In the past 65 years, American Catholics were largely seen as reliably Democratic voters. In fact, Republican presidential candidates won slight majorities of the Catholic vote only four times from 1952 to 2012. But in 2016, Hilary Clinton lost the overall Catholic vote by 7 points, and the white Catholic vote by 23 points.
Thomas Groome says that significant shift is largely due to one thing: that Catholics now view Democrats as unconditionally supporting abortion. He asks in a recent New York Times op-ed what, if anything, Democrats can do to win those Catholics back.
Thomas Groome, professor of theology and religious education at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, and director of the Church in the 21st Century Center. Author of "What Makes Us Catholic?"
This segment aired on March 28, 2017.