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Posted January 06, 2011
More than 550 Local Members Publicly Stand behind Institution's Catholic Mission
Phoenix, AZ – Today, local members of the national group Catholics United delivered a letter to the administration of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center expressing support for the institution's Catholic mission and identity. More than 550 Catholics United members from Arizona signed the letter in the wake of Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted’s recent decision to strip the hospital of its Catholic credentials. The delegation also delivered a copy of the letter to Bishop Olmsted's office at the Diocese of Phoenix.
Posted December 23, 2010
Press Release Seeks to Politicize Phoenix Catholic Hospital Flap
Washington, DC – Catholic League president Bill Donohue – a “culture warrior” backed by the leader of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – weighed in today on Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted's decision to revoke the Catholic credentials of a local hospital. The bishop accused the hospital of performing a direct abortion procedure in November 2009, despite the fact that his own inquiry found that the hospital did not violate Catholic medical ethics standards. The hospital also has the support of the Catholic Health Association, the U.S. Catholic community's foremost health care authority.
In a press release entitled “The War on Catholic Hospitals,” Donohue repeats the bogus abortion charge and calls Olmsted a “hero.” He then uses the Phoenix incident as an excuse to attack the Obama Administration, even though the president has had absolutely nothing to say about the matter.
Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement in response:
Posted December 23, 2010
Call on Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmstead to Reverse Revocation of Hospital’s Catholic Identity
Washington, DC – Catholics United today offered its wholehearted support for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which was stripped of its Catholic identity by Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmstead this week. The bishop's decision stemmed from an incident in November 2009 in which hospital administrators performed a life-saving procedure on a pregnant patient which resulted in the death of the fetus.
Posted December 20, 2010
Catholic League President William Donohue Receives $399,156 in Annual Compensation; Organization Holds $26 Million in Assets
Washington, DC – Controversial Catholic League president William Donohue – whose work has now gained the support of the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – earned a salary of $342,500 in 2009, with an additional $56,656 in fringe benefits. According to annual IRS Form 990 filings, the organization spent more than $2.6 million in 2009, despite the fact that its program work constitutes little more than the issuing of inflammatory press releases.
Posted December 17, 2010
Catholics United Calls on USCCB President Archbishop Timothy Dolan to Retract Defense of William Donohue and the Catholic League
Catholics United today called on its 45,000 members to ask New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), to retract recent comments supporting the Catholic League and its controversial and polarizing president William Donohue. The move comes as Donohue steps up his annual effort to use the Christmas holiday as a cultural wedge issue.
On Thursday, Dolan authored a blog post on the New York archdiocesan web site expressing support for the Catholic League's recent campaign against a privately funded art exhibit at the Smithsonian. In the post, Dolan writes,
No one should doubt the high value and necessity of [William Donohue's] efforts, or dismiss him in crude terms. Even the recent high-volume critiques of his stand on this controversy exhibit nasty anti-catholic canards. Keep at it, Bill! We need you!
Posted December 02, 2010
Successfully manufactures controversy in time for end-of-year fundraising efforts
Catholics United Communications Director, James Salt, issued the following statement in response to the Catholic League’s criticism of the David Wojnarowicz exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. On Wednesday, December 1st, the director of the portrait gallery removed the artwork at the center of the Catholic League’s attacks.
“Just in time for his end-of-the-year fundraising efforts, Bill Donohue and the Catholic League have once again manufactured a controversy for their never-ending culture war. During this season of Advent, most Catholics and people of faith are concerned about the sluggish economy and how it affects our families, not Bill Donohue’s crusade against art. If Bill Donohue were truly interested in following Jesus, he’d drop this culture-war shtick and do something more productive for those less fortunate than himself.”
Posted November 15, 2010
Catholics United Calls on Church Leadership to Recommit to Social Justice Principles at Annual Meeting
As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gathered for its annual meeting in Baltimore Monday, Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement:
“The USCCB's meeting comes at a time of unprecedented political engagement on the part of many individual bishops, whose collective efforts have served to bolster the conservative movement's attempts to undermine the Obama Administration's social and economic agenda. Many bishops will be tempted to celebrate recent election results as a victory for Catholic values. We hope many more will recognize the danger now posed to our church's teaching on social justice and the common good.
“For those Bishops committed to the church's teachings on social justice, we ask that they vocally oppose repeal of health care reform, erosion of the social safety net, demonization of government, and free market idolatry.”
PRESS RELEASE: Federal Court Won’t Halt Inquiry into False Claims by Extremist Susan B. Anthony List
Posted October 26, 2010
SBA List Could be Penalized for Ad Campaign Intentionally Misleading Voters About Health Reform Law
Cincinnati, OH – A federal judge ruled today that the Susan B. Anthony List will have to answer to the Ohio Elections Commission for its advertisements making blatantly false claims on abortion. The Susan B. Anthony List had attempted to run misleading billboard ads in a number of highly contested congressional districts.
“This is good news for all Americans because everyone, regardless of political party, should be able to make decisions about voting based on the reality of a candidate’s record, not on which party or candidate can afford to spread more lies,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United.
PRESS RELEASE: Erie-Area Religious and Community Leaders Call on Susan B. Anthony List to Suspend False Election Ads
Posted October 21, 2010
Erie, PA – Fifty-four religious and community leaders - including nuns, priests, ministers, and business owners - released a statement today calling on the self-described pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List to end its deceptive advertising campaign against Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03). SBA List is currently running billboard and radio ads in Erie County which inaccurately claim that Dahlkemper allowed taxpayer funding of abortion by voting for the health care reform act earlier this year. Multiple independent analyses and media fact-checks have shown this claim to be untrue.
The Susan B. Anthony List is at the center of a legal dispute in neighboring Ohio over whether an identical ad campaign aimed at Rep. Steve Driehaus (OH-01) violated a state law prohibiting false electioneering claims. Earlier this month, the Ohio Elections Commission found probable cause that SBA List had acted illegally. An investigation is pending.
Posted October 18, 2010
Group Sues in Federal Court to Block Ohio Commission’s Investigation of False Ad Campaign
Washington, DC – The self-described pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List today asked a federal judge to overturn an Ohio law requiring truth in political advertising. Last week, the Ohio Elections Commission found probable cause that the organization violated the law in asserting that Rep. Steve Driehaus (OH-01) voted for taxpayer funding of abortion. Now, SBA List is seeking to block legal efforts to discover whether it and other organizations knew they were making false statements in order to influence the November elections.
Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to Susan B. Anthony List’s new legal challenge:
“The Susan B. Anthony List has argued all along that the health care reform act allows federal funding of abortion. If this is true, the group should welcome the opportunity to defend its claims. SBA List's attempt to use the federal courts to strike down an Ohio state law requiring truth in political advertising speaks volumes about its lack of confidence that the facts are on its side.”
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