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THE ISSUES:
Catholic News Service series on how key campaign issues relate to the U.S. bishops' blueprint on Catholic social teaching and political participation.

Sept. 24, 2004
War on terrorism dominates foreign policy debate

Sept. 17, 2004
Courts more crucial to euthanasia debate than election

Sept. 14, 2004
War and peace: Candidates take different approaches to unilateralism

Sept. 8, 2004
Immigration plans, unformed ideas set Kerry, Bush apart

Sept. 3, 2004
Kerry, Bush at near-opposite extremes on death penalty issue

Aug. 13, 2004
Candidates present clear differences on abortion issue

Aug. 12, 2004
Thirty-five million poor hearing little about themselves in campaigns

Aug. 12, 2004
Bush, Kerry are far apart on taxes, budget, economy

Aug. 11, 2004
Bush, Kerry differ sharply on human cloning, stem-cell research

Aug. 9, 2004
Communications issues rank low on candidates' agendas

July 30, 2004
Candidates' education proposals stick to the basics

July 27, 2004
Catholic view on family more than same-sex marriage

July 23, 2004
Free trade has low profile in U.S. but impact abroad

July 14, 2004
Religious freedom not on candidates' radar screen

July 12, 2004
Use, quality of land for farming, for future at issue in campaign

June 17, 2004
Candidates back church call for health care reform



Nov. 29, 2004
Archbishop Burke says he'll continue politics-abortion campaign
The U.S. election year is over, but Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis said he has no intention of letting up on his campaign against Catholic politicians who support legal abortion.

Nov. 19, 2004
Postelection reflection: Bishops talk about Communion and politicians
The focus on Catholic teachings and politicians from spring through the Nov. 2 election was dealt with by the bishops with hardly a word during the public portion of their fall general meeting Nov. 15-17.

Nov. 17, 2004
Bishops receive report from task force on bishops, politicians
"Catholics are thinking more about their role as citizens, about their responsibilities as Catholics," said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, who headed the task force.

Nov. 12, 2004
No high court vacancy yet, but battle lines are being drawn in Senate
There isn't a vacancy on the Supreme Court yet, but battle lines over who might be named to fill an opening are already being defined over the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vet any nominees.

Nov. 11, 2004
At 29 percent of 109th Congress, Catholics remain largest faith group
Catholics will make up 29 percent of the 109th Congress when it convenes in early January, with a slight rise in the number of Catholic Republicans and a similar drop in the number of Catholic Democrats.

Nov. 10, 2004
End of 'Catholic vote'? Other categories may predict election better
As they study results from this year's election, analysts are suggesting that the frequency with which people go to church may be a better predictor of how people vote than their religious affiliation.

Nov. 8, 2004
Martinez celebrates his win as first Cuban-American elected to Senate
Following a hard-fought campaign, Mel Martinez, a Catholic, is elected to the U.S. Senate. He becomes the first Cuban-American to hold that office, and his win helped give the Republicans a majority in the Senate.

Nov. 5, 2004
Support for marriage seen as crucial to Bush win
When everything was all said and done, 22 percent of all voters across the United States picked "moral values" as the most important issue facing the nation, followed by the economy and jobs and the war on terrorism.

Nov. 5, 2004
World alerts Bush: Foreign policy challenges go beyond Iraq
Before U.S. President George W. Bush could sleep on his victory in winning a second term, the rest of the world was serving notice that his foreign policy challenges go beyond the Iraqi conflict and the war against terrorism.

Nov. 3, 2004
After the election: Soothing bitterness, analyzing votes
As the second razor-thin presidential election in a row was called Nov. 3 for President George W. Bush, analysts scrambled to interpret the results while others looked ahead to soothing bitter partisanship from the campaign.

Nov. 3, 2004
Ballot measures on same-sex marriage approved in 11 states
Voters approved measures defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman in all 11 states where the issue was on the ballot Nov. 2, but rejected Catholics leaders' positions against embryonic stem-cell research funding in California.

Nov. 3, 2004
U.S. Catholics in Rome go to work without knowing election results
U.S. Catholics living and working in Rome gathered for breakfast at a Rome hotel Nov. 3 but then went to their offices not knowing who the next president would be.

Nov. 2, 2004
2004 elections could signal changes for church in society
Whatever the outcome, there will be lingering effects from the attention this year to Sen. John F. Kerry's Catholicism and President George W. Bush's use of religious rhetoric, according to several experts.

