Hudson & Fournier: Catholic Countdown to Election 2012 - Day 39: Language, Manners and Catholic Action
covering the Columbus, Cleveland-Akron, Dayton, and Youngstown media markets.
It's amazing to us that Obama's stance against the Partial Birth Abortion Act as a state senator in Illinois, in other words, his pro-infanticide stance, never permeated awareness in Catholic voters around the nation in 2008.
2012 promises to be a different matter and the Susan B. Anthony-List is doing its part, as it always does! Given that Obama supporters are calling Catholics and saying Obama "is not pro-abortion," the message of the SBA-List ad may be obvious to many, but not to enough.
We thought our eyes must be deceiving us when we saw the news that the University of Notre Dame was inviting President Obama once again to their campus. The occasion is the "tradition" at Notre Dame of inviting presidential candidates to speak. The press release from Notre Dame reads:
Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins [University president] and Rocheleau [student body president] addressed letters to each of the presidential aspirants, offering Notre Dame as a "forum for serious political discussion" on important issues facing the nation. The intent of the invitations, which include the candidates' running mates, is to provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the contenders and their messages.
Given the uproar following Obama's commencement address at Notre Dame in 2008, this particular "tradition" should have been ignored, at least for this election cycle. Traditions are not ends in themselves. They make sense only if they serve a worthy purpose, and no good purpose is served by inviting to the leading Catholic university of our nation the President who has knowingly violated the religious liberty of Catholics and their institutions.
There's much chatter in the media about a recent Pew poll showing that Obama has opened up a significant lead (54 percent to 39 percent) among Catholic voters. Well, the devil, as they say, is in the details, especially when it comes to interpreting polls. If you go to the Pew web site and look at the actual study, you will see that Romney continues to lead Obama among white Catholics.
Once Pew added Hispanic voters to the white Catholic voters, the overall Catholic number changed dramatically, since only 24 percent of Hispanic voters presently support Romney. What is described as a "surge" is simply the addition of self-identified Hispanic Catholic voters to white Catholic voters.
We strongly question the Pew story here for two reasons: 1) At present, Hispanic Catholic voters are still less than 20 percent of the overall Catholic vote in the U.S., and 2) the real battle among Catholic voters is among white Catholics -- that is where the election will be won or lost.
If polling starts to show Romney's lead over Obama among white Catholics weakening or strengthening then that will be news! That Hispanic voters, whether Catholic or not, will not be voting for the GOP candidate is to be expected after the unfortunate immigration meltdown among Republicans in 2005. Remember, George W. Bush won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote in the 2004 election -- those numbers will not return for a long, long time.
Deal W. Hudson is president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Networks and former publisher/editor of Crisis Magazine. Deacon Keith Fournier is the Editor in Chief of Catholic Online and a constitutional lawyer who is currently writing his dissertation for the PhD in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Abortion, Pro-Life, Susan B Anthony List, Obama, Romney, Biden, Ryan, Republican, Democrat, campaign 2012, Social Justce, Deal Hudson, Deacon Keith Fournier
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