those Catholics that voted are either stupid, naïve or care more about abortion on demand than they do about the teachings of the Catholic Church. I choose to believe that most are incredibly naïve (including any number of the clergy.) The fifty-two percent represents, based on exit polling, the number of self-identified Catholics voting for President Barack Obama in the last election.

These are the Catholics and clergy who supported Mr. Obama despite his well documented and unbroken succession of voting in favor of abortion on demand, including one vote in the Illinois legislature that would have allowed the killing of a fetus born alive after commencement of an abortion procedure.

These are the Catholics and clergy that supported Mr. Obama despite his well publicized promise that the first piece of legislation that he would sign upon assuming the presidency would be the Freedom of Choice Act which mandated abortions for minor children without parental notification or support and would deny an “act of conscience” to Catholic hospitals and Catholic medical professionals. In other words, under the provisions of this Act, the licensing of medical facilities and personnel will be at risk if they refuse, as an act of conscience, to perform abortions on demand. (Fortunately that legislation never reached Mr. Obama’s desk, but he has been quietly implementing most of its provisions through executive orders.

These are the Catholics and clergy who continued to support Mr. Obama after he promised during a speech at Notre Dame University that he would work to make abortion rare while at the same time he was rescinding executive orders from former President George W. Bush that banned federal funding to international groups that promote and perform abortions.

These are the Catholics and clergy who continued to support Mr. Obama despite his meeting with Pope Benedict at which Obama promised to do everything possible to reduce the number of abortions while at the same time he dispatched his representatives to the United Nations to argue that abortion on demand was a fundamental right for women and should be recognized universally.

These are the Catholics and clergy who have justified their support of Mr. Obama (as well as other liberal Democrats) on the false notion that abortion cannot be viewed in isolation but rather in “proportionality.” In other words if a politicians or party supports other issues related to social justice, one can overlook the promotion of abortion on demand.

These views are unequivocally and diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict, the College of Cardinals and the Catholic Bishops have stated unequivocally the two critical elements to the Church’s position on politicians and abortion. First, the faithful may not support those who advocate abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research. There is a consistency in these positions – opposition to the taking of innocent human life. Second, that there is not proportionality in the Church’s opposition to these. In other words, there is not a balancing of a politician’s position on other matters of human rights – these are absolutes.

All of this arises again because of a recent administrative order from the Obama Administration that mandates that contraception be included in virtually all health plans provided by religious-affiliated institutions to their employees. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is quoted as saying:

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences. . .

“To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.”

And make no mistake, if the rules imposed by the Obama Administration stand, Catholic institutions will be required to withdraw healthcare plans for the employees rather than violate their own conscience.

In the end, there are two significant questions to be answered in this presidential election cycle. First, will the Catholic Church vigorously educate its members about the error of “proportionality” and the absolutes about supporting those who advocate for abortion on demand? And second, will the faithful having received that education, respond by denying Mr. Obama their votes. In truth, Mr. Obama cannot be re-elected without the Catholic vote.

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  • DrPhil

    I hope the Catholics are as upset as they should be. I truly do.

  • Jan

    The Church needs to say no to this mandate, if it means and end to federal contracts and reimbursements, so be it.  If the Church caves to this mandate, it is the end of the Catholic faith for me.

    I knew this day would come when government started funding Church programs.  It was a slippery slope and we are slidding down the hill.  Every Chruch receiving public funds will tow the line or pay the price – who could not see this coming?

  • Bob Clark

    Would be nice if the Catholic Church were to join the review of ObamaCare now before the U.S Supreme Court, or at least press their case to the justices through whatever means possible as the Court does its review this Spring.

    I am not so optimistic about the Catholic Church swaying their members to reverse their Democrat Party allegiance in the highest political office in this land.  Heck many of the Catholics I associate with have very little respect for the free enterprise system and free choice.  What’s worse they’ve allowed government to take out much of one of their key functions, providing a safety net for those less fortunate.  Instead churches of all denominations look to the government to force charity at the end of the government’s gun barrel.  Many Churches have changed from the days of my youth to being today mostly a pro-big-government force.

  • 3H

     Freedom of Choice Act which mandated abortions for minor children without parental notification or support…”

    The Freedom of Choice Act does not mandate abortions.  

  • valley person

    Newt Gingrich is a practicing Catholic. Enough said.

  • valley person

    Newt Gingrich is a practicing Catholic. Enough said.

  • Guest

    Okay, so Larry, you define “practicing Catholic” as those who agree with the Church on one issue. But do you agree with the Church on all issues?

    Do you oppose capital punishment, as the Church does? Have you condemned Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for their race-baiting, as the Church has?

    And how about those 10 Commandments? Judging by your previous post, you seem perfectly willing to bear false witness.

    That’s mighty ballsy of you, taking upon yourself the role of arbiter of who is a real Catholic and who is not.

  • Bookbinder45

    Don’t you see that you are being controlled by a sound bite, a non-issue? Propaganda dealers/think tanks brought abortion and gay rights to the table in the 60’s as a way to control voters. When the president offers healthcare for the poor- someone screams “abortion” and Washington wastes over a year arguing -resulting in weak legislation which helps fewer citizens. 

    Where is the trust and faith of the Catholic Church? If a person follows the faith, they will not do what is against that faith. This is a non issue and results in situations such as the 2012 election where a man trying to unite a country runs against (the current front runner) an adulterer. Hmm sounds familiar. Didn’t we see this show in 2008? And who does the Catholic Church back? The adulterer. Obama does not “support” abortion (as you can see in several youtube recorded interviews), he is against the government deciding.

    But it’s all about life, you say. The church supported Bush, who started 2 wars resulting in the deaths and maiming of thousands of military men and women and close to a million Iraqis and Afghans. A man purporting to be Christian with the world on his side, chose not to turn the other cheek or even to create a coalition to go after just the wrongdoers, but to shock and awe two nations- doing more damage than the dictators who ran them.

    What bothers me the most is this attack on women. The government can take the life of a criminal, the military can take the life of anyone the government deems dangerous. Yet a woman has no right to choose. Is a fertilized egg more important than a child I have loved and nurtured for 18+ years? Now the issue is contraception. Please explain to me the difference between a pill, a thermometer, and a vow of chastity. Not having babies is not having babies no matter how you look at it!

    Let’s face it, what is the future of women should contraception become illegal? Who will hire a woman during her childbearing years when it would be less expensive to hire a man who needs no time off for birth or childhood illnesses?

    It is not the government’s job to make Christians, it is the Church’s. Instead of attacking the morals of women, perhaps more self reflection is called for.

  • Had there been no religion less people would have died. So what really is the deal.

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