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The Catholic Church should not be ‘trapped’ in a political party

The Catholic Church should feel free to criticize the government when necessary and “should not be captured by either party,” Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, said this week.

“The Church must have an independent voice to say that we agree when we can agree, and when we can not agree, we will say something,” Bishop Flores told Crux, an online Catholic news outlet.

“And that’s how it works. I mean, the church is free to speak, and we should not be caught by one party or another, ”he added.

Flores is the new head of doctrine selection of the American Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which is tasked with assisting bishops “in areas of faith and morality, providing expertise and guidance on the theological issues facing the Church in the United States.”

The Catholic Church has long been affiliated with the Democratic Party of the United States, and until the 1960s, Catholics could certainly count on voting Democrat. The two Roman Catholic presidents to date have both lined up for the Democratic ticket, with John F. Kennedy taking 80 percent of the Catholic vote.

According to surveys published in the 1970s by Richard Jensen, Paul Kleppner, and others, at the presidential election of the late 19th century, “Catholics of Irish, German, and French backgrounds voted for the Democratic candidate with rates of 75 percent and higher.” Catholics, especially the Irish, also formed the voting base for the democratic political machines in big cities like Boston, New York and Chicago.

Some time after the presidency of John F. Kennedy, the old Catholic Democratic constituency began to break up, a process that was consolidated after the Supreme Court introduced legal abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

As the Democratic Party has become more and more in line with Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby, the percentage of practicing Catholics who vote Democrat has plummeted, and the old Catholic-Democratic alliance has almost disappeared.

Pew Research Center revealed in 2019, that “64% of Catholic Democrats and Democratic slimmers say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases” and all in all, “Catholic Democrats are more likely to favor legal abortion than to oppose it.”

This is an example, Pew found, of Catholic partisans expressing “opinions that are much more in line with the attitudes of their political parties than with the teachings of their church.”

An opinion poll from 2020 completed by RealClear Opinion Research, in collaboration with EWTN News, found a strong link between voting habits and religious practices among Catholics.

Among all Catholics, 68 percent said Supreme Court appointments were a concern in the 2020 election, while 59 percent said the same about abortion – but “among weekly Masses, the concern about abortion rises to 70%.”

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