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Loudly Catholic Santorum loses Ohio Catholics
Mitt Romney, left, won more Ohio Catholics on Tuesday than Rick Santorum.
March 7th, 2012
03:53 AM ET

Loudly Catholic Santorum loses Ohio Catholics

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Rick Santorum, a conservative Catholic who is outspoken about faith-based issues, lost Catholic voters by a wide margin in Ohio on Tuesday, potentially a key factor that allowed Mitt Romney to squeak out the narrowest of victories overall in the state.

According to CNN’s exit polls, Romney took 43% of Ohio Catholics on Super Tuesday, compared to 31% for Rick Santorum, and Romney beat Santorum overall by 38% to 37%.

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Catholic voters accounted for a third of Ohio’s Republican electorate, the largest share of Catholics in any Super Tuesday state.

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“The margin of Romney's win among Ohio Catholics is surprising, given Santorum's traditional Catholicism,” says John Green, a political science professor at the University of Ohio. “Romney's margin among Ohio Catholics - especially in the three largest metropolitan areas - may account for his close win in Ohio.”

Green notes that Romney, a Mormon, has consistently won the Catholic vote in this year’s Republican primaries. That pattern runs counter to speculation that Catholics would focus more on hot-button issues at a time when Catholic bishops are battling the Obama White House over government-mandated contraception coverage.

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Romney has denounced the Obama administration’s contraception rule but Santorum has gone further, making social issues a cornerstone of his campaign. Last week, the former Pennsylvania senator said that John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech in which the then-presidential candidate advocated an absolute separation of church and state nearly made him throw up.

The Catholic vote is one of the largest swing blocs in the country, voting for the winning presidential candidates from both parties in recent elections. But the bloc is so diverse, including many Catholics who differ with church leaders on social issues and many who have drifted from the church, that many religious and political experts dismiss any notion of a “Catholic vote.”

Read how Santorum plans to fight to the end

In Ohio, the most contested of the 10 states to cast ballots on Tuesday, Catholics represented one of GOP primary’s main constituencies. Another major bloc, white evangelicals, comprised almost half of the Ohio vote, and broke for Santorum over Romney by 47% to 30%.

One progressive Catholic group made political hay out of Santorum’s weak showing among Ohio Catholics, emailing reporters a statement titled “Santorum campaigns on divisive wedge issues, promptly loses Catholic vote.”

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“Catholic voters care more about economic issues that affect their families than they do about socially divisive wedge issues like contraception,” said James Salt, executive director of Catholics United, in the statement.

“Mainstream Catholics want leaders who can address the moral challenges of our day like income inequality, underwater mortgages and poverty,” Salt continued, “not leaders who perpetuate a never-ending culture war that divides our community.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Politics • Rick Santorum

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  1. Last Call

    Shame on you Catholics who call yourselves that and vote against it. Instead of being self righteous as the Pharisees and Sadducees were how about picking up a Bible and learning what the Word of God says. I challenge you who have a spine and a soul left to pick one up and to read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and learn what Jesus actually taught. You can't have it both ways.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Jesus is like Uncle Sam

      A fabrication designed to indoctrinate.

      Get a grip, most here have read your rag, and few embrace your Bronze Age cult any longer.

      Stop the pious malarky, you know is all bul@@it

      March 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Observer

      William Demuth, a voice crying out in the wilderness. Maybe it's simpler than you know. Ask nicely "Please won't you stop believing in the Bronze Age sky fairy?"

      March 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Observer

      I am a martyr for secularism.

      Someday a statue shall be built for us that have carried the battle!

      Science AKBAR!

      March 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Really

      Many Catholics on here are calling themselves 'true' Catholics because they don't use BC or choose sterilization. The rest of us are not TRUE Catholics and must not go to church regularly. However, the true Catholics I go to Church with every Sunday and every Holy Day overwhelmingly use BC or have been sterilized, send our children to Catholic school and are raising them as our parents raised us. All of us have repented, of course, as have I, for choosing BC and ultimately, sterilization. So, if we all have to leave the church because we aren't "true' Catholics like yourself, you are no longer going to be a universal Church with the current following. The majority of us DO USE contraceptives. Of the 60+ couples I am close to at Church, I think only 2 or 3 don't use some sort of contraception. Call me a non-Catholic if you like, but I do go to mass regularly and on Holy Days. I just think this is man's law. How can taking a pill be any more intrusive than the sticky finger swipe daily to determine fertililty????