Oct. 29, 2004
Secrets of confessional and voting booth draw closer at ballot time
The secrets of the confessional and the voting booth are very close -- at least physically on Election Day. The reason: Many churches and church buildings across the United States serve as polling places.

Oct. 29, 2004
Work for justice must go beyond Election Day, cardinal says
A well-formed conscience should compel Christians to "work for a just society not only on Election Day but in the many circumstances of everyday life," says Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia.

Oct. 28, 2004
Military prelate says dissenting politicians shouldn't take Communion
Catholic politicians who "choose to disregard (the) tenets of their professed faith and, in fact, actively promote opposite ones" should refrain from receiving Communion, the head of the U.S. military archdiocese said.

Oct. 27, 2004
Kerry, Bush both missed questionnaire deadline, says USCCB spokesman
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops dropped plans for releasing a question-and-answer survey on campaign issues after both major presidential candidates failed to cooperate in answering the questionnaire, said a spokesman.

Oct. 27, 2004
Retired prelate says prudence must guide voting
Archbishop John R. Quinn said the church's "teaching on prudence" offers a pointer to Catholics for determining what to do when faced with burning issues ranging from abortion to war and health care.

Oct. 25, 2004
Kerry addresses faith, values, but rejects bishops on life issues
In the most pointedly religious speech of his presidential campaign, Sen. John F. Kerry said his lifelong Catholic faith gives him "values to live by and apply to the decisions I make," but he rejected calls to take the church's position on various life issues.

Oct. 25, 2004
Theologian says one-issue voting is foreign to Catholic tradition
A Fordham University moral theologian said it is foreign to the church's moral tradition to claim that one issue alone, even abortion, should determine how a voter votes.

Oct. 25, 2004
Bishops explain their views on election issues as Nov. 2 approaches
With the elections less than two weeks away, Catholic bishops took to the pages of secular and Catholic newspapers to explain their views on the key issues facing voters.

Oct. 22, 2004
Changes seen in candidates' tactics on religion as campaign ends
As the 2004 presidential campaign drew to a close, one candidate was drawing criticism for "engaging in partisan politics" by making frequent appearances at churches, offering biblical quotations to support his positions and accepting endorsements from religious leaders.

Oct. 19, 2004
Vatican denies it responded to lawyer seeking Kerry's excommunication
An official at the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said a California canon lawyer seeking a formal decree of heresy against Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, Democratic presidential nominee, has misrepresented his contact with the Vatican office.



Political buttons with a Catholic slant. (CNS)

Oct. 18, 2004
Say it with buttons: campaigning with a political pin
Sweethearts may say it with roses and chocolates, but political partisans say it with buttons and bumper stickers. Judging by the assortment of material available to buy this year, partisans whose interests spring from religious concerns are happy to put their beliefs into campaign slogans.


Oct. 15, 2004
Defining marriage is top ballot issue this fall; others of interest too
With proposed state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman on the ballot in at least 11 states Nov. 2, same-sex marriage clearly tops the list of ballot issues of interest to Catholic voters this fall.

Oct. 15, 2004
Political priorities: In Catholic Italy, abortion is not an issue
When Italy's most politically active Catholics met in early October, Pope John Paul II sent them a message urging greater church influence on such issues as the family, the media, economic justice and globalization, but he did not mention abortion.

Oct. 14, 2004
In final debate Bush and Kerry touch on faith's role in their lives
In the last of three debates, the presidential candidates talked about their faith and how it affects their decisions, particularly on subjects such as abortion and embryonic stem-cell research.

Oct. 8, 2004
Church morally obligated to play role in politics, archbishop says
Coadjutor Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., was one of several U.S. bishops commenting on the church and politics in early October.

Oct. 8, 2004
Separating faith, public life denies U.S. identity, archbishop says
To attempt to separate faith from public life is to deny American history and our national identity, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver said Oct. 7 at a workshop on church-state issues.

Oct. 5, 2004
Catholic voters urged to consider respect for human life, dignity
Catholic voters should make their political judgments based on the fundamental issues of respect for human life and respect for human dignity, an official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said at a New Orleans seminar.

Oct. 5, 2004
Flynn, Catholic Citizenship hope to get more Catholics to polls
In an effort to mobilize Catholic voters, former Vatican ambassador Raymond L. Flynn is urging Catholics to "engage themselves in the civic arena."

