Yearly Archives: 2011
Last Friday night during his celebratory press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D, Catholic) said, “The legacy of this state is that we’re the progressive capital of this nation…That is the power and the beauty of New York. The other states look to New York for the progressive direction.”
Well on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly adopted the “Empire State of Mind” by voting to allow civil unions for same-sex couples while granting the right of religious institutions to ignore its provisions.
The passage of Rhode Island’s language has sent waves through the Ocean State. As Bill Cosby once said “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” (more…)
“We reached a new level of social justice this evening.” This remark from Gov. Andrew Cuomo after signing the same-sex marriage bill in New York state should alarm Catholics everywhere and Catholic bishops in particular. “Social justice” is the phrase under which many Catholics, as well as the Bishops’ Conference, engage in politics, particularly in support of civil rights and care for the poor and immigrants.
Gov. Cuomo, of course, is a Catholic, the son of a famous father Gov. Mario Cuomo who led the state of New York from 1983 to 1984. Mario Cuomo had a public duel with the late Cardinal O’Connor over abortion resulting in Cuomo’s landmark speech at Notre Dame in 1984. Cuomo argued that his belief in the Church’s teaching on abortion did not require that he support legislation in favor of that belief within a pluralistic society. Cuomo’s exact words were these:
“The values derived from religious belief will not — and should not — be accepted as part of the public morality unless they are shared by the pluralistic community at large, by consensus.” (more…)
The [Southern] Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) met June 16-18, 2011, in New Orleans. The RLC meets annually and is the largest gathering of Republicans apart from the national Republican Convention held every four years. Catholic Advocate was invited to be a sponsor at the event and Deal W. Hudson, Catholic Advocate President, spoke on social issues during a panel hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List.
Over 2000 attendees listened to speakers including presidential hopefuls, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Herman Cain. Both Catholic candidates, Santorum and Gingrich, were received warmly and enthusiastically by those attending the conference. Also speaking on Friday afternoon was the Catholic Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal and Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi. (more…)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), a Catholic, submitted the Marriage Equality Act on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the State of New York.
In a written statement announcing the bill, Governor Cuomo said:
“For too long, same-sex couples have been denied the freedom to marry, as well as hundreds of rights that other New Yorkers take for granted. Marriage Equality is a matter of fairness and legal security for thousands of families in this state – not of religion or culture. When it comes to fighting for what’s right, New Yorkers wrote the book, and Marriage Equality is the next chapter of our civil rights story.”
Now today, Archbishop Timothy Dolan published a succinct commentary on “The True Meaning of Marriage.”
“But, please, not here! Our country’s founding principles speak of rights given by God, not invented by government, and certain noble values – life, home, family, marriage, children, faith – that are protected, not re-defined, by a state presuming omnipotence.”
Catholic Advocate was invited by the Faith & Freedom Coalition to host a panel on the Catholic vote at their Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing held June 3-4 in Washington, D.C. In addition to the panel, Catholic Advocate hosted a Mass on Saturday morning celebrated by Rev. William Gurnee of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and arranged for Rev. Jerry Pokorsky, pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Annandale, VA to offer the blessing at the banquet on Saturday evening.
Catholic News Agency has run several stories on our panel, the latest is linked below. What was not covered in the story was the reaction of conference attendees who immediately expressed their agreement with the main point of the presentation — that Catholics are increasingly frustrated with a lack of leadership on life and marriage issues.
Catholic Advocate is being told by Catholic voters that the 2012 election will be the most important election of their lives. As Deal Hudson said in the panel discussion, Catholics will be as interested in the “worldview” of the candidates as they are in their positions on particular issues. Positions taken by politicians on life, marriage, and family issues reveal much of what they believe about the purpose of life and its relationship to the Creator.
Catholics will be looking for candidates, both presidential and congressional, whose worldview has not been skewered by the radical and academic ideologies of the past forty years. The effort of the present administration, and its supporters in Congress, to create federal funding for abortion, to give up on the Defense of Marriage Act, to quash private industry through unnecessary regulation and oversight, all reflect a worldview out of sync with the average American and, especially, religiously active Catholics.
Catholics should lead political defense of life and marriage, panel says
Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2011 / 03:05 am (CNA).- A panel discussion at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference and Strategy Briefing discussed Catholic action in defense of life and marriage ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Speakers urged Catholics to take leadership on these issues and to participate in the political process.
