Catholics For Romney Coalition Announced

Getty ImagesRomney for President announced yesterday the Catholics for Romney Coalition. While there has been a loosely organized effort to engage Catholics in the campaign, yesterday’s announcement makes things “official.”

The Romney/Ryan campaign released a statement announcing the coalition and explaining why Catholics are important in this election:

“I am honored to have the support of Catholic leaders from all over this country,” said Mitt Romney. “The Catholic Church embodies all that is great about America—loving your neighbor, defending life, and helping the less fortunate to overcome poverty and rise in the world. Forming a more perfect union requires that we continue to turn these principles into reality. If I am elected president, that will be my highest priority.”

“As a life-long Catholic, I learned very early that we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” said Congressman Paul Ryan. “That principle has informed my life in public service, and I am pleased to have so many leaders in the faith supporting Mitt Romney and me in this election. We understand that policymakers must target the root causes of poverty with reforms that promote economic growth and opportunity. Free enterprise and strong communities remain the best means to promote upward mobility and help individuals escape the trap of government dependency. It is an honor to support Governor Romney as he advances solutions that champion the dignity of every human being. That is a goal that people of all faiths can support.”

Granted, these sorts of coalitions happen in due course during every campaign, but the Catholics for Romney National Advisory Committee is made up of many of the most influential Catholic political thinkers and advocates. It shows an earnest effort by the campaign, and by those who have signed on to advise, to truly craft a campaign and policy course that will not just appease Catholics, but integrate Catholic social teaching into its decisions.

What this means, for those unfamiliar with politics, is that the campaign will specifically target Catholics to help with the “three legs” that every campaign must rest upon. “Money, Manpower, and Messaging.” Catholics are willing to help in all those areas if the cause is right. This coalition and the people serving as Co-Chairs and Advisors were specifically picked to make sure that Catholics engage in those three areas this election.

For you at home, that means there will be special events (many states will have Catholics for Romney Kickoff events in the coming weeks), directed messaging to Catholics, and appeals from people you are quite familiar with.

While some may see this as a purely political decision due to the importance of the “Catholic Vote” in presidential elections, the list seems to tell a different tale. What one can glean from this announcement is that the selection of Paul Ryan, and the composition of this coalition, are a direct effort by Mitt Romney to speak directly to Catholics and conservatives. Romney has a record that is off-putting to many in the conservative “base.” This coalition signifies that he has plotted a course in a much different direction. Those wary of Romney’s past have wondered whether he was simply  ”talking the talk” early on in this campaign, and the question of whether he would “walk the walk” loomed heavily over his head.

This announcement, and the selection of the people on this advisory committee seems to confirm that Romney/Ryan are sincere in their statements.

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29 thoughts on “Catholics For Romney Coalition Announced

  1. Erick says:

    Come on my brothers Catholics!!!!

  2. Southern says:

    40 days until the election!!!!!!!!!!!! Get those prayer warriors lined up!! We will win this thing!!!!!!!!!!!! :0)

  3. Katherine says:

    September 24th and Romney just gets around to launching his official Catholic outreach, weeks after Obama launched his national effort and after Obama has organized scores of state, diocesan and parish Catholics for Obama organizations? Organizationally Romney is running behind on this. It is even worse for Romney on Catholic college campuses.

    1. Just Passing Through says:

      This surely seems to indicate that the Catholic vote isn’t much of a priority to Romney. What took sooooooooooo long? If he can’t get something so basic togehter, what does that say about his leadership ablitiies? Maybe he should start a NASCAR owners for Romney group, too, since he isn’t doing too well with NASCAR fans, either. And I wonder if Paul Ryan will support the union busting NFL replacement refs or support the union and how that will fare for him in Wisconsin?

    2. abadilla says:

      “Is it even worse for Romney on Catholic college campuses” Yes, “Catholic” campuses are not inmune from flaming liberals teaching, so, Republicans are not welcome but they call it open-mindedness!

    3. Sir Robert says:

      Heretics for Obama

  4. ifollowHATE says:

    Catholics for Obama! http://www.catholicsforobama.org/ (for those that believe that being able to roll down the window in your private jet is NOT a “serious problem” like Romney does)

    1. Curious says:

      Still following HATE (Obama) I see. You have a “SERIOUS PROBLEM” You hate God and want to lead others away from Him. Good luck with that on this form. And by the way, still praying for your conversion. Being anti-God and racist are two evils of this world that you gladly partake in. Will continue to pray for you. God Bless

    2. abadilla says:

      At least Romney does not go all over the world decrying the harm to the environment cause by gasoline as the President spends lots and lots of gallons of gas traveling in Air Force One. The man is a first class hypocrite, but you still defend him, don’t you? Obama claims he is on the side of the poor as he travels to Hollywood to collect millions of dollars for his campaign but Romney is the guy who doesn’t understand the average American, right?

