K Street Files: Way Beyond the Beltway

Posted September 02, 2008

By Kate Ackley - Roll Call
September 2, 2008

If you thought the trek from D.C. to Minneapolis-St. Paul was a long one, one “delegation” came all the way from Georgia.

That’s Georgia the country, which has made headlines in recent weeks after it was invaded by neighboring Russia.


Catholics United Calls on Republican Party to Embrace Common Ground Abortion Policy at Convention

Posted September 01, 2008

Catholics United is calling on the Republican Party to reinstate language deleted from its proposed platform aimed at uniting Americans behind common ground solutions to reduce abortions. The draft platform, which the party will vote to ratify in St. Paul today, originally contained the following language:

“We invite all persons of good will, whether across the political aisle orin our party, to work together to reduce the incidence of abortion;”

The GOP’s movement away from bi-partisan efforts to reduce abortion comes at a time when the Democratic Party is increasingly embracing “common ground, common sense” means of addressing the issue. Last week’s Democratic convention included a call for abortion reduction efforts by pro-life senator Bob Casey, Jr., as well as historic platform language calling for “ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.” In his nomination acceptance speech, Senator Barack Obama stated that “we may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country.”


Catholics in Denver lobby for peace, common good

Posted August 28, 2008

By Mary Barron - The National Catholic Reporter
August 28, 2008

Denver

Catholics' long tradition of caring for people, reducing suffering, providing health care, education and the basics to hold together families and communities (not to mention body and soul) has somehow gotten lost along the way. Not in actuality, but certainly in the common consciousness of American society.

“When I was growing up, I understood that this was the work of the Catholic church,” said Chris Korzen, 32, executive director of Catholics United, which describes itself as a national movement for justice, peace and the common good.


A Moral Prescription

Posted August 28, 2008

By Lindsey Barrett - Center for American Progress
August 28, 2008

“Catholic Social Teaching reminds us the right to healthcare flows from the sanctity of human life and the dignity that belongs to each person because we are created in God’s image,” explains Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United, about the moral obligation of the faith community to advocate for better health care in America.

This obligation drove Catholics United to create radio ads criticizing 13 “pro-life” congressional representatives who voted against reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 2007. SCHIP provides health insurance coverage for children in families incomes too high to qualify for coverage under Medicaid, but who lack access to affordable private health insurance coverage.


Pennsylvania Makes Democratic Spotlight

Posted August 27, 2008

By Joe Murray - The Bulletin
August 27, 2008

Two of Pennsylvania's top elected officials were featured yesterday night as Democrats attempted to put forth an economic plan and link rival John McCain to the Bush administration.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Gov. Ed Rendell both spoke, as Democrats talked economics. But as Mr. Rendell assumed the role of a pit bull, undercutting Mr. McCain's commitment to renewable energy, Mr. Casey dodged the abortion issue in favor of economic populism.


Casey, an Abortion Opponent, Praises Obama

Posted August 27, 2008

By John M. Broder - The New York Times
August 27, 2008

Sixteen years after his father was denied a speaking part at a Democratic convention because his anti-abortion views led him to oppose Bill Clinton’s candidacy, Senator Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania told the convention Tuesday night that Senator Barack Obama could bring together supporters and opponents of abortion rights.

Mr. Casey is, like his father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania, a Roman Catholic who opposes abortion. He was invited to speak as part of a broad effort by the Obama campaign to reach out to religious voters and anti-abortion Democrats and independents.


Catholics United Statement on Senator Robert Casey, Jr.’s Democratic National Convention Address

Posted August 26, 2008

Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in advance of Senator Casey’s speech at the Democratic National Convention:

“Today is an historic day for the millions of U.S. Catholics who believe the authentic values of our faith can play a positive role in our public discourse. Senator Casey is a faithful leader whose Catholic upbringing and education has inspired a career of service and a profound dedication to the common good. That one of our own has received such an honor undoubtedly serves as a source of pride to many in our church community.”


Biden Selection Reignites Abortion Controversy

Posted August 26, 2008

By Joe Murray - The Bulletin
August 26, 2008

With the selection of Joe Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama picked at one of the biggest scabs of the Democratic Party - the friction between pro-choice Catholic Democrats and the Church they call home.

One of the poorest members of the Senate, son of a working class Scranton family and a Roman Catholic, Mr. Biden is thought to be the bridge Mr. Obama needed to reconnected those blue collar Democrats who flocked to Hillary Clinton in the primary but have remained skeptical of the man who shops for arugula.


Biden's Catholic faith offers risks, rewards

Posted August 25, 2008

By Eric Gorski - The Associated Press
August 25, 2008

DENVER (AP) — When Joe Biden underwent brain surgery for a life-threatening aneurysm in 1988, he asked doctors whether he could tuck his rosary beads under his pillow. The six-term Democratic senator from Delaware also has offered to shove his rosary down the throat of the next Republican who tells him he isn't religious.

Barack Obama's running mate is the son of working-class Irish Catholics, a career politician educated at a Catholic prep school who briefly considered the priesthood.


Catholics United Statement on Barack Obama’s Selection of Senator Joe Biden as Running Mate

Posted August 23, 2008

Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to Catholic senator Joe Biden’s addition to the Democratic presidential ticket.

“Catholics United believes Senator Biden’s selection as vice presidential candidate is a positive development for Americans who respect leaders who have strong religious, family, and personal values. Senator Biden’s well-known commitment to his Catholic faith has inspired his advocacy on issues such as genocide, universal health care, education, workers’ rights, and violence against women. His faith has helped him to find solace during times of tragedy and crisis.”

“We are optimistic that Senator Biden’s history of seeking practical means of addressing abortion will help move our nation beyond the divisive, acrimonious, and unproductive debate that has come to surround the issue. Senator Biden accepts his church’s teachings on human life and can work to advance these teachings in ways that Americans of all political persuasions can support.”