Catholics United Members Call on Speaker Boehner to support the Vatican backed Financial Transaction Tax Bill

Posted November 18, 2011

Congress is considering drastic cuts to programs that serve the poor and vulnerable. And at a time when so many Americans are financially hurting, big Wall Street firms make billions of dollars a year simply by gambling on the market. Ordinary Americans are being asked to make a great sacrifice. Now it's time to ask Wall Street to pay its fair share.

The Financial Transaction Tax -as outlined in HR 3313- will levy a modest .03% tax on all financial transactions and will mostly affect the wealthiest corporations that wager millions of dollars a day on the market. This tax will help guarantee that Wall Street banks share in the sacrifice that so many American families are being asked to make.

And Catholics United members are not the only ones supporting this idea. This past month, the Vatican issued a statement in support of financial transaction taxes as a way to ensure that the financial industry better serve the common good. So to help make our point clear, we're asking the Speaker of the House and fellow Catholic, John Boehner, to heed the advice of the Vatican and support this much needed source of revenue.


Vatican Calls for Radical Restructuring of Financial Regulatory Authority

Posted October 24, 2011

Letter underscores the need for a new global regulatory regime that can better serve the common good.

Washington, DC – Catholics United executive director, James Salt, issued the following statement today in response to the Vatican's call for dramatic reform of the world's financial system:

“Catholics United is encouraged by today's statement from the Vatican which calls for greater solidarity in the world's financial regulatory system. The Vatican rightly points out that the current global economic system lacks sufficient safeguards for the common good and calls for greater taxation of financial transactions. This analysis reflects a radical critique of existing financial norms. At a time when income disparity is at an all time high, we call on bishops from across the United States to seriously examine this letter and issue similar statements.”

Unofficial Translation of the Vatican Statement on Financial Regulatory Reform


Catholics United Occupies Wall Street

Posted October 14, 2011

I want to share with you a fun project that Catholics United was part of this past weekend in New York City.

For the past few weeks, Americans from across the spectrum have been gathering on Wall Street to protest corporate greed. These protests are now spreading across the country and the world is starting to pay attention.

Catholics United staff members were so inspired by these protests that we decided to join the conversation. Working in tandem with our friends at Faith in Public Life and Judson Memorial Church in New York City, we constructed a giant 'Golden Calf' in the shape of the Wall Street bull. The ‘Golden Calf’ refers to the story in the bible when, in Moses’ absence, the Israelites lost sight of God and began worshiping a false idol. We believe that today, too many Americans worship the false idols of greed and selfishness while others simply struggle to make ends meet.


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.”