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The Catholic Vote And The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

March 27, 2012

Topic: Santorum Fails to Capture Catholic Vote.

Prediction: Santorum and the Catholic Right will blame this on “uncatechized” Catholics—that they have not been properly educated in the Catholic intellectual tradition. But this article misses the point as much as they do. What they and the article’s author fail to realize is that very same tradition inspires and supports different means (i.e. politics as the art of the practical) to many of the same ends that the Catholic Right espouses (e.g. pro-life, subsidiarity, fidelity to authority, dedication to family, communitarian values, bringing faith to the public square, etc.). There’s more than one way to work against the negative aspects of liberalism, secularism, and modernity.


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