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Don't Catholic voters notice the Church is under attack?

September 25, 2012

Troubled by polls that show President Obama leading among Catholic voters—and only narrowly trailing among the most active Catholics—Hadley Arkes writes that it is “breathtaking and unbelievable.”

It is pointless to lay the blame on Republican challenger Mitt Romney, Arkes argues:

The real scandal involves a Catholic population that has somehow not noticed the war on Catholic life taking place, or has decided that it doesn’t matter.

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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Sep. 26, 2012 4:24 PM ET USA

    Another example of how we've lost our Catholic identity. Many who self-identify as Catholic have no idea what it entails. My nephew, a lapsed Catholic for for many years presented himself for Communion at the funeral of an aunt. My brother, his father (also lapsed for many more years) asked his son afterward if he thought he should have done so. He replied, 'Why not? I'm a good person.' Yes, I agree. But NOT a good Catholic. At least my brother sees the difference. His son does not.

  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Sep. 26, 2012 3:44 PM ET USA

    The polling numbers reveal the existence of a serious disconnect between the institutional Church and many baptized Catholics to the extent that most of them ignore and are indifferent to Church teaching in matters of faith and morals, despite their baptismal duty to submit to the authority of the Church in these matters; an authority endowed by Christ himself, who said to his apostles,"He who hears you, hears me" leaving the formation of their conscience to the whims and fancies of the age.

  • Posted by: sarsok8679 - Sep. 26, 2012 12:26 PM ET USA

    First off, I am not so sure that polls, lately, are not biased in favor of Democrats. Next, the USA Catholic hierarchy has not since the advent of the pill, advocated Catholic teaching on the insidious nature of the pill on marriages and the evils of fornication. So forcing the Church to insure their employees for birth control is not so outlandish in the minds of most dumbed down Catholics. Finally the secular view is we are to be a tolerant people, however, tolerance of evil is no virture.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 26, 2012 10:08 AM ET USA

    If you think to be a Catholic, realize the importance of you vote to save America from a downfall.It is importance of having leaders who recognize the existence of an almighty God. If one really loves America, put it under God's protection.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Sep. 25, 2012 6:37 PM ET USA

    One other possibility is that most "Catholics" like the changes that Obama's administration is forcing on the Church. And a lot of the clerics are in agreement with them.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Sep. 25, 2012 5:05 PM ET USA

    “breathtaking and unbelievable.”? Breathtaking, yes. Dreadfully sad, yes. Unbelievable? No. Vatican II.