Catholics Mobilize to End War in Iraq

Posted July 12, 2007

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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
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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

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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.


Religion News in Brief

Posted April 20, 2007

The Associated Press
Thursday, April 19, 2007

WASHINGTON - Efforts to remove religion's influence from the public square will fail, in large part because faith plays such a major role in most Americans' lives, the recently appointed Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington said.

Archbishop Donald Wuerl's comments came at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on April 13. President Bush was the headline speaker.

Wuerl said the church's moral theology has helped frame debates over the Iraq war, abortion, embryonic stem cell research, physician-assisted suicide and immigration. Religious faith, Wuerl said, continues to play a significant role in both promoting social justice issues as well as "defending all innocent human life."

In his address, Wuerl echoed Pope Benedict XVI's frequent warnings about the threat of secularism.


Catholics United Pushes Back at Republican Prayer Breakfast

Posted April 17, 2007

At the National Catholic Prayer breakfast last Friday, President Bush preached to the choir on issues of life and dignity. A number of conservative powerbrokers were on hand, including several cabinet members and former Sen. Fred Thompson, a possible Republican presidential candidate. According to Joe Cella, the breakfast's founder, the breakfast is a forum for Catholics to "gather together in prayer and fellowship."

But some Catholics say the annual event is more about Republican politics than the church. "Let's be honest, this event would be more accurately labled the 'Republican Catholic Strategy Breakfast,'" said Chris Korzen of Catholics United for the Common Good. "Its organizers have a clear track-record of putting partisanship above church teaching. My concern is that the general public is looking at this and thinking that its affiliated the Catholic Church," he said. "It's not."

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