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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Roman Catholics Voters are Affirming Support for Obama - As Predicted in Maine Writer

Perhaps "Nuns on the Bus" and Sister Simone Campbell, are a reason why Roman Catholics are not following the politically conservative lead of clerics, like Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and are supporting President Barack Obama.  

Roman Catholics are apparently following the social justice teachings of St. Augustine, as articulated by Sister Campbell, who told the Democratic National Convention,  "I am my sister’s keeper. I am my brother’s keeper".

Paul Ryan claims his budget reflects the principles of our shared Catholic faith. But the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the Ryan budget failed a basic moral test, because it would harm families living in poverty.

"We agree with our bishops, and that’s why we went on the road: to stand with struggling families and to lift up our Catholic sisters who serve them. Their work to alleviate suffering would be seriously harmed by the Romney-Ryan budget, and that is wrong", said Sister Simone.

As a matter of fact, while I was attending a program in Augusta, Maine, recently, a wonderfully faithful gentleman from Northern Maine, who happens to be a loyal Republican, seemed perplexed about his Roman Catholicism and his political affiliation. He revealed, to the group we were with, that some of his best friends are asking how he can be a Roman Catholic and Republican? I immediately volunteered my affiliation- as a Roman Catholic and a Democrat.

This dear gentleman is likely feeling the impact of the PEW survey results showing how Roman Catholics are supporting President Obama in greater percentages than they supported him in 2008, when he ran against Senator John McCain.

McCain was where he is now: 54 percent. But Romney has only 39 percent compared with McCain's 45. 

Roman Catholic voters are obviously polling exactly the way I predicted in my blogs responding to Cardinal Dolan's inappropriate participation in both the Republican (RNC) and Democratic (DNC)  Conventions.  Cardinal Dolan didn't demonstration ecclesiastic leadership when he used his prayer at both conventions to convey political messages.  Sister Simone, on the other hand, spoke at the DNC, but she supported advocacy for poor people. Cardinal Dolan should have followed her lead.  Guess who received the higher television ratings?  Of course, Sister Simone had among the highest ratings of all convention speakers.  

Dear blog readers, I can tell from the number of Maine Writer blog hits, the speech by Sister Simone was well received.  Better than the presentation in prayer by Cardinal Dolan.

Therefore, the point of this blog is this:  American Roman Catholic Church leaders should follow Nuns on the Bus.  It's time Roman Catholic Cardinals and Bishops center their attention on supporting the social justice teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. 

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