Reader: Santorum rips Cain on marriage, Sen. Casey gets another challenger, 40 Days for Life saves 229 babies

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.

Rick Santorum goes after Herman Cain for not supporting a federal marriage amendment. On Meet the Press, Cain was asked if he supported amending the constitution in favor of defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman. “I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban for same sex marriage, but I am pro traditional marriage,” Cain said. Santorum responded: “I have been a long-time advocate for states’ rights. However, I believe as Abraham Lincoln did – that states don’t have the rights to legalize moral wrongs.” http://cvote.to/5r

Businessman Tim Burns is running for the chance to unseat Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA. Burns lost a special election in 2010 (and the November re-match) in the seat long held by Rep. John Murtha. Burns notes: “I ran in a district that had barely 29% Republicans, virtually no Independents and I ran against what was supposed to be John Murtha’s protégé and still managed to raise $2 million,” Burns argued. “I over performed for registration substantially.  If I did that then at the state level, I think I could win in a landslide.  I think you have to put that last campaign in perspective.” Sen. Bob Casey calls himself pro-life, but he voted for taxpayer funding for groups overseas that perform abortions, he voted for Obamacare, and he also voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. http://cvote.to/5o

Please pray for Students for Life of America employee Jon Scharfenberger, who remains hospitalized after a tragic car accident nine days ago. Doctors induced a 72-hour coma in Jon this morning. The accident took the life Jon’s co-worker Kortney Gordon and Kortney’s unborn daughter, Sophy. Two others in the car suffered injuries that were not life threatening. http://cvote.to/5s

It’s another amazing success for 40 Days for Life and they’re only half-way through their forty day campaign. As of yesterday, the volunteers known for praying outside abortion mills for 40 straight days have saved 229 babies from death. In Cherry Hill, New Jersey, nine children were saved – including a set of twins. http://cvote.to/5q

Check out the CatholicVote bumpersticker spotted on a car in a Church parking lot (naturally) up in Wisconsin. Have a cool photo of a CV bumpersticker? Send it in to info@catholicvote.org. We’ll post the best ones here on our blog.

Other articles of interest:

Contemplating a vocation to the priesthood? There’s an app for that. http://cvote.to/5t

A tongue-in-cheek Ten Rules for Great Parenting by Matt Archbold. http://cvote.to/5p

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9 thoughts on “Reader: Santorum rips Cain on marriage, Sen. Casey gets another challenger, 40 Days for Life saves 229 babies

  1. Ed Mechmann says:

    Just so the process of amending the Constitution is clear.

    The President has no role to play in amending the Constitution (see Article V). It is ordinarily done by a resolution passed by both houses of Congress, and approved by the states. The President doesn’t even have to sign the bill.

    So it’s interesting politically whether the President will “seek” an amendment, but in terms of process he’s irrelevant.

  2. sant says:

    Why do you always use the most unflattering photos of Rick Santorum? He looks like a snickering school boy in this photo.

    1. Russell says:

      Sometimes the cameras don’t lie!

    2. greg smith says:

      He just plain photographs poorly

    3. Whitney says:

      For some reason, many articles and editorials on this site are incredibly harsh on Mr. Santorum (the only true Catholic candidate with true Catholic ideals), while glorifying the faux-conservative Rick Perry. I don’t understand it either.

      1. Joshua Mercer says:

        Whitney, it’s strange that you raise that critique now because in this very article I am applauding Rick Santorum. And this is not the first time that I have praised him. I cheered him for bringing up marriage during one of the previous debate. Yes, I have criticized him on foreign policy. Yes, Joseph Bottum has questioned his viability. All of which should be fair game. Rick Santorum shouldn’t be afraid to answers such questions. I should also note that both Kathryn Lopez and Thomas Peters have written very strong and positive articles about Rick Santorum. And yes, I have also written some articles in which I praise Rick Perry and his record. But I’m not glorifying him either. In fact, when speculation began about his possible presidential campaign, I was one of the first online to criticize him for his HPV decision. I also noted this week that the pastor who introduced him was an anti-Catholic bigot. (Thankfully, Perry distanced himself from those notorious remarks.) We give each candidate a critical look. Every writer here (like every person) has certain biases or opinions. But when I write about the candidates, I try very hard to be clear and transparent and fair.

    4. Joshua Mercer says:

      The last time I wrote about Santorum, someone noted (correctly) that I had used an obviously unflattering photo. So when I wrote this article, I consciously made the effort to use a photo in which I thought he looked good. This photo I thought showed him looking confident and strong. Alas, I have utterly failed on this measure. I will try harder next time.

  3. Davide says:

    I think Cain has played his cards well. Everyone knows the Marriage Amendment has a snow balls chance in Hell of passing. It failed before. Why give the cultural and political left ammo? Santorum is already seen in the collective gay as a homophobe and a oppressor. He has been attacked like no other. I can say without any doubts whatsoever the left and homosexual advocacy will use this agaist Cain and Santorum. Santorum has made a huge bluder in attacking Cain. Santorum needs to hire someone who has a understanding of homosexual advocacy, and needs to replace his public relations team. He should have kept his mouth shut. Sometimes the moral high road is irrelevent

    1. FidesEtRatio says:

      Santorum is right on this one and Cain is a fool for not backing the Federal Marriage Amendment, not signing NOM’s pledge, and not signing the SBA List’s pledge. It shows that social issues are not a top priority for him, and I predict it will ultimately cost him the GOP Nomination for President. The reason is that life, family, and marriage issues are paramount to other considerations for a large chunk of GOP primary voters. Cain’s stances on these issues puts him to the left of Mitt Romney, and once social conservatives figure that out, Cain’s campaign will fizzle out. The Federal Marriage Amendment is the only way to permanently protect marriage from redefinition in this country, and Cain’s refusal to endorse it, coupled with his failure to sign SBA’s pledge and NOM’s pledge, causes me to doubt his commitment to life, faith, and family issues. Cain can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk. We already have one demagogue as President. Do we really want to replace him with another demagogue?

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