PRESS RELEASE: New York Times Editorial Validates Catholics United’s Work Defending Church Sanctuaries from Partisan Politics

Posted September 20, 2012

In response to intensifying political activity from the pulpit, Catholics United takes action

WASHINGTON – Catholics United, along with Faithful America, last week delivered a petition of more than 27,000 signatures calling on Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to set straight an Upper East Side parish which printed bulletin remarks endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Soon after, the church issued an apology and The New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer wrote a piece covering the story.

Bill Donohue, president of the New York-based Catholic League, wrote a press release smearing Catholics United, Faithful America and The New York Times for attempting to keep partisanship out of the pulpit. In response to the entire debacle, the Times wrote an editorial urging vigilance in the fight to keep churches free of partisan activity.

“This is a symptom of a larger problem that’s occurring all over the country,” said James Salt, executive director of Catholics United. “We’ve been hearing from Catholics United members that partisan activity is creeping into their houses of worship. This activity has got to stop and Cardinal Dolan has a moral obligation to state in no uncertain terms that partisan activity has no place in the Catholic Mass. He has yet to do so.”

To read today's New York Times editorial referring to partisan activity in the New York Archdiocese, visit

To read Catholics United Executive Director James Salt’s response to Bill Donohue press release attacking our organization, visit our blog at

James Salt, Catholics United’s executive director, is available for press comment or interviews.

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