"Progressive" Catholics Going to the Mat for Obama
Todd Aglialoro reports at InsideCatholic:
The "Catholics for Obama" blog yesterday reproduced a Commonweal article by Gerald Beyer, a young theology professor from St. Joseph's University in Philadephia. "Yes You Can: Why Catholics Don't Have to Vote Republican," as the somewhat confused title suggest, purports to refute the idea (held by, oh, about six people tops) that Catholics are morally bound to pull the lever for Republicans, but is really an apologia for supporting Barack Obama. As such it contains all the conscience-salving half-truths, equivocations, and appeals to fuzzy rhetoric that characterize the Douglas Kmiec crowd.
Last note: this piece appears to be part of a growing and disturbing trend. I don't recall Kerry or Gore having Catholics go to the mat like this for them.
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"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama
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How the Catholic Left Will Tackle McCain
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