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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Catholics to bishops: Eh.

Posted By on Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Blog readers commented during the campaign that Arkansas Catholic clergy had joined many others nationally in being just about as direct as possible in urging votes for the presidential candidate who was "right" on abortion, above all else. The message was particularly pointed, readers said, at LR's big Christ the King.

Well, guess what?

After a presidential campaign in which it was widely perceived that the dominant message from the bishops was that Catholics were morally obliged not to vote for a candidate supporting abortion rights, exit polls show that Catholics voted 52 percent to 45 percent for Senator Barack Obama. That was seven percentage points more than the Catholic vote in 2004 for Senator John Kerry, a fellow Catholic.

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