CNA Staff, Sep 15, 2020 / 04:00 am
A political advocacy group led by Catholics said Tuesday it has launched a campaign to reach Catholic voters in swing states to call attention to presidential candidate Joe Biden's policy agenda on issues of importance to Catholics, and a record of public service the group called "anti-Catholic."
"We stand with our Catholic bishops in making clear that no person has a right to judge a person's soul, or relationship with God. Instead we are fulfilling our obligation as Catholic laypersons in defending the time-honored truths of our Faith, publicly and repeatedly cast aside by Mr. Biden over the past 47 years," Brian Burch, president of political advocacy group CatholicVote, told CNA Sept. 15.
The group plans to release a "comprehensive report on Joe Biden's decades-long career in public service from a Catholic perspective," which it says will assess "where Biden stands today on issues of fundamental importance to Catholics including the sanctity of life, religious liberty, judges, education, the dignity of work, and other core issues."
The effort comes as both the Biden and Trump presidential campaigns court Catholic voters, both campaigns have made efforts to suggest they represent a commitment to Catholic social teaching. Catholics represent a key voting demographic in several swing states, and Trump won the Catholic vote by six points in 2016.