Phil Lawler's book, The Faithful Departed, points to the answer by turning the jeweler's eye on the Church in Boston. In one generation Boston Catholics went from being a powerful voice in unity with their bishop's voice of authority to being eunuchs in the political process. Politicians once feared to flaunt them because it meant the death knell for their political interests. No more!
Those days are long gone, buried, not only in the sex abuse scandals, but in a long string of compromises with the world. The Land o' Lakes statement declared the freedom of Catholic colleges and universities from Catholic doctrine and the faith has all but disappeared at most so-called Catholic institutions; John Kennedy running for president declared the freedom of Catholic politicians from the moral authority of the Church and now we have pro-abortion politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden daring to teach their depraved theology on the evening news while they and others like Ted Kennedy, Rudy Giuliani, and John Kerry publicly desecrate the Eucharist by their sacrilegious reception; and dissenters spout their heresy with nary a whimper from the hierarchy even when the heretics, like Charlie Curran, wear Roman collars. It is a shameful picture!
Catholics in the upcoming election will speak with a divided voice thanks also to organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development which has funded many of the voices clamoring for Obama including scandal-ridden ACORN. Catholic Cardinals and bishops who want a place at the table of the rich and powerful will - who want to walk down the aisle arm-in-arm with the likes of Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi will be to blame as well.
The big losers, as always, will be the innocent: the tiny baby growing in secret under his mother's heart, the elderly men and women starved and dehydrated to death in nursing homes, the depressed pressured to believe they would be better off dead who opt for poisonous drugs, the Downs baby induced early and left to die in a soiled linen closet.
If Obama wins in this election it will be thanks to apostate Catholics and enabling clerics. God forgive them; they don't know what they're doing. And God have mercy on our poor country.