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Obama alienating Catholic voters, columnist warns

November 15, 2011

President Barack Obama risks alienating a crucial bloc of Catholic voters, writes Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson.

Gerson focuses particularly on the decision by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to withdraw funding from a program administered by the US Catholic bishops. “Broadly applied, the HHS policy would amount to systemic anti-Catholic bias in government programs.”

Because Catholics are generally regarded as a key constituency in presidential elections, Gerson finds the Obama policy “politically incomprehensible.” He says that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (who, incidentally, identifies herself as a Catholic) “is becoming a political embarrassment at an inconvenient time.”


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  • Posted by: jpthegr82109 - Nov. 16, 2011 8:18 PM ET USA

    But wait, isn't Archbishop Dolan 'a bit more at peace' after meeting with President Obama?? Sounds like our Bishops are gearing up to waffle for 2012.