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Is There A Political Plan B For The Bishops?

Thomas Reese, S.J. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Thomas Reese, S.J.

The U.S. Catholic bishops took a beating at the polls. Not only was President Obama reelected, despite their attacks on him, the bishops also lost on state referendums on same-sex marriage.

Election Day Communion And The Sacrament Of Voting

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

Though we may feel as if we share little more than a zip-code with the voters beside us, in truth we share that great American feast and tradition: the ballot box. Nov. 6 is our festival day.

Jesus for President 2012

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

We have to engage. After all, Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the real stuff of his world -- day laborers and unjust judges, widows and orphans, strangers and immigrants, abused women and exploited workers, redistribution of wealth and reconciliation with enemies.

Young, Catholic And Conflicted

Lauren Boyle | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

This has been happening to me my entire life. My "Catholicism" seems to rest on my belief about one single, solitary scenario: what to do about an unexpected pregnancy. How, in a world filled with as much trouble as ours, did my faith get reduced to that singular question?

Romney, Obama And The Cardinal's Big Dinner

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Nothing is ever simple when it comes to Catholicism and politics. In 1996 and 2004 neither party's candidate was invited to the Al Smith Dinner. This year, conservative Catholics have been inundating the host, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, with demands to disinvite President Obama.

Don't Vote For The 'Better Catholic'

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

When a Catholic candidate speaks about his or her faith, it's more important for voters to concentrate on their policies, rather than trying to worm their way into the person's soul.

A Catholic Case For The Reelection Of President Obama

Donald P. Kommers | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Donald P. Kommers

Even while affirming an indispensable role for the private ordering of the economy, Catholic social teaching demands state intervention when necessary to provide for the common good of all.

Polling Shows That Bishops' Campaign Failed

Jon O'Brien | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

Catholics know what's at stake, and they're making up their own minds despite the influence the bishops claim, or the relative importance the hierarchy's influence and divisive campaigns garner in the media.

Poll: Obama Surges Ahead Among Catholic Voters

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 09.27.2012 | Religion

(RNS) President Obama's support among Catholic voters has surged since June, according to a new poll, despite a summer that included the Catholic bish...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Side With Dems, Not GOP, On Main Issues Of 2012

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Whatever your political beliefs, it must have come as a surprise to hear that Cardinal Timothy Dolan would be offering a benediction at the Democratic National Convention as well as at the Republican one. What gives?

Cardinal Dolan Should Keep His Distance From Tampa And Charlotte

Steven A. Krueger | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion
Steven A. Krueger

The Church can, and should be, a powerful advocate for the common good in our country. Cardinal Dolan's actions are jeopardizing that advocacy.

Romney And The Republicans: Outsourcing Religion

Randall Balmer | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Randall Balmer

Heading into the fall campaign, many evangelicals remain wary, or at least unenthusiastic, about the presumptive Republican nominee. Tapping an evangelical for running mate might have assuaged their anxieties.

Laura Bassett

Santorum: Obamacare Is A 'Sin'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum seized the opportunity at an Ohio campaign event for Mitt Romney on Wednesday to warn Catholics that suppo...

Are Catholics In The Pews Like Pew's 'Catholic Voters'?

Carol DeChant | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Carol DeChant

Everyone agrees that the "Catholic vote" is important. Candidates court it and pundits analyze it. But no one seems to know what (or who) it actually is. Or even if it exists.

Rick Santorum Frustrated By Fellow Catholics

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

Rick Santorum has positioned himself as the leading religious candidate in the Republican presidential field, speaking out strongly on social issues a...

Obama's Win on Health Insurance and Contraception

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Every minute that the Republicans spend discussing not how to get the American economy back on strong footing but whether or not adults should have the right to affordable contraception is a good minute for the president.

Have Catholic Bishops Turned Their Backs On The Working Class And The Poor?

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

Bishops have urged Catholics to be single issue voters -- that issue being of course the sexual politics of an anti-abortion and anti-gay rights agenda. The century-old Catholic social justice tradition in America has been pushed to the side.

Elected Officials' Catholic Dilemma On Same-Sex Marriage

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

There are in fact two very different Catholic voices that elected officials in New York and elsewhere around the country have to navigate: the big "C" voice of the Catholic bishops, and the little "c" voices of Catholics in the pews.

Have Democrats Lost Faith In Faith-Based Outreach?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As Democrats conduct a grim postmortem on Tuesday's (Nov. 2) elections, some liberal leaders s...

Eyes on the Catholic Vote

Chris Korzen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Korzen

Catholics account for 1 in 4 voters nationwide and have sided with the popular vote winner in the last nine presidential elections.

Poll: McCain And Obama Tied Among Catholics

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Douglas Kmiec is the kind of Catholic voter the GOP usually doesn't have to think twice about. The Pepperdine law professor and former Reagan Justice ...

Conservative Catholics Have Always Been in Play

Chris Korzen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Korzen

Republicans and Democrats alike take note: Catholics - conservative or otherwise - have always been in play.