...Donna Brazile, who ran former vice president Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, found much to agree with in Morgan's analysis. Catholics "are a very important vote," Brazile said, pointing to the states in play for 2004 where Catholics make up a large segment of the electorate. "We targeted Catholics in the 2000 race, trying not just to reach the bishops and parishioners but also the Catholic lay groups that agree with Democrats on many social policy issues."
Brazile, who is Catholic, said that Kerry would do best to ignore the two issues currently causing him trouble and focus on "the compassionate issues."
"I think Gore did very well among these Catholics," she said, suggesting that Kerry appeal to them with arguments about economic justice rather than social issues such as marriage and abortion. "Kerry," she said, "will have to make a direct appeal to them. He cannot rely on other Democrat politicians to carry his message to them."
Some years back Donna Brazile wrote an article arguing that those on the pro-abortion side should go ahead and admit that abortion results in the death of a human being, but that this can still be defended. And now she is advising that Kerry not talk about abortion and marriage and concentrate on as she says "the compassionate issues." The destruction of the family is what leads in many cases to the issues that come under the umbrella of social justice. If you want to see the prime indicator of poverty you don't have to look much farther then divorce and single parent families.
And just to show that there are plenty of confused Catholics also in the GOP.
...Christine Sculti is the executive director of the Republican Party organization in Westchester County, N.Y., a mostly upper-income area just north of New York City. A suburban single Catholic, Sculti represents what is to both campaigns a targeted demographic. "The Catholic vote in Westchester," she said, "registers Democrat, and you often see them vote as a bloc when a particular social issue like abortion becomes significant in a national, statewide or local election."
But that is only part of the equation. Sculti, like Kerry and other prominent national politicians who seek to keep their own faith separate from political matters in a sop to the diversity of opinion among the electorate as a whole, is moved by her faith to reach conclusions that are, in a word, personal.
Some may find it surprising, but Sculti said she finds herself more troubled by Kerry's annulment than by his stand on abortion. "As an observant Catholic, I think it is unconscionable to annul a marriage when there are children involved -- even if the children are adults," she said, admitting that her position may put her among the minority of Catholics in her own community.
I certainly hope that opinion puts her in the minority. Fr. Rob had a good post on whether or not Mr. Kerry had an annulment and why we shouldn't go there. Regardless of how bad the destruction of the family is via divorce, abortion is much more destructive. Plus the effects of abortion also ripple and cause problems in the family leading to divorce.