PRESS RELEASE: Catholics ask Romney to Reject Bettencourt's Offensive Statements about Catholic Bishop

Posted September 02, 2011

Catholics United calls on presidential candidate to recruit more respectable campaign surrogates

Washington DC - Today, Mitt Romney is expected to receive the endorsement of DJ Bettencourt, the New Hampshire State House majority leader. In April, Bettencourt made national headlines when he made grossly offensive comments about Manchester’s bishop, John McCormack. Writing on his personal Facebook account, Bettencourt called Bishop McCormack a “pedophile pimp” after Bishop McCormack publicly opposed cuts to anti-poverty programs and public sector unions. Bettencourt has yet to publicly apologize. According to press reports, Bettencourt will play a prominent role in Romney's New Hampshire campaign efforts.


PRESS RELEASE: Mothers and Catholics United Members Call on Rep. Joe Walsh to Honor the Lives of All Children and Pay Financial Obligations

Posted July 30, 2011

Constituents deliver letter to Walsh's office asking him to not default on our children's future.

Fox Lake, IL - Catholics United members and mothers from the Eighth Congressional District of Illinois gathered in front of Rep. Joe Walsh's Fox Lake congressional office today to deliver a letter asking the Congressman to act more responsibly when it comes to defaulting on our nation's financial obligations, especially when doing so adversely affects the lives of children.

During the campaign trail, Rep. Walsh touted his fiscal discipline and interest in protecting future generations. However, a recent disclosure of legal documents shows that Congressman Walsh failed to pay child support during a time when he loaned his political campaign $35,000.

“Rep. Walsh claims that he wants to curb federal spending to protect future generations of Americans,said Jeanne Dauray, a mother and member of Catholics United. But this rings hallow in the face of recent disclosures that he's failed to pay his own child support. Because my father never paid child support, I know firsthand how devastating it can be on families. Joe Walsh should be ashamed.”


PRESS RELEASE: Catholics Applaud Diocese of Portland, Maine's Opposition to Anti-Union Legislation

Posted June 06, 2011

Catholics United thanks Church leaders for protecting the human dignity of workers by opposing LD309

Washington DC – Today, the Maine legislature announced plans to table LD309, anti-union legislation that would severely undermine the rights of workers to negotiate with their employers. By tabling this legislation, the legislature has effectively killed the possibility of this bill winning passage this year. This decision follows an announcement by the Diocese of Portland, Maine to publicly oppose this anti-union legislation.


PRESS RELEASE: Catholics Ask Archbishop Dolan: “What Anti-Poverty Programs Would Jesus Cut?”

Posted May 23, 2011

Catholics United asks Archbishop to defend the poor, not tax breaks for the wealthy

Washington DC - On May 18th, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, wrote a letter to Congressman Paul Ryan, a practicing Catholic and chairman of the budget committee of the House of Representatives, and commended Ryan for his attention to Catholic moral priorities. Catholics United acting executive director, James Salt, issued the follow statement in response to Dolan's letter:

“Archbishop Dolan's commendation of Rep. Paul Ryan shocks the conscience of all Catholics and people of faith who care about the poor and vulnerable. Rep. Ryan's budget makes unprecedented cuts to support services for the poor while maintaining a bloated defense budget and tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Given this, Catholics United asks Archbishop Dolan; 'Which of Paul Ryan's proposed cuts to anti-poverty programs does he actually find commendable?'


CATHOLICS UNITED UPDATE: Easter Season and Times of Change

Posted April 25, 2011

Easter marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. The long days of Lent are over and we now enter the fifty days of the Easter season. This liturgical season is marked by resurrection and new beginnings. Here at Catholics United, we’re also going through a process of new beginnings.

We founded Catholics United over four years ago because we were alarmed at the disastrous policies of the Bush administration and the willingness of certain Church leaders to prioritize socially divisive wedge issues at the expense of the poor and marginalized. And in only a few short years, our organization has become one of the largest networks of progressive Catholics in the country and we’ve made a significant impact on our nation’s moral values debate.

Starting this month, Catholics United co-founder Chris Korzen will be leaving Catholics United to lead a new state-based organizing project in Maine. Chris’s hard work and vision will be sorely missed by all of us at Catholics United. His work over the last several years has made CU what it is today. We thank Chris for his years of service to Catholics United.


PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Condemns NH House Majority Leader Bettencourt's Statement Demeaning Catholic Bishop, Demands Retraction

Posted April 01, 2011

Calls on New Hampshire elected leaders to distance themselves from his odious comments

Washington, DC - Yesterday, New Hampshire Republican Majority Leader Rep. D.J. Bettencourt demeaned Bishop McCormack, the Bishop of Manchester, suggesting on his Facebook page that the Bishop should be arrested for being a “pedophile pimp.” Bettencourt made the comment after Bishop McCormack publicly opposed proposed budget cuts that would adversely affect the poor and marginalized. Catholics United acting director James Salt issued the following statement in response to Rep. Bettencourt's comments:

“With his comments, Republican Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt has not only embarrassed himself, he's become an embarrassment to the entire state of New Hampshire. We call on all elected officials to denounce Rerpresentative Bettencourt's comments in the strongest terms possible. Religious bigotry should never be tolerated. We have a strong Catholic tradition of speaking out for the most vulnerable in our country. Bishop McCormack’s comments in support of New Hampshire’s poor and marginalized should be lauded, not attacked.”


PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Statement on Obama Administration's New Conscience Protection Rule

Posted February 18, 2011

Washington DC – Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to the Obama Administration's announcement of new regulations protecting the conscience rights of health providers and allowing patients to access the care they need.

“The Administration's new policy is the fruit of a genuine effort to strike a balance between the rights of patients and providers. President Obama believes health care workers should never be compelled to perform abortions, and the new regulations reflect this conviction. In replacing the earlier rule – which could allow caregivers to refuse to participate in even the most basic essential medical procedures – the president has also reinstated essential patient protections.”

“In addition, we welcome the new rule's education and enforcement provisions, and the Administration's decision to allow individual states to determine whether they wish to extend provider conscience protections to procedures other than abortion.”


PRESS RELEASE: Catholics Call on Wisconsin’s Elected Officials to Suspend Attacks on Workers

Posted February 17, 2011

Catholics United joins Milwaukee Archbishop in recognizing the importance of unions

Washington, DC - Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to the Wisconsin legislature's efforts to strip many state employees of their right to bargain collectively. According to Catholic doctrine, trade unions are an essential component of a fair economy, and all workers have the right to negotiate improvements in wages and working conditions.

“Catholics United is proud to stand in solidarity with the working people of Wisconsin in their struggle for dignity and justice. We urge the Wisconsin legislature to honor the contribution of the state's pubic service employees by voting 'NO' on this backward-thinking assault on the right to organize and bargain collectively.

We also offer our heartfelt thanks to Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki for publicly affirming the Catholic church's support for trade unionism.


PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Campaigns in Four Midwestern Congressional Districts to Encourage 'No' Vote on Health Care Repeal

Posted January 18, 2011

Washington, DC - The group Catholics United today called on Catholics in four congressional districts to contact their representatives and ask them to vote 'no' on a bill to repeal landmark health care reform legislation passed by Congress last year. The representatives – Steve Chabot (OH-1), Jim Renacci (OH-16), Bobby Schilling (IL-17), and Joe Walsh (IL-8) – are all Roman Catholics who defeated health care reform supporters in the November elections. Tomorrow, Republican leadership is expected to bring the repeal bill, H.R. 2, up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In addition to activating its local membership, Catholics United is placing 23,000 phone calls to Catholic voters in the districts. After listening to the recording, which reminds voters of health reform's important protections for children and seniors, listeners can be connected directly to the member's office to urge them to vote 'no' on repeal.


Catholics United Statement on the Tucson Shooting

Posted January 08, 2011

Washington, DC - Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others at a constituent meeting in Tucson:

“Catholics United was shocked to learn of today's attack in Tucson. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones. We are particularly saddened that a child is among those who lost their lives.”

“Violence like this has absolutely no place in our democratic process. We hope that today's events will only strengthen the American people's resolve to address our disagreements peacefully and civilly.”

“We thank Congresswoman Giffords for her courage and her service, and we wish her well in her recovery.”