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A few thoughts on the election

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Nov 03, 2004

First, I am gratified to see that marriage referenda passed by large margins in all 11 states (including Oregon!) where they were on the ballot, but I'm disappointed to see that California has pledged to spend $3 billion to kill unborn children to harvest their stem cells for medical researc for sick celebrities (and others, too, I guess.)

I also think that the eventual result of the Catholic vote was significant. The final polls show that Catholics voted for Bush along the same lines as the rest of the country, 50 percent to 48. That is significant because Kerry was often touted as the first Catholic presidential candidate since John Kennedy. However, where Kennedy won 80 percent of the Catholic vote, Kerry was unable to convince enough Catholics that his Catholicism was sincere or important enough to him to get them to switch their votes.

One thing we learned was that there a lot of education will be needed for Catholics on their civic responsibilities. The divisions among bishops on the duties of Catholics with regard to how they vote regarding nonnegotiable issues have highlighted a major fault line in the Church in America. We're going to need some serious introspection before the next national elections.

So how long before Cardinal McCarrick’s commission finally issues its document on pro-abortion Catholic politicians? I’m holding my breath.

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  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Nov. 04, 2004 7:36 PM ET USA

    It is my guess that the Catholic Vote in MA for Kerry was larger than the rest of the country.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 12:48 PM ET USA

    Now's the time for some fun. Try this: Tell Catholic liberals that although you were personally opposed to George Bush, you voted for him because you didn't feel like you should impose your moral beliefs on others.

  • Posted by: Eusebuis1 - Nov. 04, 2004 7:17 AM ET USA

    Cardinal McCarrick turns 75 next year. He proformally will submit his resignation to the Vatican. Given all that has "happened" under his watch. It will be interesting to see whether the Pope accepts his resignation. I'm not holdidng my beath but I pray for some action from the Vatican.

  • Posted by: visions - Nov. 03, 2004 5:09 PM ET USA

    While watching the television today, Fox showed a picture of the Bush family watching the results in the family residence at the White House. The camera moved around the room showing all the members of the Bush family. Finally closing in on President Bush sitting by an end table with a lamp and a beautiful picture of the Madonna and Child.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 03, 2004 4:54 PM ET USA

    Domenico, please stop holding your breath. You will turn very blue indeed if you wait that long.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Nov. 03, 2004 3:39 PM ET USA

    The bishops and clergy who waffled on the crime of abortion, by couching it under the usual "peace and justice" issues like the minimum wage and supporting organic coffee farms in Central America, need to line up at the nearest cofessional. That is, assuming that they do confess their sin. The Church has a crisis of leadership in terms of numbers. Our great outspoken bishops labot under a mountain of mediocrity.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 03, 2004 3:34 PM ET USA

    Cardinal McCarrick's Comm. will do the usual and fudge the issue. The faithful follow leaders, not chickens. Until we see some real leadership from our Bishops (with a few exceptions) the American Church will continue to drift.

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