What’s Catholic Citizenship Up To?

I’ve written some academic articles in the past about Catholic politics in the state, including A Christian Coalition for Catholics? The Massachusetts Model (gated), in the Review of Religious Research. I haven’t updated my research much lately but there is now a very interesting blog post by Hester Prynne titled Catholic Citizenship: An Electoral Force? And Who are These Guys Anyway?

My RRR article was about the formation of Catholic Citizenship, an organization formed to heighten Catholic political participation in the state. One of the founders was former Vatican ambassador and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. The group had an intriguing plan to build on parish communities. When I wrote I found a rather mixed record of vitality in the organization. CC had close ties and the approval of the Church hierarchy at that time and leaned Republican. Hester Prynne has done some research and finds that some political figures are feeling an impact from CC‘s efforts. Prynne also argues that CC is now distanced from the official edifice of the Church and has become closer to the Republican Party. The post is worth a read.

About Maurice T. Cunningham

Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts.
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