      March 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Really

      No, shame on the church who forgives us when we use BC. Shame on the church that knows the majority use BC, but still has the audacity to ask us to write letters of protest to our president. If the majority Church's followers aren't following, then the majority of the Church's followers should put their pencils down. I know women, who wrote letters to the President, as they still had an implanted device to prevent pregnancy in their uterus. The anti Obama campaign was right up their alley, rather than thinking about their own hypocrisy.

      March 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  2. WIMPY38

    That's because they know when they go to the grocery store, they cann't buy groceries with there religion.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  3. KMW

    Would CNN write an article about Jewish or Muslim politicians and their consituencies? I am just wondering. Maybe a bit of bias? Oh well, Christians are a majority in our country and will be so for many years go come.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • BillSD33

      KMW: this is pertinent because Santorum is Catholic and is using his faith as a reason to vote for him. What this tells me is that not all Catholics believe as he does. I found this article to be interesting.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Christians?

      38,000 different little cults who can't even agree on the basics.

      Face it, your time in the sun is ending.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  4. Attila_the_Hunney

    72% of Catholics voted for Obummer. Now this. Clueless, irresponsible liberation theoligists. Social justice, multi-cuturalism and diversity have poisoned the sheep. It's tough to be a REAL Catholic amongst this train wreck of a church.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Jason

      Absolutely correct, Attila. Forty plus years of watered down or non-existent Catechesis has produced nominal Catholics who mostly have no clue. Another rotten fruit of Vatican II. When faced with a genuine Catholic like Senator Santorum, they don't know what to do. That will all change in time.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • WIMPY38

      You sound like you be living around the same time as your namesake.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • PrimeNumber

      72% of Catholics voted for our current Premier? Sounds like an accurate number. So what does this minor tyrant do? He turns on the Catholics who helped in gain office and spits in their faces with his contraception mandate. Mr. Integrity for Our Times. O'Bama Catholics should be embarassed

      March 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Jason

      So you intend to do something about it?

      Perhaps another inquisition?

      Bring it, we will stomp you down.

      And don't forget, we killed Christ once, and many of us shall be happy to kill him a second time.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • mascmen7

      Catholics voted for the lying Kenyan born, Russian communist college educated Odumba 55% to 46% not 72%.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • William Demuth

      mascmen7

      You for real?

      We are doomed. Hillbilles gone mad! You can sell these idiots any nonesense you want!!

      March 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Attila_the_Hunney

      Wimpy it sounds like you are living up to YOUR namesake. Another feminized, timid male?
      Mormons believe God is a MAN of flesh and bone, fornicated with angels and they are the product of this union. They follow guy named Joe Smith... who had 30 wives. And loved little under aged girls... Why do you think obummer is albeit, sarcastically, wishing him well? Mittens could never beat him.

      I stand by my statistics. Prime Number, you are incorrect.

      March 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  5. LuisWu

    Why anyone in their right mind would vote for a religious fanatic nutcase like Santorum is beyond me.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Attila_the_Hunney

      Why would anyone in their right mind vote for a fanatic nutcase like Mitt Romney?

      March 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  6. Lindsay Flower

    Note to the author, Dan Gilgoff, check the university affiliation of your quoted source, John Green. Having grown up in Ohio, I was surprised to hear of the University of Ohio. Ohio State University, and Ohio University yes...so I checked and it seems that John Green is a Political Science professor at University of Akron.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  7. Marty Lund

    Most "Catholics" can't even be bothered to go to Mass on Sunday. If you don't respect even the most basic precepts of a religion you aren't a Practicing Catholic and are no representative of membership. Your parents decided for one reason or another to get you baptized. Maybe they dragged you to other sacraments of initiation. God, however, through His Holy Church, defines what it means to be a Catholic – not masses of people that have never so much as glanced at the Catechism.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  8. The Film Professor

    Gee, maybe some Catholics don't think their church should be still trying to keep women from using birth control. You think? It is 2012 after all, not 1012.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • LuisWu

      Yep. I think.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Jason

      Stick to film, "professor." The Catholic church isn't a democracy. Whatever "catholic" wants to ignore the truth and chase modern error is free to do so. There are plenty bogus religions out there that will accommodate. And fyi, the truth is the truth, regardless of the year on the calendar.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Dawn

      BINGO!

      March 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  9. Debbie

    This really points out what statistics prove and that is American Catholics do use contraception, women do work, are offended by Limbaugh, are against abortion and more concerned about their jobs, their families health, and the economy to put food in their children's belly's vs holding an aspiren between their legs or women staying home barefoot, preganant and not educated. It was a calculated risk that Santorum, the Catholic Church and the GOPers who jumped on the social issues bandwagon and lost. Since every sound bite on these positions there is no time left to change positions and little time to give specifics on changes they would make on policy. Especially with 20 debates the candidates are vetted and sound bites are recorded.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • William Demuth

      We need a Vatican Coup d'état!

