God out of government.
After reading your special election issue (October), I remain firmly convinced that religion should play no role in our government. Faith is a relationship between an individual and God; religion is a membership in an organization.
Whether the discussion is about Barack Obama's former pastor or Sarah Palin's religious practices, the real issues we face are war and the economy. Karl Marx was correct that "religion is the opiate of the people"--open to manipulation--and so it has been in U.S. elections of the past and today.
Catholic social teaching is all well and good, but it is not the final word of God. Why should it be accepted more than another point of view? The same is true for the evangelical diatribes on radio and television.
Since God's ultimate will cannot be definitively discerned, I would respectively suggest that the church keep out of civic affairs until such time as that issue can be corrected. All religion does is muddy the waters of politics, as it has since Emperor Constantine of Rome.
Micheal G. Groshong