Impact group energized by visit of Pope Benedict XVI
Posted: May 07, 2008
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Catholics typically have been an influential voting bloc in U.S. elections, and Anderson said it appears while taxes, the war on terror, the economy and other issues are getting attention, the issues over life and abortion trump everything.
"What pressing evil tops that?" he said.
"The overview is this: Sixty-four percent of Catholics say they understand better the church's position on issues now, and 40 percent of Catholics say they are more likely to vote as a result of Benedict's visit," Anderson said.
For candidates, he said, "This is big news. They ought to be paying attention."
"His largest applause line on the trip was when he said we must defend unborn children at Yankee Stadium," Anderson told WND. "I was there. Nothing else was close. And he had a similar experience at National Stadium."
The survey showed after the visit, 66 percent of Catholics said they were more likely to appreciate being a member of the Catholic Church, 64 percent now better understand the church positions on important issues, 50 percent "are more likely to want to make family a bigger part of their lives and are more likely to want to lead a moral life," about 40 percent are more likely to attend church, participate in elections and be active in their community, and one in three is more likely to want to contribute financially. Full Article image