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Deal Hudson’s Catholic Advocate is a solid voice in the conservative pro-life movement Here are three recent stories that caught my eye and deserve more attention.
First, look how some Catholic Democrats are trying to defend their anti-life votes:
Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D, PA-03) is running for her second term in Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District against Republican Mike Kelly. … Like the other House Catholic Democrats who buckled under pressure from Obama and Pelosi, Dahlkemper denies the presence of abortion funding in the health care legislation.Dahlkemper adds that anyone who disagrees with her is “lying.” Those who are lying, according to her, would include the Catholic bishops who insist abortion funding is included in the legislation.There’s also a radio ad by Sr. Mary Miller who says, “If anyone tells you Kathy Dahlkemper is not a woman in favor of life, just know: It is not true.”Dahlkemper is hoping that Sr. Mary Miller will provide her the same kind of cover provided for House Catholics by Sr. Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association. [CA]
It’s a truth about Catholic voting in America that “active Catholics” (i.e., Catholics who attend Mass on Sunday each week as they are obligated to do) are far more likely to vote for the pro-life candidate in a race:
Recent polling shows the religiously active Catholic vote is trending strongly toward the GOP. Gary Andres summarizes the findings by commenting:
“While Republicans lost among Catholics in 2006 by 11-points and 13-points in 2008, they now hold a 7-point lead (39%-32%) among Catholics in general. Republicans also lead among Catholics who attend church once a week or more by 12 points.”
These numbers look back to the results of the 2004 presidential election when George W. Bush crushed the Catholic candidate, Sen. John Kerry, by 5% among all self-identified Catholics and by nearly 20% among Catholics attending Mass at least once a week. [CA]
We hear a lot of talk on television about the Tea Party. Would it surprise you to find out they are more social-conservative than libertarian on the issue of abortion?
The [Tea Party members] are mostly social conservatives, not libertarians on social issues. Nearly two-thirds (63%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and less than 1-in-5 (18%) support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
… [Hudson writes:] The media in ignoring the social conservative dimension of the Tea Party is, once again, trying to ignore the continued power of the people of faith in American politics. [CA]
As you can tell, it would be a good idea to keep track of what Deal Hudson is writing about at Catholic Advocate. Jack Smith at the Catholic Key Blog (the diocesan newspaper of Kansas City – St. Joseph) is also an excellent resource.