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Catholic college faculty donors overwhelmingly supported Obama

December 05, 2012

Faculty and staff at 23 leading Catholic colleges and universities overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama, according to a study of federal election donations conducted by

The staff of the website, which is “designed to provide conservative activists with the resources, networking capabilities, and skills they need to revolutionize the struggle against leftist bias and abuse on college campuses,” found that 748 faculty and staff donated $449,229 to President Obama’s campaign, while 78 donated $70,304 to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Support for President Obama was particularly strong at Georgetown University (288 donors), the University of Notre Dame (89 donors), Boston College (84 donors), and Fordham University (66 donors).


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  • Posted by: - Dec. 17, 2012 10:33 AM ET USA

    The bishops are indeed largely silent. When they do attempt to speak, the credibility problem continues. Laughing it up with Obama, or suddenly (i.e., since Vatican II) finding a need for "religious freedom" is not enhancing their credibility. The bishops ought to teach, and with courage, rule their dioceses pursuant to canon law, and forget the dinners and writing books.

  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 06, 2012 9:01 AM ET USA

    The news about secular progressive universities, like ND, Georgetown, and BC should alarm all Catholic families with children ... but it won't because our bishops are silent. The USCCB should be roundly condemning these institutions of lower learning, but our liberal shepherds are silent, allowing Catholic parents and their children to be misled about "Catholic education". The bishops lack of courage and integrity allows Catholic kids to be indoctrinated by un-Christian institutions.

  • Posted by: joancollins507161 - Dec. 05, 2012 6:21 PM ET USA

    I am so happy my grandson who is graduating high school this spring has decided to go to K-State, a secular college. I'm convinced that if he attends a "Catholic" college he will lose his faith.

  • Posted by: jmarrenjr3997 - Dec. 05, 2012 2:16 PM ET USA

    Your article is an indictment of the Catholic education system...Georgetown University, Boston College, Fordham University and The University of Notre Dame are not really Catholic Universities at all...I suggest the same holds true for Villanova and Saint Joseph's here in the Philadelphia area. I understand that you will not post this comment, all part of the "Emperor's new suit of clothes" syndrome afflicting most of today's ostensibly Catholic press and heirarchy. God bless!

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Dec. 05, 2012 1:32 PM ET USA

    What an eye opening set of numbers!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 05, 2012 12:40 PM ET USA

    This information is not surprising and just confirms that the moral compass of many Catholic colleges is out of synch with the Church’s. At the crux of this disconnect is a lack of clarity on the part of the American Church regarding the moral requisites for voting, as well as a clear and unambiguous identification of intrinsic evils and their dire moral consequences. The Church must openly pronounce that Catholic voters can not in good conscience vote or support (e.g. through campaign donations) anyone who actively (or passively) supports intrinsic evils. The Church must also categorically state that there is no such thing as moral equivalency regarding intrinsic evils and that an intrinsic evil can NEVER be mitigated or offset. In other words a candidate supporting abortion (an intrinsic evil) can not offset his/her abortion position by holding other positions that are positive in the eyes of the Church.