October 24, 2017
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The Catholic Church — a politically and ethnically sprawling institution — has no natural home on the American ideological spectrum. Neither major party combines moral conservatism with a passion for social justice. So Catholic leaders have often challenged Democrats to be more pro-life and Republicans to… Read More
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  • Anonymous

    So Obama ran an assault against white Catholics? Like that even makes any sense.

    • Anonymous

      Gerson must be Catholic since he’s assuming their self-described martyr status. Guess they feel the need to be persecuted. And they’re losing members for their policies and orders to the troops.

  • Anonymous

    Romney’s 47% comments reveal what is at the heart of the republican party, subservience to wealth and the wealthy. The only way the gop will regain ground is to convince more middle and lower income people to vote against their own interests. They have used that strategy successfully, fooling working class whites and some ethnics groups with their disingenuous promises while smearing their opponents with all manner of racial, social issue, partisan mud, not winning over voter’s hearts so much as winning over voters that hate the opposition even more. As the Catholic churches lose membership and relevancy, as the ridiculous pronouncements and theatrics of evangelicals shame themselves too into irrelevancy, it will take quite a feat of bravado, rhetorical gymnastics, outright shapeshifting for the republicans to regain their ability to confuse voters into voting against their own interests in great numbers again. Romney was just too blatantly a sneering, upper crust elitist shipping jobs off to who knows where to appeal to any but the most hardened partisan mind. If I were a white, working class conservative I wouldn’t have voted for him either…

  • Anonymous

    Gerson rarely makes sense. President Obama won the majority of the Catholic vote. This column is not informative….nothing new there.

  • Anonymous

    Pity the poor Catholic Church having to deal with opposing perspectives, such as all Americans having equal access to birth control. It’s fine of course for the Church to pontificate against abortion but no US president should have the temerity to argue otherwise? The Church as “an institution that has been multicultural since Peter first set foot in Rome”? Too funny. Ask the Jews or the Protestant reformers. Ask the many “heathens” burned at the stake.

  • Anonymous

    From the headline, I first thought the “toxic alliance” was that of the Catholic Church and conservative protestants. Guess that’s not what he had in mind.

  • Anonymous

    Whew, when I read that headline I thought it was about oshama and democrats around the country.

    • Anonymous

      One question came to mind after reading this article. What religion is our President’s faith? does anyone know??

  • Anonymous

    “According to the first cut of exit poll analysis by the Pew Research
    Center, Obama’s support among white Catholics fell to 40 percent — seven
    points lower than four years ago”

    And yet the MAJORITY of ALL Catholics voted for OBAMA!!! I read the research and this is NOTHING but a spin piece.—- Playing with and manipulating the actual numbers and results to promote a specific polticial agenda.

    The majority of ALL CATHOLICS VOTED FOR OBAMA !!!!IN fact , obama won rthe majority OF ALL the religious VOTES. Compassion for the poor won out over “moral conservatism” what ever THAT is. Go directly to the poll to see what it actually says.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly — why parse out whites and then try and use it as support that there was an attack on Catholics? Nothing but lies.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. Mr Gerson “conveniently” glosses over the part (and very relevant) about “the majority of all Catholics voted for Obama” His piece here therefore loses credibility.

  • Anonymous

    Give it time, very shortly, Catholics will be going into the confessional, kneeling and saying…”Bless me father for i have sinned…i voted for obama”. That’s the good news…..the bad news….the priest will forgive them.

  • Anonymous

    Catholics are more important to this country than you think.. If the Pope called us up to fight, the war wouldn’t last long.

    • Anonymous

      Huh? Fight what? What war?

  • Scott Harriman

    I just wish the Catholics would quit trying to write their narrow religious views into the law that all of us have to follow.

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