'Catholics United' Welcomes Church Reproach of Controversial Voting Guides

Posted November 06, 2006

U.S. Bishops' Stance Against 'Litmus Tests' in Line With Moral Priorities of Mainstream Catholics

Boston, MA, November 6, 2006 - Catholics United for the Common Good welcomes an official Church memo that asks parishes to refrain from distributing voting guides produced by outside organizations. The document, written by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, repudiates the claim that Church teaching on political responsibility can be boiled down to a narrow range of divisive issues. This move coincides growing belief among Catholic voters that 'kitchen table' issues - such as the Iraq War, health care, corruption, and economic security - deserve serious moral consideration at the polls.

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'Catholics United' Welcomes Church Reproach of Controversial Voting Guides

Posted November 06, 2006

'Catholics United' Welcomes Church Reproach of Controversial Voting Guides

U.S. Bishops' Stance Against 'Litmus Tests' in Line With Moral Priorities of Mainstream Catholics

Boston, MA, November 6, 2006 - Catholics United for the Common Good welcomes an official Church memo, reported Friday by Religion News Service, that asks parishes to refrain from distributing voting guides produced by outside organizations. The document, written by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore and chair of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, repudiates the claim that Church teaching on political responsibility can be boiled down to a narrow range of divisive issues. This move coincides growing belief among Catholic voters that 'kitchen table' issues - such as the Iraq War, health care, corruption, and economic security - deserve serious moral consideration at the polls.


Catholic Bishops Put Kibosh on Partisan Voting Guides

Posted November 03, 2006

Religion News Service reported today that Cardinal William H. Keeler, chair of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, has asked parishes not to use voting guides that are not approved by the Church.

The message from Cardinal Keeler settles a debate that began in 2004, when organizations such as the San Diego-based Catholic Answers began a systematic campaign through paid advertisements and printed voting guides to convince Catholics only to consider abortion, same-sex marriage, stem cell research, human cloning, and euthanasia at the voting booth. Many observers viewed this message as an attempt to undermine the Bishops' 2003 Faithful Citizenship voting guide - which lists more than fifty issues relevant to Catholic voters, and characterizes Catholic citizenship as a call to promote "the common good." Partisan organizations such as Fidelis and the Catholic League have actively promoted this narrow view as well.


'Catholics United' launches online voter guide and quiz for U.S. Senate races

Posted November 02, 2006

www.votingcatholic.org fights partisan misinformation about authentic Church teaching

Boston, MA, November 1, 2006 - The nonpartisan group Catholics United for the Common Good released its Catholic Voting Project (CVP) voter guide for sixteen U.S. Senate races today. The online resource - available at www.votingcatholic.org - allows voters to compare the positions of leading candidates on some 20 issues important in Catholic teaching. It also offers a unique interactive voter quiz that will compare users' views to those of the Senate candidates and the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

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'Catholics United' launches online voter guide and quiz for U.S. Senate races

Posted November 02, 2006

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November 1, 2006

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www.votingcatholic.org fights partisan misinformation about authentic Church teaching

Boston, MA - The nonpartisan group Catholics United for the Common Good released its Catholic Voting Project (CVP) voter guide for sixteen U.S. Senate races today. The online resource - available at www.votingcatholic.org - allows voters to compare the positions of leading candidates on some 20 issues important in Catholic teaching. It also offers a unique interactive voter quiz that will compare users' views to those of the Senate candidates and the U.S. Catholic Bishops.


Study: 655,000 Iraqis Dead Thanks to War

Posted October 11, 2006

Study: 655,000 Iraqis Dead Thanks to War - A controversial new study from Johns Hopkins University contends that nearly 655,000 Iraqis have died because of the war, suggesting a far higher death toll than other estimates. Researchers, who attempted to calculate how many more Iraqis have died since March 2003 than would have diedout the war, based their conclusion on interviews of households and not on a body count. [Latest News]


I.R.S. Eyes Religious Groups as More Enter Election Fray

Posted September 18, 2006

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
The New York Times
September 18, 2006

With midterm elections less than two months away, Christian conservatives are enlisting churches in eight battleground states to register voters, gather crowds for rallies and distribute voters' guides comparing the candidates' stands on issues that conservatives consider "family values."

This election year, however, the religious conservatives are facing resistance from newly invigorated religious liberals and moderates who are creating their own voters' guides and are organizing events designed to challenge the conservatives' definition of "values."

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I.R.S. Eyes Religious Groups as More Enter Election Fray

Posted September 18, 2006

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
The New York Times
September 18, 2006

With midterm elections less than two months away, Christian conservatives are enlisting churches in eight battleground states to register voters, gather crowds for rallies and distribute voters' guides comparing the candidates' stands on issues that conservatives consider "family values."

This election year, however, the religious conservatives are facing resistance from newly invigorated religious liberals and moderates who are creating their own voters' guides and are organizing events designed to challenge the conservatives' definition of "values."

Both religious flanks are looking nervously over their shoulders at the Internal Revenue Service, which this year announced a renewed effort to enforce laws that limit churches and charities from involvement in partisan political campaigns.


Bob Casey and the Common Good

Posted September 15, 2006

Robert Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania's Democratic candidate for Senate, talked spoke recently at Catholic University about "an old idea new power - the common good."

During his speech, Mr. Casey noted that the mishandling of hurricane Katrina was not driven by malice but by an approach to governance that favors special interests over the public interest. A pro-life Democrat, He also issued an important call for a new discourse on life among progressives. This seems particularly encouraging on a day in which a coalition of pro-life and pro-choice Members of Congress introduced an aggressive new plan for reducing abortions over the next ten years.

We hope that Mr. Casey and all Catholics in public life will not hesitate to put their moral convictions ahead of political expedience when discussing the need to restore America's moral authority.

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Catholic Group Commends Catholic University and Robert Casey for Call to the Common Good

Posted September 15, 2006

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Contact: Chris Korzen
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Washington, September 14, 2006 - Catholics United for the Common Good thanks the Catholic University of America (CUA) for organizing a valuable debate today on Catholic teaching and public life, during which Robert P. Casey, Jr. offered a vision of the common good worthy of reflection.

It was a relief to attend an event at which the full breadth of Catholic teaching was embraced. Despite what partisans often wish, Catholicism does not offer us a choice between being pro-life and pro-justice, pro-peace and pro-freedom. It offers us a comprehensive view that demands we respect the fundamental dignity of each human life and that the only way to accomplish this is through a culture of the common good.

Mr. Casey showed courage in accepting the US Conference of Catholic Bishops call for politics to "be about an old idea new power - the common good."