Catholic Democrats are leaving the Democratic Party, as are others. Many years ago Ronald Reagan left the Democratic Party and became a Republican because, as Reagan said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic Party left me.”
Recently a Catholic Democrat, Jo Ann Nardelli, left the Democratic Party and became a Republican. Matthew Archbold of the National Catholic Register wrote,
Nardelli has been the focus of quite the firestorm in Pennsylvania because the thing is that Jo Ann Nardelli isn't just another Democratic committeewoman. She's the president and founder of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, she was Vice President of the PA State Women’s Caucus, and was 1st Vice President of the PA State Federation of Democratic Women (she had been in line for the presidency of that organization in 2014). She met with Hillary Clinton, gave a rosary to Joe Biden, and appeared on the cover of US News and World Report going to Church with then Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr.
Nardelli has always been a pro-life Democrat and felt that there was always room for that position in the party. But she said that for the past few years she's felt that the party was drifting further and further away from her. She said she never shied away from speaking about her Catholic faith or her pro-life views as a Democrat.
Nardelli’s change of mind was prompted by Joe Biden supporting gay marriage in support of the wishes of Barack Obama.
She said it started a few weeks ago, ironically as she and her husband were getting ready for Mass and watching Meet the Press when Joe Biden, a Catholic, cited his support for gay marriage
This shocked her. She said she'd always related to Biden. She said he reminded her of her father. But this announcement shocked her. And then, shortly after, President Obama announced that he'd "evolved" into supporting gay "marriage.
Nardelli left the Democratic Party because of matters of her faith and not her political beliefs.
She said that for years she hoped that she could change the party from within, make it more in line with traditional values. "I thought I could make a difference to change our party. It didn’t work," she said. "I noticed it that it’s been going more and more to the left. This is not my father’s party. I did not leave the party, the party left me."
In a letter of resignation to the Democratic party, Nardelli cited her Catholic faith.
“I respect all of you and all that I have achieved in the past. Due to personal matters and faith beliefs at this time, it is only fair to resign,” she wrote. “I will miss you all very much as you are all a part of my family; however, it is time to move forward with my life in a direction that is more in line with my faith.”
As Gary Bauer said of Jo Ann Nardelli,
Values voters are a key constituency of the Republican Party, and there are more folks out there like Jo Ann Nardelli. They may not agree with the GOP on marginal tax rates, but they know marriage is between a man and a woman.
Barack Obama has made a large mistake by injecting religious freedom and the religious issue of gay marriage into his campaign. Promoting homosexual issues in our military, promoting gay marriage, and insisting that Catholic institutions be forced to pay for birth control and abortions may cost Obama and the Progressive Left Democrats much future support.