CATHOLICS UNITED UPDATE: Easter Season and Times of Change

Posted April 25, 2011

Easter marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. The long days of Lent are over and we now enter the fifty days of the Easter season. This liturgical season is marked by resurrection and new beginnings. Here at Catholics United, we’re also going through a process of new beginnings.

We founded Catholics United over four years ago because we were alarmed at the disastrous policies of the Bush administration and the willingness of certain Church leaders to prioritize socially divisive wedge issues at the expense of the poor and marginalized. And in only a few short years, our organization has become one of the largest networks of progressive Catholics in the country and we’ve made a significant impact on our nation’s moral values debate.

Starting this month, Catholics United co-founder Chris Korzen will be leaving Catholics United to lead a new state-based organizing project in Maine. Chris’s hard work and vision will be sorely missed by all of us at Catholics United. His work over the last several years has made CU what it is today. We thank Chris for his years of service to Catholics United.

With Chris's departure, James Salt will be assuming the Acting Director responsibilities of the organization. James has been involved with Catholics United since its formation, serving as both an organizer and political director. As Catholics United goes through this transformation, one thing is certain; the voices of progressive Catholics must play a vital role in our nation’s moral values debate.

Why is the voice of progressive Catholics important? Over the last few weeks, the Republicans have proposed a budget that gives tax breaks to the rich at the expense of the poor. The Republicans are attempting to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to stop man-made pollution from poisoning the air, water and our communities. And in two states, Republican Governors have stripped working families of their rights to collectively bargain. These attacks demonstrate just how serious the stakes are for the future of our country. The progressive Catholic voice is needed in our national debate now more than ever before.

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