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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Analysis: Kerry and the Catholic Voter 

Posted by Jeff Miller at 5:02 PM

In yet another article on Kerry and the Catholic vote we have.

...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.

Before we might brand Mr. Kerry and this group of people Catholic In Name Only. I would encourage you to read Mark of Minute Particulars well thought out post on this subject.

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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.


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Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion, from Archbishop Donoghue (Atlanta, GA), Bishop Baker (Charleston, SC) and Bishop Jugis (Charlotte, NC).
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Catholics in Political Life U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 7, 2004.

Catholic Politicians and Bishops. By Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis. America June 21-28, 2004.

A Time For Honesty, Pastoral Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. May 5, 2004.

Why Communion Could Be Denied to Anti-Life Legislators. Interview with Father Thomas Williams, dean of the School of Theology of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.

Why Don't Catholic Politicians Practice What the Catholic Church Preaches?, by Judie Brown. Washington Dispatch April 19, 2004.

How to tell a Duck from a Fox: Thinking with the Church as we look toward November, by Archbishop Chaput. Denver Catholic Register April 14, 2004.

On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility, a Pastoral Letter by La Crosse Bishop Raymond L. Burke.

Blood On Their Hands: Exposing Pro-abortion Catholic Politicians, by Mark Stricherz. Crisis May 2003.

The Failure of Catholic Political Leadership, by Robert P. George & William E. Saunders. Crisis 18, No. 4 (April 2000).

Denying Holy Communion: A Case History, by Bishop Emeritus Rene Henry Gracida. [PDF Format].

Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist, by Barbara Kralis.

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John Kerry, Abortion and the Catholic Church

Irreconcilable Differences", by Matthew Mehan. NRO Sept. 16, 2004.

John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

"Please answer the question, Senator Kerry", The Mighty Barrister. August 2, 2004.

You wouldn't even ask. Fr. Pavone (Priests for Life). July 2004.

Kerry isn't making abortion stand clear, by Raymond J. Keating. Newsday July 27, 2004.

Senator Kerry May Be Human . . . But is He a Person?, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 23, 2004.

Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

Kerry Distorting Catholic Doctrine. interviews George Weigel. April 16, 2004.

"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up, Catholic Kerry Watch, August 14, 2004.

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.

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