Kieth Fournier, a human rights lawyer from Chesapeake, Virginia and a Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, posts his prediction that "Catholics will decide the election":
Though I lived and worked "in the beltway", I no longer do. I am out in the "real world" and I discern an amazing phenomenon brewing in the Catholic community. It is not that most Catholics are necessarily "pro-Bush", though some are. It is the reverse of what some pundits maintain will be the deciding factor in this election. You have heard some refer to a growing "anyone but Bush" sentiment in some circles. I see the opposite among Catholics. There is a growing "anyone but Kerry" sentiment.
Why? Because we do not want to be used by an opportunistic candidate who professes to believe what our Church teaches about life and marriage but acts in a manner that is diametrically opposed to these positions. By doing so, Mr. Kerry not only puts his own soul at risk, but he has alienated scores of Catholics as a result and is going to lose the election because of it. There is an obvious irony here. This allegedly "Catholic candidate" will be kept out of office by Catholics. The Catholic community senses a fraud and will not be used in this way. . . . READ MORE] Question for our readers -- do you get this sense in your parishes as well? A lot could happen between now and November, but this is what I'd call a sign of hope. Discuss.
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