The Catholic Courier of Rochester links to a CNS story on the record number of Catholic candidates running for U.S. president in 2016. The closing comments of Mark M. Gray, director of Catholic Polls at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, caught my eye:

“There are some teachings of the church that align with either party platform,” he said. “The church fits in neither party, therefore it is easy to be a Catholic Democrat or Catholic Republican.”

Pope Benedict XVI famously taught that there three “not negotiable” principles Catholics should take to the public square: (1) the defense of human life from conception to natural death, (2) the protection of traditional marriage, i.e., between and man and a woman, and (3) the right of parents to educate their children in the faith.

Easy-peasy for either party, right?