Your Eyes on Catholics in Congress
By Brenda Steele
We at Catholic Advocate were asked by RealCatholicTV to come up with a slogan for our website; one that would indicate what we are about. Well, we came up with “Your Eyes on Catholics in Congress” thinking that was a pretty good moniker.
However, upon reflection, I’ve been wondering if, by choosing this slogan, we haven’t sold ourselves short. Catholic Advocate is so much more than a watchdog for the Catholic members of Congress.
True, we began early to tell our community about the hidden, federally funded abortion language embedded in the health care reform legislation the Obama administration was trying to push through. And we never let up. We repeatedly warned you against fake Catholic organizations like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) supporting these health care reform measures.
Catholic Advocate stood behind pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak as he pushed for a vote on the Stupak-Pitts amendment in the House, and celebrated his victory when Republicans stood alongside him to pass the amendment. The USCCB was applauded on our website for their efforts to support Stupak, on the diocesan level all across the nation, to stop the health care reforms’ federal funding of abortion.
We thought we had a friend in Ben Nelson, and wrote about his attempts to have the Nelson-Hatch amendment to stop this federal funding passed in the Senate. Once Nelson caved into pressure and was “bought off” by the Obama administration we were quick to let our community know of his “compromise.”
Even though Scott Brown is not a Catholic nor particularly pro-life (though he is staunchly pro-marriage) Catholic Advocate underscored the importance of a win for him in the Massachusetts Senate race and what it would mean to passage of the health care reform bill.
So, we wrote about Brown, and we told you that his one vote would stop this travesty of a health care bill from moving forward and becoming legislation. He did win, as you know, and his victory was a victory for all pro-lifers, whether this was his intention or not.
Most recently our efforts have been focused on the USCCB and its Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Catholic Advocate, along with a coalition of other Catholic pro-life organizations, has requested the USCCB suspend their grants process. It has been discovered that 31 organizations promoting abortion and same-sex marriage have received money from grants issued by the CCHD. We, along with Reform CCHD Now want the bishops’ conference to initiate a complete overhaul of the way in which grants are awarded to those submitting requests.
As a first public event, on the night of President Obama’s State of the Union speech, we hosted a live blog session that attracted nearly 500 participants — the conversation was lively, and a bit irreverent, but you can decide for yourself by reading the thread here.
Thus, as I remarked earlier, Catholic Advocate has “more” than “eyes on Catholics in Congress.”