Can a Catholic Be a Democrat: How the Party I Loved Became the Enemy of My Religion

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When author David Carlin was a young man, it was scandalous for a good Catholic to be anything but a good Democrat. In the pews, pubs, and union halls of America's cities, millions of poor European immigrants and their children pledged allegiance to the Church of Rome and the party of FDR.

All that changed in the 1960s, with the rise of a new kind of Democrat: wealthy, secular, ideological. Even as Carlin served the party he loved-twelve years as a Rhode Island state senator and...

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Overview

When author David Carlin was a young man, it was scandalous for a good Catholic to be anything but a good Democrat. In the pews, pubs, and union halls of America's cities, millions of poor European immigrants and their children pledged allegiance to the Church of Rome and the party of FDR.

All that changed in the 1960s, with the rise of a new kind of Democrat: wealthy, secular, ideological. Even as Carlin served the party he loved-twelve years as a Rhode Island state senator and once a candidate for Congress - he could only watch in dismay as its national leaders abandoned their blue-collar, pro-life, and religious constituencies and took up with Now, Hollywood, and the abortion lobby.

So complete has been this transformation that we no longer speak of a natural alliance between Catholics and the Democratic Party. Indeed, Carlin here asks whether today it's even possible to be both a faithful Catholic and a Democratic true believer. A veteran sociologist, philosophy professor, and author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America, Carlin shows how his party and his religion have taken opposite sides in the Culture War. On issues of human life, sex, faith, morality, suffering - and the public policies that stem from them - the modern, secularist Democratic Party has become the enemy of Catholicism; indeed, of all traditional religions.

Carlin shatters the excuses that Catholic Democratic politicians employ in a vain attempt to reconcile their faith and their votes, and then, with what he calls the "political equivalent of a broken heart," he examines his own political conscience. As a faithful Catholic and a Democrat approaching his seventieth year, must he nowleave the party he's called home since birth? David Carlin's arguments challenge all religious Democrats to ask themselves the same question.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933184197
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xiii
Introduction: How I Lost My Faith (in the Democratic Party)     xix
What the Democratic Party Has Become
The Great Transformation, Part 1: Demise of the Political Machines     5
The Great Transformation, Part 2: Rise of the Ideologues     35
America's Anti-Christian Party     57
The Party and the Church Are Irreconcilable
The Catholic-Secularist Abyss     83
Catholic Excuses     103
The Political Future of Catholics and the Democratic Party     137
Postscript: My Own Political Future     143
Appendices
An Expanded Definition of Secularism     151
The History of American Secularism     161
Liberal Christianity, Fellow-Traveler of Secularism     175
The Father of Catholic Excuses: Mario Cuomo at Notre Dame     199
American Jews and the Culture War     215
Biographical Note: David R. Carlin     221
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