“Many Catholics are frustrated by what they perceive as a lack of intensity in Catholic leaders about the issue of abortion and same-sex marriage,” panelist Deal Hudson, president of Catholic Advocate, told attendees. “Some faithful Catholics become confused about the priority they give to life and marriage when they see so much energy being spent on other issues like immigration and universal health care.”
This “lack of leadership” on issues of life and marriage causes Catholics to join political groups that have no Catholic affiliation. However, this creates a vacuum in the Church which benefits a truncated idea of social justice “that has distanced itself from the protection of the most vulnerable among us, the unborn,” Hudson said.
The Faith & Freedom Coalition event took place June 3-4 in Washington, D.C.
To read the rest of the article, please click here.
The Indiana General Assembly passed state-level legislation during their last session similar to Rep. Mike Pence’s effort on the federal level to de-fund tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Then this afternoon, the Obama Administration sent a letter to the State of Indiana stating they have denied approval of Indiana’s State Medicaid plan which prohibits state and federal funds administered by the state from going to entities that perform abortions or maintain or operate facilities where abortions are performed, except for hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers.
Such a move by the federal government today against Indiana might shift this fight into the courts. Stay tuned…
Here is how the news was reported by the Associated Press: (more…)
Clay Waters at Times Watch has posted another instance of the New York Times opining about what makes a good Catholic and, of course, getting it wrong again.
In this case, the New York Times describes Democrat Kathy Hochul, the recent winner of special election in New York’s 26th Congressional District. Here the description of Rep.-elect Hochul who supports Roe v. Wade, was endorsed by the National Organization for Women and the pro-abortion EMILY’s List, and would not vote to repeal health care reform in spite of its abortion funding:
“Ms. Hochul, 52, startled the national political establishment last week, capturing a Congressional seat that had been in Republican hands for 40 years. But those who know her say it was her upbringing — in a modest, devoutly Roman Catholic, service-minded family – that made her instantly able to understand the unease among economically anxious voters over a Republican plan to overhaul Medicare.”
It’s both tragic and sad that “those who know her” credit her Catholic upbringing for Hochul’s unwillingness to challenge the abortion funding in Obamacare. Nothing ought to be more fundamental to her Catholic “upbringing” than a concern for those most vulnerable among us, the unborn.
As New York Time’s reporter Raymond Hernandez knows, I am sure, he is pumping up the Catholic credentials of a member of Congress who is openly dissenting from the teaching of her Church. When the New York Times and other mainstream media stop publishing this kind of partisan reporting they may see their audience begin to return.
By Deal Hudson, President of Catholic Advocate
Medicare must be changed if the program is to survive. Leaving the program on its current trajectory would expose seniors to rationed and restricted care while the reforms that House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is proposing would actually save and preserve Medicare.
Nonetheless, those who are demagoguing the issue for political gain are pretending that they are going to protect Medicare from any change. But this denies that under the president’s policies; 1) $575 billion will be taken out of Medicare to pay for two new ObamaCare entitlement programs; 2) President Obama gives unprecedented power to an unelected, unaccountable panel of bureaucrats whose sole job is to cut payments for medical care. (more…)
In this morning’s Washington Post, Ed Gillespie, former counselor to President George W. Bush and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, pinpoints the confusion deliberately spread among Catholics by pundits like E.J. Dionne — that the only acceptable way to help the poor is to assume from the outset they do not want most of all the opportunity to take care of themselves. That takes education, strong families and real jobs, all of which Speaker Boehner has supported throughout his years in Congress. Yes, there should always be a ‘safety net’ for those in poverty but care should be taken that net is not viewed as the best help our nation can provide those in need.
In the Op-Ed, Gillespie writes:
“Liberal critics often discount both the role of charity in helping meet the needs of the poor (and public opinion and behavioral research consistently show that self-identified conservatives donate a higher percentage of their income to charity than do self-identified liberals), and the importance of local and state programs. Subsidiarity is an important tenet of the Catholic Church, which is the belief that, as John Paul II said, “a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.” In the realm of political debate, conservatives apply this as federalism.”
Click here to read Ed Gillespie’s full Op-Ed published May 27, 2011 in The Washington Post