The Catholic Vote
The Vatican is endorsing a movement by a growing number of priests determined to refuse communion
to candidate John Kerry, a principled stand because of Kerry's most un-Catholic positions on abortion and other issues. This is no small matter because what we might call the Catholic vote includes very large majorities of the Hispanic, Irish and other populations, and may also affect the urban vote in otherwise strongly Democrat-leaning cities such as New York and Chicago, which in itself could take away much of the popular vote enjoyed by Al Gore in 2000. It's also a good sign that the Vatican and its dioceses insist on Communion actually meaning something to those receiving it.