Item description for Can a Catholic Be a Democrat: How the Party I Loved Became the Enemy of My Religion by David Carlin...
Overview When I told my friend that our new book is called Can a Catholic Be a Democrat?, he shot back, "Can a Catholic be a Republican?" That's a good question, since these days both parties endorse policies or engage in activities that contradict some or many Catholic teachings about abortion, poverty, immigration, war and peace, or other issues of life and justice. But that's not always been the case. Indeed, 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, ever increasing numbers of Democrats are joining the ranks of us voters for whom "voting Catholic" means holding our nose and choosing the candidates in either party whose views are least hostile to our faith. In recent years, the conflict between his faith and the policies of his party has grown so marked that author Carlin, a cradle Catholic, lifetime Democrat, and longtime Democratic legislator, now feels compelled to consider in his new book whether, in good conscience, it's even possible to be both a faithful Catholic and a Democratic true believer. But Can a Catholic Be a Democrat? isn't partisan. It's Catholic. By considering the changes that have taken place in his own party these past fifty years (and that some would now bring about in the Republican Party, too), Carlin identifies the fundamental policies that we as Catholics must support, and the ones that we Catholics must never abide - so that, regardless of our party affiliation, we can prudently work for (and will have the opportunity to vote for) policies consistent with our faith.
Publishers Description Author David Carlin is no Republican, nor does he recommend you become one. He's a lifelong Democrat and longtime Democratic legislator anguished by the conflict between his faith and the policies of his party. In recent years, that conflict has grown so great that Carlin is now forced to consider whether, in good conscience, it's even possible to be both a faithful Catholic and a Democratic true believer.
But this book isn't partisan; it's Catholic.
In it, Carlin identifies the fundamental policies that we as Catholics must support, and the ones that we Catholics must never abide -- so that, regardless of our party affiliation, we can prudently work for (and will have the opportunity to vote for) policies consistent with our faith.
Carlin's clear, gracious arguments will help you explain Catholic positions to friends, relatives, and fellow voters, helping you make your party -- whichever one it is -- less hostile to the beliefs of Catholics.
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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 1933184191 ISBN13 9781933184197
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Can a Christian be a Democrat? Nov 21, 2007
This book should be re-titled to "Can a Christian be a Democrat". The author has done an excellent job of describing the conflict between Christians and Secularists. It is also, a good book on Democrat party history. He describes how Secularists came to control the Democrat party. It is not a pro-Republican or any other party book. I would recommend all Christians both liberal and fundamentalist read this book even if you are not a Democrat.
highly recommended Sep 22, 2007
The book is well worth the purchase price for the first three chapters alone. These provide the most insightful, accessible and succinct (75 pages) exposition you'll ever read of the mutation of the Democratic party in the 60's and 70's from representing a constituency of responsible, religiously observant working families to representing a constituency of libertines.
The remainder of the text includes a clever discussion of how the "ecumenical" influence of lefty Protestant denominations contributed to the late 20th Century moral decay in Catholic institutions in the United States.
I believe it was Michael Novak who, in describing the elderly Catholic supporters of John Kerry, said: "These old ladies think they're voting for Franklin Roosevelt." This book is a must read for those kind of Catholic "old ladies" of any age.
Learn Something Sep 5, 2007
This book helps explain why so many of my fellow Pennsylvanians (especially Catholics) continue to support and vote for Democrats. I always wondered why a person with a high moral code and strong family values would support some of the low lifes the Democrats put up as candidates of their party. Too many Catholics do not question the bad behavior of their religious and laity. Too many Catholics belong to unions and are used to being led around by the nose, told when to work, how much to work for, how much to produce, and who to vote for. These same followers, who will pay exhorbitant union dues, would do well to buy this book, read it, and then review their positions on some really important issues that affect them and their families. I would bet they will follow the path many of us have from Democrat to Republican, to "no party" while remaining active voters.
The Antidote to "Audacity of Hope"! Feb 17, 2007
A friend recommended to me that I read "The Audacity of Hope." I tried--twice--to get through that book, unsuccessfully. In turn I ordered this book in the hope that it would help restore my sanity.
I was not disappointed in the least. Obama's book is rife with unsubstantiated opinions, which I'm sure liberal secularists accept without question. Carlin, on the other hand, uses numerous footnotes and references in justifying his conclusions.
Anyone who reads "Audacity" should also read this book--particularly Catholics who are not oblivious to the Culture War going on around us.
Still don't get it Jan 9, 2007
One of the few books that our group couldn't get through (half way and gave up). The author's logic throughout the book is incomplete and at many times non-existent.
If you're a thinking Republican, don't buy this book. Carlin will drive you crazy.
If you're a searching Democrat, it might be worth buying. Carlin will point you in the right direction. His explanations are at times a stretch though.