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Straying Flock: Overwhelming Majority Of Catholics Ignore Voting Instructions From Bishops

Last night the nation witnessed a debate between two Catholic politicians: Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).

You could say these two represent divergent wings of America’s Catholic population. Ryan is a traditionalist who focuses on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Biden hews to the church’s social justice message, which is more progressive in tone. Read more

Amen, Sister!: Catholic Bishops' Media Rep. Preaches Nonpartisan Pulpits

I can't say I agree with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops all that often. The hierarchy's stands for tax aid to religious schools and against reproductive rights, civil rights for gay people, stem-cell research and other issues are often wrong from my perspective.

That's why I was surprised to see a recent Religion News Service essay on religion and politics from a USCCB representative that was pretty much on target. Read more