I was a “cradle Democrat”. No known ancestor of mine was ever anything else. I was a party activist for years. I knew senators, governors and congressmen, and supported their campaigns. I held office in the party. I was a “true believer”.
But then, the party began to endorse abortion on demand, and it got more and more that way. At the same time, it began to abandon everything else I valued in the party, so it came to stand for nothing but abortion. It became clear to me that I could not simultaneously follow the teachings of the Church and the policies of the Dem party.
And so I left it. In doing so, I alienated no small number of my friends and colleagues. When asked, I told them why. Some accepted my decision (though they didn’t agree) and some didn’t, thinking it “backward” of me to be insistent on following the Church’s teachings. Some tried to convince me that “oh, there are prolife Dems”. But I knew them and their voting patterns, and knew better.
I never became a Repub, but I find myself nearly always voting for them because there are never any prolife candidates on my ballot. I live in a pretty conservative part of the country, so now and then there might be a prolife Dem candidate for the county commission or something, but that’s it. But that’s getting more and more rare.
Interesting how things happen over the years. I hadn’t paid too much attention to politics after I was no longer actively involved in it. But one day I realized the “Democrat” parts of the state had turned Repub, all except for the cities, Boone County where the U of Mo is, and one of the old “lead belt” counties. I mean solid, solid Dem parts turned Repub. I realized it was because some of the old Dem bastions had a lot of Catholics. Most of the rest of them had a lot of fundamentalists and evangelicals.
So, no. I don’t think a person can be true to the teachings of the Church and support the Dem party. I truly don’t.