Catholics United Hails House Passage of Abortion Reduction Measure

Posted July 24, 2007

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July 24, 2007

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

Catholics United Hails House Passage
of Abortion Reduction Measure

Recent Study Supports Legislative Initiatives Can Reduce Abortion

Washington, D.C. – Catholics United welcomes the U.S. House of Representative's passage last week of the "Reducing the Need for Abortions Initiative," a $647 million package of health, economic and educational assistance for women and families. The initiative, which contains many of the provisions proposed by Catholic members of Congress Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the "Reducing the Need for Abortions and Supporting Parents Act" (H.R. 1074), represents a major step toward a practical and effective abortion policy that Americans of all political stripes can get behind.


Catholics Mobilize to End the War in Iraq

Posted July 12, 2007

National Campaign Will Pressure Leaders to Pursue Diplomacy, Redevelopment and Responsible Withdrawal

Washington, D.C. - Catholics United today launched a new coordinated national effort to mobilize Catholics to become a powerful voice for ending the Iraq war.

Catholics for an End to the War in Iraq, www.catholicsforanend.org, will provide Catholics opportunities to join sign-on petitions, media campaigns, targeted local events and other strategies that pressure our leaders to begin a responsibledrawal of U.S. troops. The collaborative initiative is supported by NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement.

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Catholics Mobilize to End War in Iraq

Posted July 12, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2007

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

Catholics Mobilize to End War in Iraq

National Campaign Will Pressure Leaders to Pursue Diplomacy, Redevelopment and Responsible Withdrawal

Washington, D.C. - Catholics United today launched a new coordinated national effort to mobilize Catholics to become a powerful voice for ending the Iraq war.

Catholics for an End to the War in Iraq, www.catholicsforanend.org, will provide Catholics opportunities to join sign-on petitions, media campaigns, targeted local events and other strategies that pressure our leaders to begin a responsibledrawal of U.S. troops. The collaborative initiative is supported by NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement.


A Response to Tucker Carlson and "Insincerity"

Posted June 19, 2007
Video Clip
(courtesy www.mediamatters.org)

Tucker Carlson's recent attack on religious progressives underscores just how far he and his kind are out of touch on issues such as poverty, war, health care and the environment.

On his June 14 show, Tucker, Tucker Carlson asked his guest, Andrew Ferguson of The Weekly Standard, “Can you imagine a scenario, though, where the Democrat gets religious voters?” Ferguson responded, “Only in…a very liberal Protestant sort of view, in which they believe in everything but God.” Carlson would later remark, “I have never met anybody less sincere than the religious left."

It is sad that Carlson chooses to ignore the issues that the mainline religious have been championing. Carlson believes that he is actually qualified to discuss the basic tenets of Christianity and yet blasts as “insincere” the faith-driven people who are morally arguing against poverty and war while promoting health care, the environment and human dignity. Carlson may question the convictions of the religious left, but their message resonates a growing number of Americans.


Catholic Groups Call on President to Heed Pope’s Iraq Message

Posted June 07, 2007

Meeting Pope Highlights Disaster of Bush's War

Washington, D.C. - Catholics United for the Common Good and NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today called on President Bush to use his upcoming meeting Pope Benedict XVI to begin formulating a new policy for peace in Iraq. The meeting, to be held on Saturday at the Vatican, comes some two months after the pope expressed grave concerns about the humanitarian crisis the war sparked, calling Iraq a country “torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees.”

“President Bush owes an unequivocal apology to our pope, to Catholics around the world, and most importantly to the Iraqi people and others directly affected by the tragedy of this unjust war,” said Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United for the Common Good. “The president's arrogant and self-serving policies in the Middle East have proven a total affront to human life and dignity, the fallout of which will continue to be felt for generations to come.”

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Catholic Groups Call on President to Heed Pope's Iraq Message

Posted June 07, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2007

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

Catholic Groups Call on President to Heed Pope’s Iraq Message

Meeting Pope Highlights Disaster of Bush's War

Washington, D.C. - Catholics United for the Common Good and NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today called on President Bush to use his upcoming meeting Pope Benedict XVI to begin formulating a new policy for peace in Iraq. The meeting, to be held on Saturday at the Vatican, comes some two months after the pope expressed grave concerns about the humanitarian crisis the war sparked, calling Iraq a country “torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees.”

The Iraq War began after President Bush ignored the pleas of Pope Benedict's predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who urged the U.S. to seek alternatives to armed conflict and called the decision to go to war “a defeat for humanity.”


Catholics United Calls on Conservative Group Fidelis to Put Church and Family Over Partisan Loyalties

Posted May 31, 2007

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Chris Korzen
617-818-7138
ckorzen@catholics-united.org

Catholics United Calls on Conservative Group Fidelis to Put Church and Family Over Partisan Loyalties

Immigration Amendment Essential to Upholding Catholic Teaching on the Family

Washington D.C. - Catholics United for the Common Good expressed grave concerns today over the partisan nature of the "Catholic" organization Fidelis, which despite its stated objective of defending the family, has remained conspicuously silent on recent efforts to insert a crucial pro-family amendment into the Immigration Reform Act of 2007.

The bipartisan amendment – proposed by Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and her colleagues Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) – would fix a provision in the current compromise immigration bill restricting lawful permanent residents from bringing spouses and minor children into the country. The amendment is supported by the U.S. Catholic Bishops on grounds that maintaining family integrity is essential to just immigration reform.


Catholics United Calls on Conservative Group Fidelis to Put Church and Family Over Partisan Loyalties

Posted May 31, 2007

Catholics United Calls on Conservative Group Fidelis to Put Church and Family Over Partisan Loyalties

Immigration Amendment Essential to Upholding Catholic Teaching on the Family

Washington D.C. - Catholics United for the Common Good expressed grave concerns today over the partisan nature of the "Catholic" organization Fidelis, which despite its stated objective of defending the family, has remained conspicuously silent on recent efforts to insert a crucial pro-family amendment into the Immigration Reform Act of 2007.

The bipartisan amendment – proposed by Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and her colleagues Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) – would fix a provision in the current compromise immigration bill restricting lawful permanent residents from bringing spouses and minor children into the country. The amendment is supported by the U.S. Catholic Bishops on grounds that maintaining family integrity is essential to just immigration reform.

Read the full statement here.


Jobs, Health Insurance key to Preventing Abortions

Posted May 15, 2007

A landmark study by Catholics United's Joe Wright shows that lower unemployment, higher rates of health insurance coverage, and greater availability of Head Start centers are more effective at lowering abortion rates than lower availability of abortion providers.

The study, which looks at county-level data in Kansas from 2000 to 2004, suggests that abortion reduction is best achieved by addressing the root causes of abortion than restricting access to abortion services.

Access the Full Report here.


A Few Words on Lou Dobbs and Christians Fighting for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted May 08, 2007

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Speak on Lou Dobbs Show [Read a transcript of the segment here]

This week, as Catholics and Christians descend on Congress to lobby for truly comprehensive immigration reform, journalist Lisa Sylvester and Lou Dobbs begin and end the above segment by saying that the first responsibility we Americans have is to ourselves. What they appear to be forgetting is that the economic reality of life in America as we know it - from restaurant kitchens to hotel laundries to the fruits and vegetables lining the American refrigerator - depends on the labor of those that are quickly becoming members of America's latest underclass.