Senator John McCain Under Fire Over Texas Pastor's Endorsement

Posted February 29, 2008

By Libby Quaid -- CBS Broadcasting
February 29, 2008

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Today, it was Republican frontrunner John McCain's turn to answer mounting questions about one of his supporters, the Rev. John Hagee, a San Antonio pastor a worldwide broadcast ministry, reports CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield.

Hagee has offered some highly provocative views on a variety of subjects.


Catholics United Asks John McCain to Distance Himself from Anti-Catholic Bigotry

Posted February 28, 2008

Catholics United has issued a letter to the John McCain campaign asking him to publicly distance himself from Pastor John Hagee's anti-Catholic rhetoric and reject his endorsement.

On Wednesday, Senator John McCain was “honored” to receive the endorsement of the Evangelical pastor John Hagee. Pastor Hagee is well known for his anti-Catholic rhetoric such as past suggestions that the Catholic Church gave Adolf Hitler inspiration and support for the Holocaust. In a letter to John McCain’s campaign, Catholics United is asking the Senator to distance himself from Pastor Hagee’s anti-Catholic comments and reject the endorsement.


McCain Endorsement Angers Catholic League President

Posted February 28, 2008

By Michael D. Shear - The Washington Post
February 28, 2008

HOUSTON -- The president of the Catholic League today blasted Sen. John McCain for accepting the endorsement of Texas evangelicalist John Hagee, calling the controversial pastor a bigot who has "waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church."

Hagee, who is known for his crusading support of Israel, backed McCain's presidential bid Wednesday, standing next to the senator at a hotel in San Antonio and calling McCain "a man of principle."


Anti-war Anti-torture Ash Wednesday

Posted February 07, 2008


On Ash Wednesday, February 6th Catholics for an End to the War in Iraq delivered ashes to the White House and prayed for forgiveness. The use of ashes at the White House is a sign of atonement for President Bush’s war in Iraq, his continued support of torture and for his squandering of our nation’s moral leadership in the world. Read more in The Connecticut Day or in the Austin American-Statesman.


Catholics United Distributes Voter Guides in Advance of the Presidential Caucuses and Primaries

Posted December 20, 2007

Catholics United, a Catholic organization dedicated to working on behalf of justice and the common good is distributing 30,000 Democratic and Republican voter guides to Catholics and people of faith. The guides will be distributed nationally but a special emphasis on the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

To download the Democratic Presidential Voter Guide PDF, click here.
To download the Republican Presidential Voter Guide PDF, click here.


Congressman McCotter's SCHIP Fallout Continues

Posted November 14, 2007

Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter's attack on Catholics United has prompted MSNBC's Keith Olbermann to name McCotter the "Worst Person in the World." Last month, Congressman McCotter compared Catholics United to "the devil" for daring to challenge his vote against expanding health care for uninsured children.

Olbermann's response: "How I know they're not right, Congressman - and you're the devil?"


We're not backing down. Today, Catholics United expanded its ad campaign and is currently running this TV ad on CNN and FOX News in McCotter's district.



Click here to view the ad


Catholics United Expands Ad Campaign Targeting Pro-Life Members of Congress Voting against Children’s Health Insurance

Posted November 07, 2007

As Congress debates a plan to offer health insurance to millions of uninsured children, Catholics United is running an expanded ad campaign on Christian radio targeting 18 pro-life members of Congress who have voted against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The ads contend that members of Congress who vote against health care for children are compromising their pro-life voting record.

“As members of Congress debate this legislation, Catholics United wants them to know that people of faith are paying attention to their actions back home,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. “Protecting the weak and vulnerable lies at the heart of the Christian faith, and we are willing to go all out on behalf of this legislation.”

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Catholics United Expands Ad Campaign Targeting Pro-Life Members of Congress Voting against Children’s Health Insurance

Posted November 07, 2007

Ads Will Run in Six New Congressional Districts for a Total of 13


Vote Sustaining President's Veto of Health Care for Millions of Children is Shameful

Posted October 18, 2007

Catholics United expressed extreme disappointment over the failure of "pro-life" Members of Congress to overturn President Bush's veto of health care for millions of uninsured children.

Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United states, "Today's vote is not only a setback for the 10 million uninsured children of America, but also for all those who care about the sanctity of human life. When political ideology triumphs over concern for the most vulnerable, both human dignity and the common good suffer."

Catholics United aired commercials on Christian and Catholic radio stations leading up to today's vote. The ads challenged 10 Members of Congress who say they are "pro-life" yet vote against health care for millions of our most vulnerable children. The ads received widespread attention, most notably from House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thad McCotter. In an article appearing on the National Review website, Rep. McCotter characterized Catholics United as the "devil" and as being in "sin" for challenging his and other members of Congress pro-life commitment.

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Vote Sustaining President's Veto of Health Care for Millions of Children is Shameful

Posted October 18, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2007

Contact:
Chris Korzen
(202) 903-0856
ckorzen@catholics-united.org

Washington, DC - Catholics United expressed extreme disappointment over the failure of "pro-life" Members of Congress to overturn President Bush's veto of health care for millions of uninsured children.

Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United states, "Today's vote is not only a setback for the 10 million uninsured children of America, but also for all those who care about the sanctity of human life. When political ideology triumphs over concern for the most vulnerable, both human dignity and the common good suffer."