(Quote) Denise-687929 said: www.stltoday.comopinion/columns/colleen-carroll-campbell/article_364e32fb-45fc-536f-bfc6-f7a703a3b77a.html
Colleen Carroll Campbell: Obama is alienating Catholic voters http://www.stltoday.com
Catholics make up about a quarter of the American electorate and have backed the popular-vote winner in every presidential election since 1972. That track record continued through 2008:
Clicking on either of your given site addresses as they appeared did not work. But I finally manged to get to the article.
Mrs. Campbell assessment is right on and I am glad that it was published in a "mainstream" media paper. Its too bad it did not appear in enough widely read publications to have an impact.
However, it highlights the fact that to defeat Obama Catholic pulpits must clearly illustrate the issues in a manner understandable to the average person in the pew and motivate them to vote in a manner consistent with Church teachings.
I've said this before elsewhere. The Bishops in this country had better start sending their seminarians (and themselves) to Protestant Seminaries to learn how to preach in a manner that actually moves congregations.
A lot of what I have heard and read, although accurate, are delivered on such a literate level that the message has no impact. For some reason they appear to have no idea what the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principal is. Nor do they seem to know, understand or are capable of applying one of the primary rules of communicating; i.e. that even aiming the material at the 9th grade level is too high a level for effective communication. Many will never use one word when 10 will do.
You get the idea.
An example: Washington State voters are faced with an initiative to approve so called "gay marriage." If anyone does not know, Washington State is one of the least Churched states in the nation and among the minority of church goers, Catholics are one of the smallest groups.
The Archbishop is broadcasting a very literate piece opposing the initiative. The problem is, of course is that (1) It is delivered in an overly literate style and (2) it is only broadcast on Catholic Radio. So at best the message, assuming it is successful, reaches such a small group (Catholics who listen to catholic radio) that the there would be no discernible impact on the overall voters' decision. But the message has a poor chance of even moving that small a group.