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.