Interestingly, the match-up between Obama/Biden vs. Romney/Ryan offers a good illustration of the tension within the church. Both the current vice president and the recent addition to the Republican ticket are Catholics.
Catholic social teaching revolves around the four bedrock principles of human dignity, common good, solidarity and subsidiarity. Catholics should be aware of this before they enter the polling booth on Nov. 3.
The Catholic right's message loses its effectiveness when voters realize it uses the same logic that impelled Catholic voters to help re-elect Bush in 2004 -- who turned out to be a disaster for Catholic values.
In comparison to the plight of the unborn, what is the economy, poverty, labor rights, equal pay for equal work, or the war in Iraq? For some Catholic voters, it is crucial to choose a presidential candidate who would pick justices committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. But would McCain?