      Regime change! Overthrow the dictatorship! Free the true voice of Jesus!

      Give the Pope what we gave Saddam and Muamar!

      March 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  10. Frankly

    There are those who call themselves catholic and then agaln there are Catholics who walk the talk. Some of us happen to be "Loudly Catholic" like the column headline suggests. But the point of the whole matter is whom you believe can defeat the current president in November; Romney who fostered Obama-care and has to defend that position, which he obviously supported, or Santorum, Gingrich or Paul who believe the government is intruding much too far in our lives.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  11. edpeters101

    Sounds like a bunch of twice a year Catholics in Ohio! How can they not get behind Rick and the Pope???

    March 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • J.W

      The pope can't run for office. He is not an American citizen.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Did the Pope officially endorse Santorum ?

      March 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Because the altar boys are in the way!

      March 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • LuisWu

      Is the pope Catholic?

      March 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • William Demuth

      LuisWu

      Does the Pope crap in Saint Peters?

      March 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  12. Xenophon10

    Just proves Catholics prefer Liberals. 54% voted for Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Catholic

      This Catholic doesn't, assbrain.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  13. Ann

    Nobody mentions that so far Romney won over 3 million votes as compared to Santorum and Gingrich less than 2 millions and Paul less than 1 millions. Romney has an edge of 1.2 millions over Santorum. Overall, he won 40% of the votes, and he is winning most of the big states. CNN had the most biased panel last night. Dana Brazile or Bengala would love to have Santorum vs. Obama in the Fall, reason why they diminish Romney's win.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_vote_count.html

    March 7, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Yep, more money buys more TV ads.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Authority Zero

      Pot meet kettle.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Observer

      I don't think anyone really expects anyone other than Romney to be the nominee. It would be good to see more of his true character before he buttons up and positions himself for the race against Obama.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Santorum would be a gift from God for Obama!

      His candidacy would put the entire congress at risk.

      It is common to call the other guy crazy in politics, but Rick is the candidate that seems to actually scare some well educated people whose views I trust. He seems to freak out moderates in a way I haven't seen in 30 years!

      To me Romney or Obama would be acceptable, and frankly their differences are not all that great, but Rick regularly says things that make me doubt his sanity
      .

      March 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"a gift from God"

      You coming back to the Church William .... every first step is hard but we can make a good Christian out of you by November 🙂

      ...or Jew or Muslim 🙂

      March 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Mark

      If you ever see me in your Church, I can assure you I will have a torch in one hand, and a five gallon jug of gasoline in the other!

      But I am pleased you got the irony!

      March 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Being a historical African American church ... when we expanded into a new sanctuary ... we choose a mostly steel building with a servely over code fire sprinkler system.

      But, our church also has a community day care and after school care program .....so, lets not resort to such. 🙂

      March 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Mark from Middle River

      Your'e a brother? (disclaimer, I am white by even the strictest measures)

      WOW. So many questions!

      March 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  14. Edward Boothe

    We are on the verge of losing the greatest Republic in the history of the world. This election is going to be a choice between Communism and Freedom. PLEASE get out and vote regardless of who the GOP nominee is. Right now it looks like Obama is going to win, and we will have a 20 trillion dollar national debt by 2016, and we can say goodbye to our freedom. Turnout is the only thing that is going to prevent this from becoming a bankrupt Communist State within the next five years. As Ann Coulter said, Jeffery Dahmer would be better than what we have. This is going to be the most important election in the history of the United States, and possibly the last. It is going to be so close, that turnout will determine if we remain free, or become a Communist state.

    In my opinion there are two things we need to do to get our country back. Please consider the following:

    By voting for Senator Santorum in Michigan and Ohio, the Democrats proved they are scared to death to run against Mitt Romney, therefore in order to win, I believe it would be to our advantage to nominate Romney for president.

    Senator Marco Rubio has more potential that any Republican I have seen since President Ronald Reagan. If he were the Vice Presidential nominee, he would bring at least 50% of the Hispanic vote and the state of Florida.

    If you want your country back, I would like to encourage you to go to the link below and implore Senator Rubio to accept the vice presidential nomination if it is offered to him. He has in his hands the potential to save the country we loved so much, and would make an excellent president in 2020. Sixteen years of good leadership would make the United states once more the shining light of freedom on the hill, that it had been for 233 years before the election of Barrack Hussein Obama.

    http://rubio.senate.gov./public/index.cfm/contact

    Let’s not make the mistake of nominating the wrong candidate this time, like we did in 2008, that allowed a wannabe dictator to take over this country. If we make the same mistake this time, we won’t get another chance.

