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Santorum: Only Catholics Who ‘Take Their Faith Seriously’ Vote For Me

By Zack Ford on March 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

"Santorum: Only Catholics Who ‘Take Their Faith Seriously’ Vote For Me"

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Rick Santorum yesterday tried to explain to Fox News contributor Sandy Rios why Catholic voters do not eagerly support him, despite the fact that he’s Catholic. He claimed he performs better “with folks who do practice their religion more ardently,” as opposed to those who do not “take their faith seriously“:

RIOS: You are doing very well among evangelicals, not so well among Catholics. I have my own theory about that, but I want to know what yours is this.

SANTORUM: I really wish I could tell you. I think the bottom line is that we do well among people who take their faith seriously, and as you know just like some Protestants, some Protestants are not church going, they are folks who identify with a particular religion but don’t necessarily practice that from the standpoint of going to church and the like, and I think, you know, with folks who do practice their religion more ardently I tend to do well.

RIOS: I have to interrupt you, I totally agree. I think you take your faith seriously and for the serious believers, you’e the man.

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Aside from Santorum’s offensive rebuke of President John F. Kennedy’s perspective on the separation of church and state, what’s more likely at play is that Catholic voters in general disagree with Catholic dogma on social issues. Santorum takes his cues from the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, but just as the bishops, cardinals, and Pope are not elected by congregants, neither do they represent the perspective of Catholic voters, most of whom support marriage equality, as an example.

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