November 7, 2011

Catholic voters who seek objective facts, study issues carefully and consider the teachings of the Church are well-equipped to weather the storms of negativity and partisan sniping associated with the upcoming U.S. elections, according to panelists at a recent conference at Jesuit-run Fordham University.

"The core competency of Catholics in the public square is to repeat the catechism's emphasis on sinful inequalities," said John DiIulio, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Today's candidates are not talking much about disparities between the rich and the poor, or the needs of the weak, he said.

But "people who imbibe Catholic social teaching" should put it on the political agenda.

Those who follow the principles outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church are immunized from the "spin" of political rhetoric, DiIulio said.