President Obama's win, in which he captured all but two of the states he won four years ago, was accomplished with a broad coalition of minorities.
While Massachusetts defeated a "death with dignity" measure, California decided to keep the death penalty and other states voted on abortion.
In 2008, Barack Obama was swept into office on a tide of almost overwhelming optimism, idealism and new hope for the future of our country. Young voters, and voters in general, turned out in record numbers. Many of those who supported him believed in a post-racial America, an end to Washington gridlock, the promise of genuine reform. It was one of the most inspirational times I can remember in my adult life.
"The people of our country have again entrusted you with a great responsibility," Dolan said in a letter to the president Wednesday.
A public watchdog group charges the USCCB with politicking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and it wants the IRS to explore revoking the hierarchy's tax-exempt status.
The bishops "offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America," Dolan wrote.
The Catholic dioceses of Missouri are running television ads advocating against the contraceptive coverage mandated by the Obama administration's health care reform.
Viewpoint: Mitt Romney says he will create more jobs, but how can that help those working 80 hours a week at minimum wage?
Editorial: When the bishops meet next month, they ought to ponder whether their actions during this election season were useful or shrill.
Catholic scholars and political activists Ed Gaffney, Douglas W. Kmiec and Patrick Whelan wrote America Undecided: Why Obama Deserves a Second Term as a final attempt to persuade wavering Catholics that President Obama is our best hope to address a Catholic social agenda in the next four years. One has to wonder why it came so late in the election cycle — the publishing date was Oct.