It's not only in America.
From PHILIPPINE DAILY ENQUIRER:
A Philippine Palace official suspects one reason for the lack of quorum in the House of Representatives during deliberations on the reproductive health (RH) bill - Reelectionist lawmakers fear provoking their parish priests.
In the countryside, there is such a thing as a "Catholic vote", and pro-RH lawmakers would rather absent themselves from the sessions than become the object of attacks from the pulpit in the run-up to the May 2013 elections, according to Secretary Manuel Mamba. Yesterday he said lawmakers were "fearful" of provoking their parish priests by appearing in the deliberations, much more by voting for the controversial measure.