Oct. 4, 2004
Are Republican Catholic pols treated differently from Democrats?
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York Gov. George Pataki and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger all are practicing Catholics who describe themselves as "pro-choice." Are they being criticized less than Sen. John Kerry?

Oct. 1, 2004
Vote in accordance with church teaching, archbishop tells Catholics
Catholics need to vote but should do so in accordance with the moral teachings of the church, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis said in a pastoral letter published Oct. 1.

Oct. 1, 2004
Pax Christi says voting for common good involves many issues
To work for the common good Catholics must base their political votes "on the full range of issues," Pax Christi USA said Oct. 1 in a statement titled "Life Does Not End at Birth."

Sept. 29, 2004
Theologians discuss criteria for voters when candidates back abortion
Theologians say that a Catholic can't vote for someone simply because the candidate supports legal abortion or euthanasia, but many also say a Catholic might still find morally acceptable reasons to vote for such a candidate in spite of the candidate's views.

Sept. 28, 2004
Catholics engaging in personal attacks over politics, says archbishop
The "fusillade of personal attacks" in the current presidential campaign is infecting the debate over issues among Catholics, said Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

Sept. 24, 2004
Priest mobilizes faith leaders, voters on abortion
Led by Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, a coalition of religious and pro-life organizations announced a campaign Sept. 23 to defeat any political candidate who supports keeping abortion legal.

Sept. 24, 2004
Theologian says it's difficult to judge politicians as sinful on abortion
Redemptorist Father Brian Johnstone, an Australian moral theologian who teaches in Rome, said that in the current U.S. debate over politics and abortion, church authorities should be careful not to prejudge the consciences of whole categories of people.

Sept. 23, 2004
Splitting faith, politics doesn't apply to abortion, says archbishop
The argument that Catholic elected officials can divorce their faith from their political actions -- first enunciated in 1960 by John F. Kennedy -- does not apply in the fight against abortion, said Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Sept. 23, 2004
Deal Hudson resigns from Crisis magazine, stays with publishing house
Deal W. Hudson, who resigned in August as Catholic outreach adviser to President George W. Bush's re-election campaign, has tendered his resignation as publisher of the Catholic magazine Crisis but will be chief fund-raiser for the company.

Sept. 21, 2004
More bishops speak out on issues surrounding Catholics and voting
Continuing the debate that began last spring, bishops in various parts of the United States weighed in with advice for Catholics on how they should decide for whom to vote in November.

Sept. 21, 2004
Catholic magazines continue debate on Catholic voters, abortion
Two Catholic magazines carried opposing viewpoints on Catholic voters and abortion and on whether Bush or Kerry is the better presidential candidate for Catholics.

Sept. 20, 2004
Canonist says bishops must deny Communion to dissident politicians
A civil and canon lawyer said church law obliges denial of Communion to politicians who obstinately uphold legal abortion, but there may be good pastoral reasons for not doing so during an election campaign.

Sept. 17, 2004
Seminar examines merits of denying Communion to dissident politicians
Father Richard John Neuhaus said Catholic politicians who persist in supporting legalized abortion should be denied Communion. Monika K. Hellwig said that tactic would contribute to the misperception that abortion is a "Catholic issue" when it should be an issue with all candidates.

Sept. 17, 2004
Vatican dismay: Memo on politicians touches nerve in U.S. campaign
When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger sent out a brief memo in June about politicians and Communion, he probably never imagined it would ignite a heated discussion about Catholics and voting.

Sept. 14, 2004
Party affiliation less likely to correlate to religion, poll shows
It has been awhile since Catholic voters were reliably Democrats, but now a new poll that looks at political attitudes in relation to religion finds the reverse shift across party lines among Protestants.

Sept. 13, 2004
Panel on Communion sanctions raises questions on church and politics
The debate over whether Catholic politicians should be sanctioned by bishops if they do not vote in strict accord with church teaching has brought new focus to a long-simmering conflict, panelists at a Washington conference said.

Sept. 13, 2004
Naming center at Catholic hospital for Giuliani raises questions
The naming of a new center of a Catholic hospital in New York for former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has raised questions in light of the U.S. bishops' policy of refusing honors to politicians who support legal abortion.

Sept. 10, 2004
Analyst cites abortion stance as some Catholic voters shift to Bush
Not only are the candidates for president focusing their attention on a handful of "battleground" states, President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry are targeting specific groups there for attention, particularly Catholics.


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