Jesuit Father Thomas J. Reese of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University said Catholics "should never become captive to any single party. Every four years, we're the swing voters who decide elections and we should treasure that." He said Catholic clergy should continue the tradition of not running for office and bishops should continue to speak on issues while avoiding partisan politics. Father Reese said Catholics must realize that appeals to Catholic theology and religious authority will not be persuasive to everyone in the political arena where there is a plurality of views. "Things like excommunication and denying Communion because of votes are not only stupid, but harmful to the goals," he said, because it gets the candidate off message and makes certain issues appear to be of interest only to the Catholic community and not the wider electorate.
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