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A political ad published this week targets a Catholic politician for failing to speak out against vandalism and violence against pro-life pregnancy centers and Catholic churches.
Ad attacks Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, for ‘doing nothing’ as churches are ‘burned down’ and ‘radical liberals act like terrorists,’ and it’s just the first ad of the genre in a wider campaign by CatholicVote aimed at exposing self-declared Catholics, many of whom belong to the Democratic Party, for not agreeing with Catholic teaching.
Highlighting the silence of Catholic politicians on alleged church arson attacks, such as in the Axne ad, is just one aspect of CatholicVote’s campaign, Chairman Brian Burch told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview. .
“This is one area we hope to highlight is that their silence in the face of rampant violence across the country signals something deeper and far more disturbing about the place of Catholic candidates within the Democratic Party,” Burch said.
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But the overarching goal of the CatholicVote midterm campaign, which will see the campaign generate between $2.5 and $3 million in ad spend and target 10 to 15 House races and several key Senate races in the election of midterm, is to help establish loyal Catholic politicians in government, and Burch sees a political shift occurring that could end the Catholic Democrat – characterized by politicians who profess the faith, but have very different views on the moral issues than the church.
President Joe Biden, whose views on abortion have shifted dramatically to align with his party’s platform, is only the second Catholic to be elected president. According to Burch, Biden represents the last of a certain kind of Catholic Democrat.
“It’s a big historic shift; obviously for half a century the Democratic Party has been the seat of the Catholic vote — from Catholic voters to the immigrant class, from labor unions to the working class,” Burch said. Many pro-worker policies that were once the domain of liberals are now being offered across the GOP as a result of former President Donald Trump’s populist ideas.
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Midterm, Burch believes Senate control will come down to key races featuring Catholic politicians. JD Vance, the Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, converted to Catholicism in 2019. Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters was raised Catholic, Adam Laxalt – who would be Nevada’s first Catholic senator if he beat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev. — as has Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has offered a list of pro-worker, pro-natalist policies in recent years.
If those Republicans win in November, “you’re going to have a kind of Catholic bloc that’s very different from the Catholic bloc that’s existed for the last 50 years,” Burch said.
Add to that the signs of Hispanic and Latino voters — many of whom are Catholic — leaning towards the Republican Party, and Burch sees Catholics at the center of a new political era.
The pro-life movement has long been a key issue for Catholic and evangelical Christian political advocacy, and with Roe’s overthrow, abortion will continue to be a critical issue as Democrats push for federal protections against abortion. abortion and that Republicans are considering a nationwide ban.
“Abortion is going to be at the center of this mid-term, and it’s impossible to tell the story of abortion in politics without talking about Catholic history. The Catholic Church basically helped start the pro-abortion movement. life after the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which interpreted abortion as a private act and therefore protected by the U.S. Constitution,” Burch said.
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“The Church has also played an important role in the pregnancy resource movement, which is now under attack,” he added. The United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) maintains a running list of incidents of alleged violence against parishes since 2020, ranging from repeated damage to sprinkler systems to graffiti and apparent arson. Radical pro-choice groups claimed responsibility for some of the attacks.
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Catholic voters have swung between parties in recent decades, and polls of all Catholics show they are split on which party they support. The recent decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the abortion issue to the states, has caused some Catholics to express apprehension about the important role conservative Catholic justices play on the Supreme Court.
Catholic commentator Maureen Dowd wrote after the Dobbs draft decision leaked in May that she “feels intense concern that Catholic doctrine may shape (or distort) the freedom and future of millions of women and men. There is a crown of religious fervor around the court, an ecclesiastical ethos that threatens to upend our entire country.”
For Burch, whose organization focuses primarily on mobilizing what he calls faithful or regular Catholics who attend Mass, Roe’s end means an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to create more supportive policies together. to life, beyond the question of abortion.
Politics is a key place for Catholic involvement, Burch explained, because of the mission to create more caring societies, acting on Christian principles. Asked about the risk of aligning too closely with a single party, Burch suggested that it is necessary to leverage politics, as well as other aspects of culture, to spread the teaching and principles of the Church to create just and inspiring societies.
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“We now need to push the Republican Party, and I think you can see it, to combine this moral principle with the help needed for women and families,” Burch said.
“The potential for public policy has been unleashed now that the shackles of Roe v. Wade have been removed. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Republican Party to embrace women, children, families in ways that don’t is not only good for the people and for the country, but certainly for its own political success,” he added.