2012 election

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Obama campaign sought Denver rally at Catholic university

Nov 1, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

The Obama campaign attempted to schedule a rally-like event on a Catholic university campus in the key swing state of... Read more

Bishop David D. Kagan of Bismarck, N.D.

North Dakota bishop stands by pastoral letter on election

Oct 31, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

Bishop David D. Kagan of Bismarck defended his letter on the election which was read this weekend at parishes in... Read more

A banner outside of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska.

Nebraska Catholics dedicated to cause of religious freedom

Oct 28, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

A group of Nebraska Catholics has created and donated banners for 147 Catholic churches that bear messages about defending religious... Read more

A screenshot of the Obama campaign's Lena Dunham ad.

Catholic analyst reacts to Obama campaign's new 'anti-woman' ad

Oct 26, 2012

A nonpartisan political analyst says Obama’s new ad featuring a young woman describing her “first time” voting for the president... Read more


Pennsylvania bishop highlights issues at stake in election

Oct 26, 2012

The right of the Catholic institutions to exist with integrity is threatened by the Health and Human Services contraception and... Read more

Paul Ryan delivers his first major policy address on upward mobility and the economy at Cleveland State University.

Paul Ryan defends poverty aid reform, vision of charity in society

Oct 25, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Oct. 24 that he believes reforming poverty aid programs and allowing religious and... Read more

A bilingual voting sign.

Voter scorecard informs Latinos about religious freedom threats

Oct 25, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A group that works to offer a Catholic voice in the public square has released a new guide to inform... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia celebrates Mass Oct. 20, 2012 at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica.

Archbishop Chaput: Be Catholic before you are Democrat or Republican

Oct 25, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

As the country approaches election day in two weeks, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is encouraging Catholic voters to... Read more

A screenshot of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy's voting app.

Priests' group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app

Oct 24, 2012

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has released a non-partisan voting guide for Catholics in the form of a free mobile... Read more

Cardinal Francis George at the Centennial Symposium for Our Sunday Visitor.

Cardinal George warns US secularization is more serious than elections

Oct 23, 2012

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that the “secularizing” of American culture is a “much larger issue” than political... Read more

Melissa Deckman, political science professor at Washington College, speaks at a Catholic vote panel Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C.

Complex Catholic women's vote might influence the election

Oct 23, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

An analysis of Catholic women during the 2012 election season shows significant levels of agreement with Church teaching on contraception,... Read more

Archbishop Thomas Wenski speaks during an Oct. 19, 2012 press conference on the HHS lawsuit by the Archdiocese of Miami.

Miami archdiocese sues over 'real threat' from HHS mandate

Oct 19, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

The Archdiocese of Miami and two other Catholic entities filed a lawsuit today against the HHS mandate, adding to the... Read more

President Barack Obama, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laugh at the Oct. 18, 2012 Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.

Al Smith dinner includes religious freedom references amid humor

Oct 19, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

An annual Catholic fundraising dinner with both major presidential candidates provided a night of laughter, as well as reminders of... Read more

A woman holds a sign encouraging people to vote.

Exit poll reductions not likely to lessen Catholic vote impact

Oct 19, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A decision to reduce the number of states included in exit polls after the 2012 presidential election is not expected... Read more

Mitt Romney (R) speaks as President Barack Obama (L) listens during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University October 16, 2012.

In tight presidential race, social issues could have an impact

Oct 17, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

In an election year that continues to be dominated by economic concerns, one public policy analyst believes that social issues... Read more

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden smiles during the vice presidential debate at Centre College October 11, 2012 in Danville, Ky.

Analysts say Biden's abortion stance leaves reality behind

Oct 12, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s profession that he is personally opposed to abortion while supporting its legalization fails to acknowledge... Read more

Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event on Sept. 7, 2012 in Nashua, N.H.

Romney reaffirms pro-life commitment after controversy

Oct 10, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reiterated his pro-life views after he made a statement in an interview that sparked concern... Read more

Carl Anderson and his new e-book “Proclaim Liberty: Notes on the Next Great Awakening”

New e-book on Catholic voting urges political transformation

Oct 6, 2012

Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, will release an e-book of his three recent major speeches on responsibility... Read more


Catholic group flunks Obama on religious liberty

Oct 5, 2012

Religious liberty advocacy group the Catholic Association released a voter guide on Oct. 4 that gives a failing grade to... Read more

President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney shake hands after the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012.

Presidential debate reflects Catholic concerns over economy

Oct 4, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Economic issues dominated the discussion at the first presidential debate of the election season, reflecting the widespread concern among Catholics,... Read more