I'm surrounded by super-fit bodies in athletic gear as I drive over the Walnut Street Bridge for a local program on a global topic -- the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For a third year, the Ironman endurance event transforms the Scenic City of Chattanooga, the smallest of the major cities in Tennessee.
As a Catholic, I've largely crafted my political beliefs through my Christian sense of morality, justice, and mercy. I understand and accept my Catholic beliefs will sometimes conflict with America's pluralistic civil society. Can the supposed big tent of the Democratic Party accept and embrace the kind of liberalism which truly acknowledges, respects, and coexists with Catholics who genuinely hold a variety of opposing viewpoints?