Allahpundit, whose atheism is a matter of public record, is a well known conservative blogger and contributor to Michelle Malkin’s HotAir. His perception on the formation of the Catholic conscience in the United States is quite interesting. Follow his links.
I find it interesting, and frightening that while more and more conservatives abandon the walls when it comes to pro-life and pro-family positions, many Catholics whose doctrine is fundamentally pro-life are doing the same. Not only are liberally minded Catholics leaning left on so many issues that afford difference of opinion among professed Catholics of good will, but even the conservatively minded are liberalizing on life issues. Unfortunately, the guidance they have received have confirmed them in the illusion that a pro-choice position is compatible with Catholic faith.
St. Augustine said: “In essential matters unity; in doubtful matters liberty, in all things charity.” Opposition to abortion from the Catholic perspective is an essential matter. Exact federal policy on the question of immigration is not. It seems to me that its a matter of charity to make the distinctions clear.