In a front page article in today’s Dayton Daily News on the impact religion is having on republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s recent rise in the polls, Tony Stieritz, the troubled director of Catholic Social Action for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, was sought after as a “local church leader” and quoted several times.  Some of his thoughts:

Stieritz said the Catholic Church considers the economy an issue of religion as well, pointing to church teaching on economic justice and citing worries with most of the Republicans “on issues of the social safety net … and how we support the poor.”