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“I am trying to convince people they should not be embarrassed at being Catholic and not buy the supposedly American notion that people should shelve their faith when they enter the public square,” he said.

The nation’s 47 million Catholic voters “have historically belonged in huge numbers to the Democratic Party,” he said. “They could have stood up in former years and demanded that abortion not be part of the platform, but they did not.”

Considering that one-quarter of the U.S. Senate and a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court justices are Catholic, “you’d think that on issues like abortion,” he said, “the country would be standing in a different place than it does.”

He added that he was asked by several Catholic politicians to write the book.

“I am tired of people telling religious folks to be quiet in the public square because of constitutional questions of separation of church and state,” he said. “I hope this encourages people to become confident and active.”