I don't know...under the circumstances, at least in my diocese, I think the Church did everything they could except endorse Romney for tax/political reasons....and how can anyone not know how proabortion Obama is? I mean at least Catholics on here knew because we told them...and some of them not only voted for him but defended him. For instance, just the fact that Obama voted 3 x to pass the bill to kill a baby born alive...two bodies seperated so definitely murder but he voted for it....they knew this and justified their vote anyway with pure evil like it is the women's choice (and doctor) and they will be accountable....since when do we as a society not punish murder and instead even promote it?
That is not what I said. Anyone who knew and understood those things and voted for Obama, would have probably committed a mortal sin.
But most "Catholics" did not know or understand, because on the whole, our Church leaders statements were so scholarly and confusing that they did not know and understand. And at the parish priest level, again on the whole, far too many did not even address the issues or were so wishy-washy because they were afraid to upset people that the word was not delivered clearly.
There were and are exceptions. Your Bishop and your pastor might well have been very clear. I don't know if you are in th Philly Diocese, but are close enough so that Archbishop Chaput's words, which were very clear, would not have been missed. Other people in these forums have named other Bishops and or Pastors who did an outstanding job.
But read the USCCB's official statement. It is not written so that the average person could easily understand the message. It goes out of its way not to antagonize.
Remember, the lay staff of the USCCB is basically very liberal in its outlook. So the original drafts of anything published are all written by them. Add to the mix the lawyers that look over everyone's shoulder to insure whatever comes out does not violate laws. Finally, remember that the Bishops, who have the final say, are educated well beyond the average person's level.
That virtually insures that anything coming out of there is going to be ignoring the KISS principle and the basic rule for writing for understanding; to write at the 9th or lower grade level.
An easy example is: A Catholic cannot vote for anyone who openly and publicly promotes abortion, same sex marriage. That is straight forward, easily understandable by all but the most obtuse. A person who heard that and could not connect the dots is probably unreachable without someone saying you cannot vote for "insert a name."
The official USCCB statement wasts a lot of words rambling on about voting your conscience introducing other extraneous things about social justice and and the exceptions that could allow someone to vote for a person who promotes the evils. The end result is that the average person ends up confused at to exactly what the Bishops are saying.
Reread the posts of the Obama supporters in the various treads here. A good portion of them are obviously intelligent and well educated. Yet it was not clear to them just what the Bishops were saying, even after they were pounded at by the rest of us. And that was for the simple reason that they could and did point to the USCCB"s official statement in support of their position. Sure part of that come from their predisposition. But what the Bishops had to say, had to be said in such a way that it was absolutely clear in order to break through their predispositions. The ambiguous statement that was published did not do that.