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The Power of Political Communion

posted on September 17, 2012

At The New York Times, Molly Worthen writes about how both presidential campaigns have framed this election as a “cosmic decision” between, as Joe Biden recently said, “two different visions, two different value sets.” And because both Vice President Biden and his challenger, Paul Ryan, are practicing Catholics, the “cosmic” dimensions of this election have often taken a decidedly Catholic form. Yet this season, the Democratic Party, the longtime political home for most American Catholics, has “marginalized progressive Catholic intellectuals.” The Democrats have done so, argues Worthen, “for the same reason that Rome has: because they habitually challenge sacred doctrines.”

Read at The New York Times