Category Archives: Elections
Twice this past week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan urged the laity to be more engaged in political life. His remarks follow his return from Rome where he was elevated to the College of Cardinals.
Prior to his public comments, the Cardinal wrote on his blog (3/1/12) that faithful Catholics should continue to oppose the HHS mandate: “We need you more than ever! We can’t give up hoping, praying, trying, and working hard.”
Then this past Saturday (3/3/12), Cardinal Dolan addressed the annual diocesan public policy forum in advance of lobbying efforts at the state capital in Albany, New York. As The New York Times reported in their article:
“Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told Roman Catholics on Saturday that in an era when the church was fighting the government on several fronts, they needed to make their voices heard more clearly in the political sphere.”
We applaud Cardinal Dolan for articulating what we as the laity should be reminded at this critical moment for our church and our country.
This is why we founded Catholic Advocate: To defend the settled issues of our Church’s teaching, including the right to religious liberty. Towards this end, we work hard everyday on your behalf.
We take seriously what Pope Benedict XVI said to the Pontifical Council of the Laity during the “Witnesses to Christ in the political community” gathering on May 21, 2010:
“It is also the duty of the laity to participate actively in political life, in a manner coherent with the teaching of the Church, bringing their well- founded reasoning and great ideals into the democratic debate, and into the search for a broad consensus among everyone who cares about the defense of life and freedom, the protection of truth and the good of the family, solidarity with the needy, and the vital search for the common good.”
Pope Benedict’s words encouraged us as we wrote in The Washington Times last year that Catholic voters hold the power to change elections.
Our bishops’ are an important voice, but when we, the laity, join with theirs’ we make a sound so loud it cannot be ignored.
On December 10, 2011, The Daily Beast/Newsweek published the following commentary written by Catholic Advocate’s leadership:
The Catholic vote is up for grabs—and more complex than ever. Deal W. Hudson and Matt Smith, leaders in Catholic political advocacy, explain how either party could win it next year.
Candidates seeking to woo Catholic voters in 2012 will be dealing with political dynamics far more complicated than any since 1980. Since the Reagan years, when it became clear Catholic voters were up for grabs, both Democrats and Republicans have developed somewhat predictable ways of courting them. Democrats pretend settled issues like abortion and marriage are matters of private conscience, while Republicans have asserted themselves as the pro-life party. (more…)
Catholic Advocate’s Deal Hudson & Matt Smith today released the following statement regarding the quadrennial Faithful Citizenship document:
Every four years the Catholic bishops publish a document entitled “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” If tradition holds, a new version of “Faithful Citizenship” is due to be approved at the bishops’ annual Baltimore meeting in November.
We’re told that no substantial edits are being made to the 2008 version of the document, so that we can expect the 2012 version to be roughly the same as its predecessor.
If so, this is a problem and needs to be remedied. The 2008 version of “Faithful Citizenship” contains several passages (Sections 34-37) that are capable of overly broad interpretation. Groups like Catholics United and Catholic Democrats cherry-picked the following passage from Section 35 for prominent display on their web sites and in their printed materials.
“There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position may decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons.Voting in this way would be permissible only for truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil.” [emphasis added]. (more…)
Why they need a political ground game
Published by The Washington Times (Commentary Section) on July 5, 2011
It’s natural for Democrats to reach out to Catholic voters – they are found close at hand in urban centers and among the rank and file of our nation’s labor unions. The Democratic Party’s message to Catholics is dependably amplified by the media, friendly clergy and academics long aligned with the political left. The only political outreach to Catholics independent of the party machinery comes through fake Catholic groups funded by labor unions and George Soros-type donors.
The Ronald Reagan years taught Republicans the importance of reaching out to Catholics, but most GOP candidates and their operatives still need to be reminded. That Mass-attending Catholics are now naturally disposed toward the Republican Party is a fact that has never been fully embraced. John McCain’s 2008 campaign made a shallow attempt to lure the Catholic voters who had provided the winning margins for Republican presidential candidates in 1980, 1988, 2000 and 2004. (more…)
The [Southern] Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) met June 16-18, 2011, in New Orleans. The RLC meets annually and is the largest gathering of Republicans apart from the national Republican Convention held every four years. Catholic Advocate was invited to be a sponsor at the event and Deal W. Hudson, Catholic Advocate President, spoke on social issues during a panel hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List.
Over 2000 attendees listened to speakers including presidential hopefuls, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Herman Cain. Both Catholic candidates, Santorum and Gingrich, were received warmly and enthusiastically by those attending the conference. Also speaking on Friday afternoon was the Catholic Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal and Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi. (more…)
When Newt Gingrich announces his presidential exploratory committee much of the news analysis will focus on his conversion to Catholicism in August 2009. Some reporters will ask whether his motives were political. Others will assume the conversion will turn off Evangelical voters, and a few will, cynically, comment on the contrast between his newly-found faith, well-known previous marriages, and an affair with an unmarried woman, Callista Bisek, before she became his wife. (more…)
In the aftermath of the 2010 elections, political observers immediately turned their sights toward the 2012 presidential election. The strength of Republican efforts in 2010 has provoked much discussion as to what could happen in 2012. (more…)
This morning, Matt Smith and I attended the 112th Congress Bipartisan Prayer Service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. marking the beginning of Congressman John Boehner (R, OH-08) as Speaker of the House of Representatives. (more…)
By Deal Hudson
In my pre-election comment for Catholic Advocate, I predicted Catholics were going to “repent” for their support of Obama and the Democratic Party agenda.
CNN national exit polling reports tell the story: Catholic voters returned to the GOP yesterday by a margin of 53 percent to 45 percent.
These numbers are basically a reversal of the 2008 presidential results. Catholic contrition is seen throughout the election results in House and Senate races as well as gubernatorial results.
There are exciting, new pro-life Catholic candidates going to Congress. Pro-life Catholic incumbent members of Congress were reelected.
The decision of Bart Stupak (D-MI) not to run for reelection suggests he knew exactly what was coming. Many Catholic Democrats who followed him by caving in to party pressure to support Obamacare were defeated.
Steve Driehaus (D-OH) lost by a wide margin. Driehaus was the “pro-life Catholic” congressman who attempted to put Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA List, in jail for telling the truth about his support of federally funded abortion.
Charlie Wilson (D-OH), who lied about his vote for Obamacare in the diocesan newspaper in Steubenville, was also soundly beaten.
And, there were more, including Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA) and Joe Sestak (D-PA).
The darling of the Catholic Left was also defeated: Tom Perriello (D-VA). Perriello was being held up by fake Catholic groups like Catholics United as a “pro-life Catholic” even though he supported Obamacare and the abortion funding that went with it.
I will be publishing a comprehensive analysis of the Catholic vote in the 2010 mid-term elections tomorrow morning at the American Spectator.
By Deal W. Hudson
The polling results released by the New York Times last week do not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the recent history of the Catholic vote.
The NYTs poll found that the percentage of self-identified Catholics favoring GOP candidates has risen 34% since the 2008 election. (more…)