Tom Cunilio: The Catholic vote is key

Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 9:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 9:26 a.m.

Peter Roff, a contributing editor at U.S. News and World Report, recently wrote this: "Catholics are a key demographic in the upcoming election. In fact, they may be the key demographic.

In most every presidential contest since the end of World War II, the candidate who carried the Catholic vote won the election. Over time they have, as a bloc, become more conservative and more Republican in their voting patterns (they were once a major component of the Democrats' presidential coalition) as concerns over settled issues like the morality of abortion overtook in importance concerns about unsettled issues like the best way to secure social justice for the poor and the downtrodden."

The bishop of the St. Augustine Catholic Diocese, Felipe Etevez, has asked all voters to look at the freedom of religion issue embedded in the HHS mandate and decide for themselves. The Sun has ignored totally this issue in its thinning pages. Why? It could be said that fear of Catholic Democrats actually thinking about the issue(s) is the reason.

To be clear, the Church does not advocate legal restrictions on contraception. Rather, the ethical argument attacks the government's assertion that the contraception mandate, which includes abortifacients and sterilization, is necessary for women's health. The moral argument, one of conscience, actually may frighten editors at the Sun and Alligator.

Tom Cunilio


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