"A recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that, despite the administration’s self-portrayal as the champion of “women’s issues” amidst a supposed Republican “war on women,” the president’s reelection advantage among women has declined in recent months as well as with another key demographic -- Catholics.
Obama was ahead among Catholics by 9 points in early March, and is now trailing by 5 points.
The Pew survey finds that, among Catholic voters with an opinion, 47% would today vote for President Obama, and 52% for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
That same margin, were it to hold on Election Day, would mark a swing of 18 million voters away from Obama." Foxnews
I wrote a while back that the collective response of the Catholic Church to the insurance mandate issues would come when the collective that is the Church came to a consensus.
Here you have the response. There are"outliers" not adhering to this position but they know that in the end they will either accept this position or leave the Church. Groups of rebellious religious do not run the Church.
Lest we forget, these institutions are completely within their legal rights to sue the federal government in this matter. The non-establishment clause of the 1st Amendment has to do with GOVERNMENT actions, not those of citizens or groups of citizens seeking redress of grievances AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.
Pete Williams, the MSNBC courts correspondent said yesterday that the schools, universities, old folks homes, charities, etc. would not qualify for the exceptions in the health care compromise because they were not "primarily" religious institutions. That will be a hard sell in the multitude of courts in which these suits will be tried.
Why? I have been a not very good Catholic for 72 years. I attended Catholic schools most of the time through high school. I understand a good bit about the Church's consistent positions on many things. Throughout my life I have understood that ALL Church connected institutions are primarily about salvation for those performing good works in the name of God. The health care, education, charity work, etc. are all religious works in the Church's eyes. The social benefit derived from these works are secondary in meaning and importance.
Those who respond to tell me that they are Catholic and favor the government's position or that they teach or work at a Catholic institution and work with Catholics who favor the government's position should provide me with their names and that of the institutution at which they claim to work so that I can determine their reality. If you do not do do that, then you will not be posted. The last time we did this, some clown claimed to work at a Jesuit university where his Jesuit "colleagues" supposedly opposed the bishops. When challenged, he disappeared forever. I await you cards and letters.
Obama's arrogance and hubris in this matter may well cause him to lose the election.
The clergy are hypocrites? Yes, but they will not yield in this matter. pl
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/22/obama-grand-miscalculation-with-catholics/#ixzz1vcDLQlE9