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The passage of state constitutional amendments that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman in California, Florida and Arizona might mark the end of a battle in those states, but it does not signal the end of the continuing fight over what marriage means.
What the exit polls don't explain, however, is whether efforts by bishops in some dioceses to direct Catholic voters to base their vote only on the abortion issue are responsible for some deviations from the general trend.
In voting on 2008 ballot questions across the country, the Catholic Church's view against same-sex marriage prevailed, but most Catholic efforts to influence voting related to abortion, assisted suicide, embryonic stem-cell research and gambling failed.
Catholic leaders praised Obama for his history-making victory. Some said the Democrat's win "best reflected" Catholic values "of hope, personal responsibility and care for the common good." But others said they hoped the new administration would make decisions that show a "commitment to the sanctity and dignity of all human life."
Although President-elect Barack Obama will inherit a worldwide financial meltdown and several wars, he must not neglect the region south of the American border, which is tied to the United States by bonds of trade and remittances, immigrant labor and illegal drugs, said some analysts.
Pope Benedict XVI sent a personal message to President-elect Barack Obama Nov. 5, congratulating him and offering his prayers for Obama and for all the people of the United States.
The woman at Buffy Barkley's door had fire in her eyes. The Obama-Biden 2008 campaign sign in Barkley's yard probably had a lot to do with it.
Father Bob Williams has a lot of reasons to love election season -- about 25,000 of them, in fact. Father Williams, pastor of St. Justin Parish in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park and a judge with the Detroit archdiocesan metropolitan tribunal, has been collecting political campaign buttons for 38 years, amassing 25,000 in the process.
As U.S. voters from coast to coast prepared to decide ballot questions related to same-sex marriage Nov. 4, the U.S. bishops took their campaign to keep the traditional definition of marriage as the union of a man and woman to a popular video-sharing Web site, YouTube.
Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of Lexington Oct. 30 joined with local community leaders in condemning the act of hanging in effigy the Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, which occurred on the University of Kentucky campus Oct. 29.
If a group of Catholics were to sit down to read four or five of the "Catholic voter guides" in circulation before Election Day, it wouldn't be surprising if they ended the session more confused than when they began.
A majority of likely voters in California favor a proposed constitutional amendment stating that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in the state, according to a new poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus
As the presidential election campaign was drawing to a close, some U.S. bishops urged Catholics not to base their votes on one issue alone, while others said no combination of issues could trump a candidate's stand on the "premier civil rights issue of our day" -- abortion.
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If there was one day during the marathon presidential campaign when the candidates were not making digs and tossing accusations at each other, it would have been Sept. 11, the seventh anniversary of the terror attacks on American soil.
Both candidates' policy statements on immigration contain many of the elements promoted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in its election guide, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." But the ways in which Obama and McCain say they would approach their policy goals diverge.
The legacy of President George W. Bush will be framed primarily by one event: the ongoing war in Iraq. At five and a half years and running, the Iraq War -- portrayed by Bush as a vital front in what he has characterized as the war on terror -- has left Americans divided and much of the world community looking beyond the United States for diplomatic leadership.
On few topics do presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain diverge as sharply as on abortion. But on other life issues -- embryonic stem-cell research, assisted suicide and the death penalty -- the differences are not always easy to ferret out.
Even though the economy and the war in Iraq often take the front seat in presidential campaign discussions, occasionally the two major parties' candidates get the chance to outline their plans for the preschool-to-college set.
As Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain battle it out for the presidency, Catholic and other faith-based activists are studying the political environment to see how they can leverage environmental issues into policy come Jan. 20 and beyond.
The economy will be a key factor in choosing a president this fall for Ithaca, N.Y., resident Kathryn Hughes and her husband, who are struggling financially to send two children to college and assist another daughter who is a single mother with three young children.
The two major presidential candidates agree on at least one thing: health care reform must be a high priority for the next administration. But when it comes to the details, much of the common ground between Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama falls away.
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