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.”

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."