Soccer moms. White evangelicals, Latinos, Millennials. Those groups will no doubt be looked at more closely in the days and months following tomorrow’s midterm elections to help pundits, journalists and pollsters make sense of the results.
Another group that’s been lumped into the stew over the years are Catholics. They’re often referred to as a swing vote in U.S. national elections. But just as with those other groups, Catholics are not monolithic. And over the decades there has been a widening gap in liberal and conservative Catholics with the latter group becoming more entrenched after the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion ruling.
Steven P. Millies, Catholic expert and author of Good Intentions: A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump, sits down with the Morning Shift to talk about the past, present and possible future of Catholics’ role in U.S. electoral politics.
GUEST: Steven P Millies, Associate Professor of Public Theology, Director of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union Chicago
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Reading Religion reviews Good Intentions (Reading Religion 10/2/18)