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Has Obama Lost the Catholic Left?

By Bob Laird

The Cardinal Newman Society continues its in-depth analysis of the decision by the Obama Administration on January 20th to retain the rules that are in place except to defer the implementation for one year for those Catholic institutions that apply for the waiver.

“Lyndon B. Johnson, after watching Walter Cronkite conclude a special broadcast which was heavily critical of the Tet offensive, said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”

“Well, this story isn’t exactly on the same level as that, but President Barack Obama may be losing the Catholic Left, with obvious implications for entrenched faculty on many Catholic college campuses. Michael Sean Winters, a lead writer for the National Catholic Reporter and vocal defender of the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 commencement honors for President Obama, wrote yesterday that he can’t see how he could ever support President Obama again after the administration’s ruling on religious exemptions for the contraceptive mandate. Read the rest of the article.
This article has been reprinted here by permission of the author after original publication at the Cabrini Center for Catholic Health Care.

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