The Catholic Church Scandal Hits American Conservatives Hard

As turmoil dominates recent headlines, a sense of disillusionment and betrayal pervades much of the commentary from conservative Catholics in the U.S.

A critical component of modern conservative thought in the United States has been the outsized role played by Catholic men and women, particularly those who converted to Catholicism as adults. Even as white Evangelicals constitute the Republican party’s most loyal faction of religious voters, Catholics remain prominent among conservative public figures. It’s an impressive cast that includes everyone from leading journalists and academics to presidential candidates and Supreme Court justices.