PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Applauds Greenhouse Gas Health Standards

Posted March 27, 2012

New rule improves air quality, shows commitment to reversing life-threatening effects of climate change

WASHINGTON – Today the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Carbon Pollution Standard, commonly known as a “greenhouse gas rule,” a measure that will impose limits of the emission of carbon from coal-fired power plants. The new standard will protect the health of every American and will help ensure future generations are able to live in a cleaner, more sustainable environment. The rule is another step in addressing the increasing dangers of climate change.

Catholics United welcomes this ruling, as care for God’s creation is a central component of Catholic social teaching. Pope Benedict XVI, commonly known as “the Green Pope” as he has made the environment one of his top concerns, often speaks out in favor of protecting the earth and limiting the effects of global climate change.

PRESS RELEASE: Lay Catholics Call on Bishops to Be Consistent, Defend Poor From Paul Ryan’s Budget Cuts

Posted March 21, 2012

The Silence of the Bishops is Deafening

WASHINGTON – It’s been 24 hours since Catholic Congressman Paul Ryan released a budget proposal based on the anti-Christian ideals of social Darwinist Ayn Rand. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, charged with pastoral care for the poor and vulnerable, has yet to issue a statement condemning Paul Ryan’s budget, its dramatic cuts to the poor and massive redistribution of wealth to the top 1 percent of wage-earners.

The bishops were once known as champions for the cause of the least among us. Today, they’ve shifted their focus to social issues such as women’s access to contraception. Catholics United, a nationwide network of 40,000 lay Catholics, is organizing a petition asking the bishops to strongly speak out against cuts to the poor and vulnerable.

PRESS RELEASE: Paul Ryan’s 2013 Budget Reflects the Teachings of Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ

Posted March 20, 2012

Paul Ryan, a dedicated follower of atheist Ayn Rand, has turned the moral compass of the Republican Party

WASHINGTON – In his 2013 budget proposal released Tuesday, the Roman Catholic United States Congressman Paul Ryan has given us what is decidedly an un-Christian plan for America.

From calls to drastically cut spending on Medicaid, the national program designed to provide the poor with health coverage, to decimating food aid programs for the underserved, the cuts on the defenseless are staggering. By continuing to bail out Big Oil, defense contractors and his friends in the top 1 percent, his actions beg the question: when he’s writing his budgets, whose teachings is Congressman Ryan following?

PRESS RELEASE: HHS Issues New Guidance for Religious Self-Insurers and Contraceptive Mandate

Posted March 16, 2012

Catholics United praises move as another step forward for religious liberty

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today announced new guidance on its proposed final rule-making process affecting contraceptive coverage and religious institutions that self-insure. This was the last unresolved issue relating to the President's February 10 religious accommodation.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has pledged to oppose any rule that did not exempt any objecting private employer–such as a hypothetical Taco Bell franchisee–from the contraceptive mandate. It remains unclear how the Bishops will respond to today's announced guidance. Many Catholic moral theologians have indicated the proposed rules do not constitute direct cooperation with what the Catholic Church deems to be an immoral act. For a similar example of this reasoning, a Catholic who objects to the immorality of an unjust war is not held morally responsible for paying taxes to the state that conducts it.

PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Members Deliver Pro-Life Petition to Rep. Johnson

Posted March 15, 2012

Ohio members of Catholic group look to educate Rep. Bill Johnson on the life-saving effects of mercury regulations

WASHINGTON – Members of Catholics United today delivered more than 250 petition signatures to the Washington office of Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta), educating him on recently enacted pro-life mercury regulations.

The petitions, collected and delivered by Ohio representatives of the national Catholic social justice organization, specifically call on Johnson to better understand the effects of mercury pollution on the unborn. Bill Johnson made news earlier this year when he gave a speech at the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, and then took to the floor of the House of Representatives to denounce the EPA's life-saving mercury regulations.

PRESS RELEASE: Santorum Campaigns on Divisive Wedge Issues, Promptly Loses Catholic Vote

Posted March 07, 2012

Despite massive expenditures from far-right Catholic and anti-abortion super PACs, Santorum loses the Catholic vote by wide margins in bellwether states

Washington, DC – Although it will take months to completely sort out the implications of Super Tuesday, one thing is immediately clear: Rick Santorum failed to win the trust of Catholics.

Despite receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in support from far-right special interests dedicated to shoring up the ‘Catholic vote,’ Santorum’s campaign utterly failed to solidify support within the Catholic community. These outside groups, such as the Susan B. Anthony List, poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into targeted media markets in Ohio. The conservative PAC, funded in large part by billionaire pizza magnate Tom Monaghan, worked relentlessly to promote Santorum’s ideological message within Catholic circles.

In addition to his overstated positions on social issues, Santorum recently inflamed the culture war by making outlandish comments on John F. Kennedy’s landmark speech on the role of religion in public life and mocking the role of higher education in America.

Catholics United Media Coverage of Our Petition to Maine's Congressional Delegation

Posted March 02, 2012

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PRESS RELEASE: Catholics Ask Maine's Congressional Delegation to Support HHS Compromise

Posted February 24, 2012

Washington, DC – More than 100 Catholics in Maine have signed a petition expressing support for President Obama’s accommodation for a conscience exception of birth control coverage at religious institutions. Catholics from across the state are asking statewide leaders to affirm their support for President Obama’s compromise which respects religious liberty while expanding access to comprehensive health care coverage.

In the petition, members of Catholics United in Maine are calling on elected leaders to recognize the Department of Health and Human Services’ birth control coverage accommodation protects the religious identity of all Catholic organizations while maintaining access to health care for all employees. Catholics United members from Maine will hand deliver this petition on Monday to their Congressional delegation in Portland.

PRESS RELEASE: Self-appointed ‘Catholic leader’ smears Catholics United; group responds

Posted February 18, 2012

Washington, DC – In a blog post written Thursday, February 16, William “Bill” Donohue, CEO of the Catholic League, stated falsehoods about Catholics United as a result of one mention of the organization at a Congressional hearing regarding women’s access to birth control.

The Catholic League is a self-styled “civil rights group” based in New York. In the post, Mr. Donohue claimed Catholics United is “a George Soros-funded anti-Catholic front group.” He went on to say Soros has “poured a ton of money” into the organization.

“Absolute nonsense,” said James Salt, executive director of Catholics United. “Our 40,000-member organization has never received a cent from Mr. Soros or any of his affiliated groups. I’m puzzled why Mr. Donohue continues to spread this falsehood. Furthermore, I find Mr. Donohue’s use of the smear term ‘anti-Catholic’ highly offensive and disgusting. As a fellow person of the Catholic faith, I expect Mr. Donohue to be above that.”

Salt said though his organization has never received money from Soros, he’d welcome contributions if they were made to further the mission of Catholic Social Teaching and in a spirit of good faith.

PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Calls on Catholic Bishops to Act in Good Faith, Recognize Virtue of Compromise

Posted February 11, 2012

Bishops are increasingly isolated from Catholic institutions most affected by the decision.

Washington DC – After demonstrating initial support for the Obama Administration's recent compromise on the HHS rule affecting religious exemption and access to contraception, yesterday evening, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops took the unfortunate step of escalating their campaign to include opposition to all forms of mandated contraception coverage. In a statement on their Website, the Catholic bishops announced that they will now pursue a legislative solution that rescinds mandated coverage for contraceptive services in all health care plans.

In contrast to the position of the Catholic bishops, many significant Catholic organizations directly affected by the HHS rule - such as the Catholic Health Association, the University of Notre Dame, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and Catholic Charities USA - publicly supported and welcomed the Obama Administration's willingness to accommodate their religious concerns.