During the 2004 election, some bishops insisted that Catholics should obey church teachings in deciding how to vote. Some bishops even declared that prochoice Catholic politicians should be denied Communion. The ensuing public controversies shed more heat than light on many questions: Which church teachings on what issues ought to matter most? How should Catholics decide between candidates? If Catholic politicians are obliged to follow...
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John J. DiIulio Jr. directs the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS). This essay is adapted from a PRRUCS report available at www.prrucs.org. During 2001, he directed the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He has served on the domestic policy steering committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.