Can a Catholic Be a Democrat?
How the Party I Loved Became the Enemy of My Religion
When I told my friend that our new book is called Can a Catholic Be a Democrat?, he shot back, "Can a Catholic be a Republican?"
That's a good question, since these days both parties endorse policies or engage in activities that contradict some or many Catholic teachings about abortion, poverty, immigration, war and peace, or other issues of life and justice. But that's not always been the case.
Indeed, when author David Carlin was a young man, it was scandalous for a good Catholic to be anything but a good Democrat. All that changed in the 1960s, with the rise of a new kind of Democrat: wealthy, secular, ideological. Even as Carlin served the party he loved—twelve years as a Rhode Island state senator and once a candidate for Congress—he could only watch in dismay as its national leaders abandoned their blue-collar, pro-life, and religious constituencies and took up with NOW, Hollywood, and the abortion lobby.
In recent years, the conflict between his faith and the policies of his party has grown so marked that author Carlin, a cradle Catholic, lifetime Democrat, and longtime Democratic legislator, now feels compelled to consider in his new book whether, in good conscience, it's even possible to be both a faithful Catholic and a Democratic true believer.
But Can a Catholic Be a Democrat? isn't partisan. It's Catholic.
By considering the changes that have taken place in his own party these past fifty years (and that some would now bring about in the Republican Party, too), Carlin identifies the fundamental policies that we as Catholics must support, and the ones that we Catholics must never abide—so that, regardless of our party affiliation, we can prudently work for (and will have the opportunity to vote for) policies consistent with our faith.
That's important, because these days Catholic voters are the swing voters who determine the winners in close elections. The people who hear Carlin's voice today will win elections tomorrow.
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Author: David Carlin
Length: 256 pages