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.”

Chris Korzen appears on MPBN News

Posted August 20, 2008

Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United, appeared on the radio program MPBN News host Tom Porter.

Link to the interview

Democrats' new abortion policy hailed as 'common ground'

Posted August 20, 2008

By NCR Staff - The National Catholic Reporter
August 22, 2008

New language in the Democratic Party platform seeking a reduction in the number of abortions was hailed by a panel of religious and legal experts, including two longtime Republican opponents of abortion, as “historic” and “courageous.” The new plank, the panelists said, provides “common ground” for all sides in the debate to work to lower the number of abortions.

“One of the things I think is most significant about this platform is that it recognizes that there is more than one way to discourage abortion,” said Douglas Kmiec, chair and professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University. He also served as President Ronald Reagan’s constitutional lawyer and worked on some of the briefs during that period seeking an overturn of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

'THE OBAMA NATION' Controversial author repeats many falsehoods

Posted August 16, 2008

By Charles Babbington - The Associated Press
August 16, 2008

ASPEN, Colo. -- John McCain's presidential campaign had no comment Friday about a controversial book that attacks Barack Obama and many say is riddled errors.

Jerome Corsi's book, The Obama Nation, depicts the Democratic candidate as a dangerous, radical figure filled ''black rage.'' It repeats numerous falsehoods, such as the claim that Obama, who is a Christian, is a Muslim.The Obama campaign and its allies have criticized the book forcefully, citing dozens of assertions that they say are inaccurate. Corsi has espoused a number of unorthodox views, including claims that the federal government was untruthful about what caused New York City's Twin Towers to collapse after being struck by hijacked jets on Sept. 11, 2001.

Dem's abortion line may soften

Posted August 13, 2008

By Margaret Ramirez and Manya A. Brachear - The Chicago Tribune
August 13, 2008

The Democratic Party has proposed changes to the party's platform on abortion rights a new focus on reducing the number of abortions, in an overture to evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics.

The party's platform now reads: "We stand proudly for a woman's right to choose, consistent Roe v. Wade, and regardless of her ability to pay. ... At the same time, we strongly support family planning and adoption incentives. Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare."

Some Pro-Lifers Praise New Democratic Abortion Platform

Posted August 13, 2008

By Michelle A. Vu - The Christian Post
August 13, 2008

The Democratic Party’s new softer language on abortion received praised from some Christian pro-lifers, who saw the statement as the party’s willingness to find common ground those against the practice.

While the party’s platform statement still clearly backs a woman’s right to choose an abortion, the new catch is that the party now also stresses abortion reduction through health care, education and “caring adoption programs.”

Obama Nation Abomination?

Posted August 13, 2008

By Steven Waldman - Beliefnet
August 13, 2008

Oh dear. Jim Corsi, author of the new anti-Obama book that's already hit the top of the bestseller list, apparently has an internet altar ego some rather dramatic views. According to Media Matters, Corsi posted on as "jrlc":

On Catholics and the Pope

"Boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay the Pope as long as it isn't reported by the liberal press."

Catholics Welcome a Positive Step Forward on Abortion Language in Democratic Platform

Posted August 12, 2008

Catholics United executive director, Chris Korzen, issued the following statement in response to the Democratic Party’s proposed platform language on abortion.

“Catholics United welcomes the Democratic Party’s new platform language as the seed of a practical and effective plan to significantly reduce abortions in the United States. Although we understand that Catholic teaching does not support all the provisions contained in the party’s abortion platform, we believe faithful Catholics will appreciate this development as a positive step toward abortion policy Americans of diverse ideological and religious backgrounds can unite behind.”

“For far too long, extremists on both sides of the political spectrum have used the abortion issue to divide voters, often at the expense of other pressing concerns. By focusing on the root causes of abortion – economic inequality, lack of education and health care, and other threats to the integrity of the American family – the leaders of the Democratic Party are signaling a willingness to bring Americans together in support of common ground solutions. We hope and pray party leaders will pursue these abortion reduction policies vigor both in the run-up to and after the November elections. As Catholics, we will continue to stand up for the sanctity of human life and encourage elected officials from both parties to do all they can to end abortion, torture, poverty, war and other grave threats to the dignity of the human person.”

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Torture Survivors Ask John McCain to Renounce his Support for Torture

Posted August 07, 2008

A former US military interrogator at Abu Ghraib and a survivor of torture recounted their experiences the press this morning and are joining others to ask US Senator John McCain to renounce his recent votes in support of torture as an interrogation technique. Former military interrogator, Joshua Casteel, torture survivor and purple heart recipient, Father Roy Bourgeois and USAction program manager Alan Charney have asserted that torture is not only immoral, it is also ineffective.

After Tuesday’s mixed verdict in the prosecution of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, questions linger whether the inadmissible evidence collected torture adversely affected the government’s case. In the case of suspected 9/11 co-conspirator Mohamed al Qahtani, the government decided against prosecuting the suspected terrorist after news reports detailed the coercive interrogation methods used on him.

Joshua Casteel and Fr. Roy were part of an effort that collected more than 20,000 petition signatures urging Senator McCain to renounce torture. The petition drive is being sponsored by Catholics United, School of the Americas Watch, and

Senator McCain who was once a leader in the fight against torture, supported the Military Commission Act and voted against anti-torture provisions of the Intelligence Authorization Bill. This year McCain was the only member of Congress to distinctively change his mind on the issue, which has left him at odds those working against torture.

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