    Please email this to everyone you know and hope it goes viral.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • BRC

      ANd what, may I ask, makes him a want to be dictator?

      March 7, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • William Demuth

      Viral?

      Is ignorance catching?

      March 7, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • J.W

      I think I would have other things to tell Sen. Rubio rather than to run for vice president.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • The Republican Base is Always Good for a Giggle

      Wow there are a lot of moronic posts today!

      "This election is going to be a choice between Communism and Freedom"

      "we can say goodbye to our freedom"

      Obama is "a wannabe dictator to take over this country."

      You get your thinking from Ann Coulter? Really? Not surprised at all.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • PrimeNumber

      Much agreed. And we must have a person of faith. A lesson from history: the Nobel Prize winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn had a friend named Dmitry Pannen. Both men knew genuine Evil. Both men had fought the Nazis and suffered years in Stalins gulags. Pannen observed " When the church is destroyed and people are left to their own, it is easy for for them to fall in with evil schemes." Americans vote against someone when they are merely uncomfortable. We should take lesson from people who have know genuine evil and suffering. Our current Premier is only a minor tyrant. We may end up with a Stalin down the road.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • saidwhat?

      And we have a winner for the first spot in Gingrich's moon colony!

      March 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • The Further Adventures of Barry Pickles, Assistance Accountant from Beyond Planet 9

      I just love it when right-wing religious zealots talk about politics! Between the wild, crazy propaganda of Limbaugh and the swirly illogical propaganda of their religion, the thing that come out of their mouths are priceless!

      Thanks! I do need a good laugh every now and then, especially since I know that these fringe looneytunes will NEVER get what they want and always be unhappy about the current state of things.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  15. Wendy

    As a Mormon-a member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints-who lived in Catholic-dominated Michigan for four years and then moved to Bible-Belt North Carolina for the past twelve years, I will say that Catholics, by and large, have been much more tolerant to LDS members and that I believe they are less likely to vote for someone based on their religion. The Bible Belt Evangelicals are so anti-Mormon and just not admitting it. Let's all be truthful that is why he is not winning big in any of these states.–not just the South. Evangelical/ Baptist/ Protestant Republicans would rather have four more years of Obama than someone who might be able to really "turn around" the economy like he did businesses, the Olympics, etc. That is why he is winning the Catholic Vote. They know that the "religion" issue should not be the reason we don't vote for Romney and therefore, they aren't being religious biggots in the year 2012.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • William Demuth

      Wendy

      Intra Cult warfare is inevitable.

      Only one imaginary God can be real

      March 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  16. George Marshall

    I'm not a religious person but hat's off to the Catholic voters of Ohio who I think recognized Santorum for the Torquemada that he is.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  17. fred

    Paula
    There is only one God and many man made gods. Truth is with God and as Doug pointed out that truth creates the unity we need if we are ever to bring out the best in a society.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Primewonk

      We've invented 10's of thousands of gods since be became modern humans – going back 250,000 years. The oldest so far is a proto-snake type idol dating back ~75,000 years in what is now Botswana.

      Your god is no more, nor no less special than any of the others. Your god was cobbled together from bits and pieces of other minor deity tribal gods in other tribes 6000 years ago.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Wonk that is what Fred is saying when he says that there are a bunch of manmade Gods or the way I think of it as people's definition that actually it is the same God.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Authority Zero

      @ Mark from Middle River
      No, what fred is saying is that by random happenstance of being born into a Christian family. That his god and only his god is the true god. Same old story from every religious group. It just seems all the more pathetic when it comes from a more recently invented god.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Thor Anubis Smith

      The Gods are almost entirely incompatible and generally harshly against believing in any of the others. Your sort of pantheistic "many faces of the same God" thinking just does not bear scrutiny? Jesus and Quetzlcoatl the same? Allah and Pele and Loki mixed in as well? Sorry, but that does not even remotely make sense.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Zero, where did he state that his God was the only God. I might be misinterpreting his statement but I did not get that from his statement.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Authority Zero

      >There is only one God and many man made gods.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • fred

      Primework
      Ah, you forgot that when Moses turned his staff into a snake it ate all the other snakes. God was before the snake and is a living God not like man made carvings that were created by man from what had made.

