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understatement of the week

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 11, 2008

In the Super Tuesday Democratic primaries, the New York Times reports, Catholic voters swung heavily toward Hillary Clinton. Why? The Times offers a few theories, including the Clinton edge with Hispanic voters and the possibility that Catholics, educated by nuns, may be more likely to accept female leaders.

Hold on a second. How many Catholics have been educated by nuns in the past 30 years? That theory sounds wobbly. It doesn't help that the woman who advances it, a member of the New York state assembly, illustrates her point by recalling a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini:

"When you’re a fourth grader coming from Queens and you see that — well, you talk about female role models," Ms. Nolan said. "Not that I’m putting Hillary Clinton in that category."

Right. Definitely a different category.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 14, 2008 8:33 AM ET USA

    Another reason why you must read "The Faithful Departed" by Phil Lawler is to read the answer to why Catholics were transformed into advocates of abortion rights and other liberal causes championed by Hilliary Clinton. Catherine Nolan holds the most extreme positions on abortion, even campaigning against pro-abortion Joseph Crowley because Crowley had voted to prohibit partial-birth abortion. She often wraps herself in nostalgic Catholic identity - undermining the right to life of the unborn

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2008 4:02 PM ET USA

    I was at a dinner; there were 2 laymen (including me) and 4 Religious. The only 2, who would not vote Democrat due to the Democrat love affair with abortion, were the 2 laymen. Three priests and one Brother were all "proud" Democrats. They said "CLIMATE CONTROL AND EDUCATION WERE AS IMPORTANT AS FIGHTING ABORTION." Needless to say we laymen left the dinner in abject disgust!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2008 1:59 PM ET USA

    Those Catholics who are still loyal to the Magisterium must begin to remind our poorly taught and/or faltering fellow Catholics that voting for any candidate with a pro-abortion stand is NOT possible in good conscience, especially when presented with a pro-life alternative. The NCCB's recent statement on political responsibility for Catholics cannot be construed in any other way than this. We must remind our misguided Democrat Catholic friends that they have a duty to a Higher Authority.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2008 1:48 PM ET USA

    Can a Catholic vote for a Protestant Evangelical who regards the Pope as the AntiChrist? Please explain. AMDG

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2008 7:40 AM ET USA

    I heartily second the previous comment. Why are Catholics voting in droves in the democratic primaries, indicating that Catholics will vote in droves for a pro abortion candidate in Nov.? As far I can tell, there is zero pressure from the Catholic voter himself to challenge the candidates on this issue - in any open forum. Why doesn't the Catholic layman pound the party of their choice on this issue, since this is the party of their choice apparently? it's enough to make one weep.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2008 5:46 AM ET USA

    Though my parochial schooling ended in 1974 (8th grade), the influence of those Irish Sisters of Mercy have been with me daily. Nothing I learned from them resembles anything that comes out of Hillary Clinton's mouth. Sister Mary Patrick must be rolling in her grave to suggest otherwise.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2008 1:49 PM ET USA

    I keep wondering why I haven't seen a single article commenting on the fact that Catholic Democrats find themselves presented with a choice between a pro-abortion candidate and a pro-infanticide candidate. Or maybe an article about why there are Catholic Democrats?

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