My blogging colleague An Archdiocese of Washington Catholic commented on the forum for the Montgomery County Executive candidates being held as I write this. He's right. The areas of focus are "soft-ball" matters. The "Justice and Advocacy Council of Montgomery County" (an arm of the Archdiocese of Washington, I believe) refuse to allow discussion of issues that have real moral substance.
Interestingly enough, the flyer that appeared in the parish bulletins didn't even list the names of the four candidates. There is a reason. First, pro-abortion "katholyc" Doug Duncan is running again. Second, pro-abortion Ike Leggett, who helped ram through the bill four years ago that was designed to cripple pro-life pregnancy centers is also running. Phil Andrews is also pro-choice, although to his credit, he opposed that pregnancy center gag bill. The GOP candidate, Jim Shalleck, is pro-life (I believe). So there you have it: this "council" did not want faithful Catholics to know that they were providing rabid pro-abortion candidates a platform (St Jude's in Rockville, to be precise) so that they could come off smelling like roses, given the namby-pamby subject matter being spoon-fed to them.
I was at a similar forum four years ago (at St Jane de Chantal). It was a complete waste of time. Again there were the morally-neutral issues being bandied about. There was no opportunity for audience questioning or input. All they wanted were warm bodies in the audience so that they could brag about the "valuable service" they were affording to Catholic voters. Tonight I decided I was not going to waste my time just so I could increase their "body count". I certainly hope the attendance was paltry. Maybe then the Archdiocese of Washington will learn that faithful Catholics will not be stage props to aid and abet their kiss-ups to the progressive pols that do dominate Montgomery County.