      6,000 years is a time period assigned by man not the Bible. The Bible itself speaks of Cain using bronze tools so we know that 6,000 years is not a number the Bible assigns.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Thor, and I have been to court cases with people having being verified to have witnessed the same event all give different versions of the same event. There are incidents ...such as Noah's flood that appear in all three of the Abrahamic Faiths and outside of the Faiths.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • fred

      Authority
      There can be only one true God. Is it the Christian God I see because it was the words of Jesus that came alive to me and saved me or was it the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob? My vision of God does not change the attributes of God as that vision is but a composite of who I am and the attributes of God that have been revealed to me. This is why there are many faiths but one true God. Division and strife within the Christian Church itself is not of God but of man. Just as man made many gods over the history of humanity man as made God today to fit his or her need. That is not God but just another man made god because God and Gods truth stands far above and beyond anything man creates.
      To know the one and only God look to Christ who was the perfect reflection of God the Father. Christ said ask and you shall receive. You say been there done that, well Christ says you ask but you ask with the wrong motive that is why you do not receive. Nicodemus came to see in the darkness of night and could not see because he was not interested in truth. The truth was not in the miracles of Christ which the people demanded but in Christ. I am the way the truth and light, no one comes to the Father but through me. Read close and I see the word “I AM” which is what God said to Moses. “whom shall I say sent me”- tell them “I AM” sent you.
      There is but one true God

      March 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • J.W

      fred are you saying the the one true God is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? I must be misunderstanding you on that one.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • fred

      J.W
      There is one God who is the God Abraham worshiped. Abraham saw God as God revealed himself to Abraham and I see God as God has revealed himself to me through the Bible and through personal revelation. Jesus revealed attribtes and truths to me and most of all Jesus said I must go so that the Holy Spirit will come and reveal to you all truth. The Holy Spirit is very real and very much at work in my thoughts and life. The Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are God.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  18. Daniel Hoffman

    Attacking John Fitzgerald Kennedy is not how to get the votes of older catholics who were so proud to see him become president.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • PrimeNumber

      Respectfully, Daniel, I am an older Catholic. I remember JFK for the Bay of Pigs fiasco, committing the US to the abyss of Viet Nam, and plagerizing the words ".....ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." from the headmaster of his elite school. Then of course there was his womanizing.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  19. J.W

    It is silly to vote for someone based on whether they are pro life or not. What difference will it make if they are?

    March 7, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Nonimus

      Mostly in the appointments to the Supreme Court.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • T.Reed

      Actually, being pro-life is one of the two main things I look for in a candidate. It really has nothing to do with Supreme Court nominations either. It is a matter of taking a life that deserves the right to live.
      You can call me silly if you want to, but I know that there are many Americans that feel the same way that I do.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • J.W

      But will having people in office that are pro-life really change anything about the current laws on abortion?

      March 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      Bringing back respect for life in this country is fundemental to who we are as a people. If we cannot protect the most innocent among us from brutal attack even before their first breath, than how can we protect anyone really? The most basic of all rights is Life. Without a protection of life, the other rights are secondary. A nation that kills their own is detined to crumble from within. Men and women who accept the destruction of life through abortion need to realize that it is a form of genocide even more grave than the killing of 6 million Jews by the Nazis. Why? Because it is preventable and our country fights all over the world to protect human rights but cannot even do so within our culture at home. We must get our own house in order! Over 50 million killed and counting...it's a disgrace and a national sin.

      March 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  20. DottedLineDolores

    I find it really insulting that everyone on here thinks that they are in the position to judge the degree to which someone can consider themselves Catholic based on their voting habits, or that people here think they have any right to make assumptions about which way an INDIVIDUAL associated with any organization, religious or otherwise, should vote. Its called free-will, and its a pretty damn important part of the Bible.

    For the record, I was raised Catholic, but I don't align myself with the Church anymore and I vote Democrat because I have a basic sense of moral decency instilled in me by my Catholic upbringing that says I have no right to tell other people how to live.

    Also, for the record, my very Irish, very Catholic grandparents (both go to Church every day of the week, 52 weeks a year) both voted for Obama, as did my mother, a Catholic school teacher, and most of the other Catholics I know. Stop making blanket assumptions about Catholics that are proven wrong by looking at most measurable statistics over the last 40 years.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Lovely

      Actually Dolores, you ARE telling other Catholics how to behave.

      Out of curiousity, why do people here feel the need to say odd things "for the record." What record? Do any of you think the rest of us actually care?

      March 7, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • DottedLineDolores

      In what way am I telling Catholics how to behave?

      March 7, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • SPA Knight

      DottedLine Dolores – A Catholic should vote consistent with their beliefs correct? If your mother is a Catholic school teacher and she voted for a man that promotes contraception as a right and abotion as medical care, then i guess she doesn't believe what she should be teaching. By definition, that is a hypocrite. God help our Catholic schools. If your personal beliefs don't align with the catholic Church, then leave as you did. I respect that more than a Catholic that is disobedient to the faith and then justifies it.

      March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
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