Washington D.C., Aug 17, 2012 / 10:24 am
Catholics for Obama has launched its 2012 initiative with a focus on economic issues, in an apparent shift from its 2008 presentation of the presidential candidate as "pro-life."
"We endorse the President because of his tireless focus on economic security for middle-class families," the national co-chairs of Catholics for Obama wrote in an Aug. 13 letter, kicking off their effort to target a key voting bloc in the closely contested election.
Proclaiming their commitment "to our faith and our country," the 21 signers devoted much of their letter to jobs and the economy, along with a variety of foreign policy items which have been seldom-mentioned in the presidential campaign.
A brief mention was made of the president's health care law, which has created a major controversy with the nation's Catholic bishops after it led to the formulation of a rule requiring insurance coverage of contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs.