The liberals are getting desparate. Now, they’re claiming that by reminding John Kerry and other Catholics of the Church’s non-negotiable teachings, the bishops are helping him get elected. The implication is clear: either stop talking about this stuff or Kerry will get elected.
A couple of bad assumptions there. For one thing, they assume that the goal is prevent Kerry from being elected. Personally, I think that would be a good thing, but the overarching goal is to cause Kerry et al to convert and to prevent confusion and scandal among the faithful.
Also, the analysis ignores other factors that may influence the polling, assuming that only religious matters influence how Catholic voters vote. And it doesn’t define Catholic. What is a Catholic, for the purposes of this survey? Anyone who was baptized in a Catholic Church or does it have to be someone who goes to Mass almost every Sunday?
What a lousy piece of analysis this article is: it makes assumptions where there is not demonstrable cause-and-effect. For example, it assumes that because Colorado and Missouri have become battleground states, it’s because that’s where Archbishops Chaput and Burke and Bishop Sheridan are. Maybe it could have something to do with the steep rise in Hispanic immigration to Colorado over the past four years. Maybe other factors too. But the author doesn’t offer evidence to support his assertions, just innuendo and conjecture.
Like I said, they’re getting desparate.