Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) has posted on its website all of the candidate responses to its 2010 election surveys. Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys Maryland candidates for the U.S. Congress, governor and General Assembly about their positions on issues of interest to Catholics. Reflecting the diverse interests of the Catholic Church, the survey covered topics ranging from abortion and stem cell research to immigration and poverty.
“During their upcoming terms, the men and women we choose to represent us will decide many issues affecting the values the Church promotes in the public square, including the sanctity of life, the dignity of the human person, and the integral role of marriage and the family in our society,” said MCC Executive Director Mary Ellen Russell. “The public policy positions of the Church may seem nearly incoherent from a conservative-liberal, Democratic-Republican perspective, but from the lens of our faith, they reflect a compelling and consistent understanding of human life and the common good.”
On the website, there are separate pages for U.S. Congress, governor and General Assembly. A filter on each page enables searches by name or district. In addition, a PDF has been created for each district and governor showing all of the candidates in each particular race and all of their responses.
This week the survey responses are being published in the Catholic newspapers of Maryland – The Catholic Review in the Baltimore area, The Catholic Standard and the Spanish-language El Pregonero in the Washington area, and The Dialog on the Eastern Shore. Together, these papers boast a Maryland readership that exceeds 300,000.
The Maryland Catholic Conference does not endorse or oppose any candidate, under any circumstance, and no inference of endorsement or opposition should be concluded as a result of the surveys or the responses.
Each primary candidate received the survey by mail and by email; non-responding primary candidates received an additional copy of the survey by mail, three more times by email, and were contacted at least once by phone. All general election candidates registered and approved by the Board of Elections by Tuesday, September 28 received an additional copy of the survey by mail or email if they had not yet responded during the primary election.
Maryland Catholic Conference advocates for the Church's public policy positions before the Maryland General Assembly and other civil officials. The Conference represents all three dioceses with territory in the state – the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.
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