Talking about the "things that matter most" on October 9
4:00 – Catholics For Romney vs. Catholics for Obama
Since 1972, every single presidential candidate who has won the popular vote has also won the Catholic vote. But with Catholics making up one in every four voters, pinning down what exactly the Catholic vote is becomes tricky. Catholics no longer reliably vote for any one party, but historically, they have voted Democratic. In recent years the numbers change dramatically when you look at Catholics who attend Mass regularly – those voters are much more likely to vote Republican. Needless to say, the Catholic vote remains important in 2012. We hold a debate between two Catholic leaders who are on separate sides of this Presidential election - Deal Hudson of the PA Catholics Network and James Salt of Catholics United.
5:00 – Toward a New Political Paradigm: A Call for Catholics to Reform Politics
It goes without saying that, instead of the recent moves against religious liberty, government needs to give the churches freedom, encouragement, and help to bring about a moral rejuvenation of American culture without which other economic initiatives may be for naught. It also goes without saying that for such a new political paradigm to have a chance to take hold, truly public-spirited politicians would have to “teach” the public about the reasonableness, value, and necessity of it. They would have to get beyond simply rounding up votes for the next election and recover the long-lost educative function of politics. Franciscan University professor Stephen Krason is here to discuss how he believes Catholics can reform the GOP.