Why Only Cafeteria Catholics Can Survive in American Politics

September 21, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

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Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Associate Professor of American Studies, discusses the challenges Catholics face when running for office or trying to choose a political party.

By Emma Green.  Published 9.21.16 in The Atlantic

There are lots of ways to be a Catholic public leader in the United States. But the only path that’s impossible, it seems, is to advocate policies that fully follow the Church’s teachings on Jesus. Politicians of both parties have to pick and choose their theology, sticking to party lines that defy the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops’ guide to faithful citizenship. For their part, lay Catholics have largely blended into the general electorate. Far from taking positions that are distinctive to their faith, many hold views that reflect their partisan allegiances.

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