While the Democrats and Republicans remain the powerhouses of the United States’ political system, political affiliation is not restricted to one of these parties. When tallied, the number of political parties in the United States numbers is rather high: five major groups constitute the majority of the population, the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, and the Constitution Party, while the author is familiar with nearly thirty minor constituents not tied to a particular region.
It must be stressed that each of these parties is motivated by a particular ideology, beliefs that influence their agendas, and backed by their ideals, each party is convinced that it can propose the best solutions to a variety of America’s issues. It is not novel, but natural, to form a political party.
It is not uncharted ground to form a political organization based on religious ideals. The Christian Liberty Party, a minor affiliation, is one such addition to the political sphere. But what of a Catholic party? There has been no example in the United States, but there are historical equivalents beyond this continent. The Catholic Action Party of Italy, for instance, is notable due to its efforts to stem the spread of socialism after the Second World War.
That being said, the only obstacle for the formation of a Catholic political party in the United States is in its concept. Since total separation of church and state is commonly held as fundamental to the American system, the proposal of a religiously grounded affiliation, particularly one that is Catholic, will receive instant backlash from the public, and most certainly from the media.