Catholic Patterns in the American Left
Amandine Barb opens with an analysis of the rise of the Catholic Left since the mid-2000s. As she correctly points out, since the legalization of abortion in 1973, most of the attention on the evolution of Catholic political engagement in the USA has been on increased conservative activism and Republican voting. Barb makes clear that there has been an active counter-mobilization among progressive Catholics who focus on such issues as social welfare, the environment, immigration, and health care, among others. Among religious progressives, Catholics are actually the largest and perhaps most politically active.