      1. Sir Robert says:

        He smokes too…and passes a healthcare bill

        1. abadilla says:

          An inconsistency I’m willing to confess to, but do we really elect Presidents on the basis of whether they smoke or not?

    3. Southern says:

      Romney has my Catholic vote and those of many others I know that actually follow the teachings of the Church!!! These other so called “Catholics for Obama” are not really Catholics. They are the conglomerate of dissidents that go against all that the Magisterium teaches. They are a sad joke, and everyone knows that they are not really Catholic. I will say though that these Catholics for Romney are a bit late in the game. However, I do have faith that the truth will prevail and Romney and Ryan will win this election. I feel like I am in one of those football games where it’s the 4th down, our team is on the 5th yard line and we have one minute to play. A Hail Mary pass will get us the win, but boy, we are sweating through it. In the mean time, we should all pray for our fellows “I Hate” and “RaginCatholic”, since all they do is rage and hate about what we all know to be truth. Their tag name gives away what they hold in their hearts. It’s so sad. Jesus loves these guys too!

      1. David Cramer says:

        How do Christians vote for a Mormon, a heretic who would have been burned at the stake 700 years ago? The Mormons believe: God was a mortal being from another planet who upon his death and resurrection became God of the Earth; that there are many gods on many planets; that no one knows who the creator is; that Jesus and Satan are brothers; that Mormons upon their resurrection can also be gods; that non-Mormons will serve the Mormons in the afterlife. How do you knowingly vote for someone who has been taught that one day he will be equal to God? Isn’t that why Satan was tossed out of Heaven? Could our nation be punished for choosing “another god”?

  5. Catholics supporting a man like Romney that profits from abortions and signed a surrogacy contract that included a right for him to terminate the pregnancy. These Catholics should be ashamed of themselves.

    1. Just a visitor here says:

      Oh heaven forbid the lesser of two evils. Obama promotes infanticide in the event an abortion fails. Pick your sorry conscience and decide which is worse. And your comment that Romney profits from abortion is ludicrous. Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion advocates give to Obama, not to Romney.

      1. ifollowHATE says:

        I’d agree with raging. Romney personally profits from abortion and actually included the option to abort a baby in a contract that he personally signed. Obama has said that he hoped abortion would be “rare”. I suspect that Romney has reason $$$ for abortion to be quite common (because he makes more MONEY that way)! If you want the lesser of two evils, you’d have to go with Obama.

        1. Just a visitor here says:

          Wow – I really envy your ability to contort yourself into that position…

        2. abadilla says:

          Really, the depths you will go into to defend the indefensible. Obama is the most pro-abortion President we have ever elected and he even believes in partial-birth abortions, but because you don’t like Romney, you hurl all sorts of ugly accusations against him. Unbelievable!

          1. Sir Robert says:

            Face it abadilla,
            Some folks are so set in theirs ways and in their pride that they will not listen to the teachings of the Church no matter what. Pride…Pride…Pride. All we can do is brush the dust off our feet and move on. Some people are just so stubborn.

          2. abadilla says:

            I just get frustrated. One thing is to “accidentally” say something stupid, quite another when one repeats the same lies, calumnies, errors, over and over again, as if repeating them, makes them true.
            I really have a hard time with Catholics who claim to be sons and daughters of the Church who spend their lives undermining the very Church they claim to belong to.

      2. Katherine says:

        So you are saying that Romney is an evil, the discernment is just over the degree?

        1. Just a visitor here says:

          No, I’m not. I’m saying better to have someone not so virulently rabid in support of abortion as president.

          1. Katherine says:

            But you called Romeny evil.

          2. Just a visitor here says:

            No, I did not. The president is evil, though, IMO. And you are a troll, I think.

    2. abadilla says:

      Why do you keep repeating lies most of us don’t believe anyway? Why don’t you take a hard look at the most pro-abortion President we ever had?

  6. Just a visitor here says:

    Nice post, sir. Would you kindly change “gleam” to “glean” before I pull my hair out? ;-) Thanks.

    1. josephkoss says:

      Good catch :) Wouldn’t want you to lose hair over anything I type (or don’t type) :)

      1. Just a visitor here says:

        Thank you kindly! (And my hair thanks you as well.) Would that all men were so genial.

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