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Benedict XVI and the U.S. Bishops: Political Differences and the Difference They Make

Further Reading:

Articles and Books

"Intrinsically Complicated" in Commonweal, 2007.
The editors of Commonweal comment on the role of the American Catholic bishops in the public sphere in the months before the 2008 presidential election.

"Religion and Politics: U.S.A." by Lisa Sowle Cahill in Theological Studies, 2009.
Cahill reviews the role of Catholic voters in the Obama presidential campaign drawing from her own experience as an advisor to the campaign as well as a moral theologian.

"Intrinsic Evil and Political Responsibility" by M. Cathleen Kaveny in America, 2008.
Kaveny explores the concept of intrinsic evil in Catholic moral theology and its uses in contemporary U.S. politics.

"Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
A statement of the USCCB developed to aid Catholic voters in the run up to the 2008 election.

"Catholics in Public Life: Judges, Legislators, and Voters" by Gregory A. Kalscheur, S.J. in the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, 2007.
A study of the moral obligations of Catholic persons in the public sphere.


External Links

"A Portrait of American Catholics on the Eve of Pope Benedict's Visit to the U.S." in the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
This study conducted by the Pew Forum on presents a demographic portrait of American Catholics on major issues in 2008.

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Website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops: