Catholic Voters and the Papal Visit

The current New York Times series on Pope Benedict XVI provides excellent insight into the dynamics behind the pope's visit. The April 13 article portrays the complexity of this Pope's ...

The Obama Charisma

Two new items give fascinating insight into the depth of support that Barack Obama inspires. Robert Bellah in Commonweal writes of the way Obama has reignited "the theological virtue of ...

Catholic Sound and Furor

An important exchange about Catholic engagement in public life occurred this week in the pages of the Washington Post. On Sunday, Joe Feuerherd reacted to the U.S. Catholic bishops' recent ...

Whither the Catholic Swing Vote?

Jim Dwyer in the New York Times last week noted: Catholics, who make up about a quarter of the registered voters in the country, have backed the winner of the ...

Michael Moore's Moral Prohibition

The day after the Super Bowl, Michael Moore told Larry King that because of his Catholic principles he is "morally prohibited" from voting for Hilary Clinton for president as a ...