Thursday, February 08, 2007

Mark Shea: "Whores for Edwards Swings into Action"

Mark Shea has posted at his blog a communique that he received from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which is little more than a Democrat front group designed to convince Catholics to vote for Democrats by ignoring the Democrats' dreadful record on life issues (not to mention ignoring the blatant anti-Christian attitudes present among their ranks):

I saw that you've been covering this story; and wanted to give you a different perspective on it than you've seen from some other Catholic groups. While we certainly find some of the writings of those junior staffers repulsive, I think most Catholics have a different take on this. Happy to talk.

For Immediate Release

February 8, 2007

Andrew Jones

Washington, D.C. - Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Executive Director Alexia Kelley issued the following statement today in response to the controversy over the John Edwards campaign's hiring of netroots consultants who had made insensitive remarks regarding Catholicism:

"Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good condemns these and all religiously intolerant remarks. We accept Senator Edwards' assurances that he too was offended by comments made by recently-hired staffers and that religious intolerance has no place in his campaign. Catholics comprise more than one quarter of the U.S. public, and neither John Edwards nor any other candidate can afford to take this constituency for granted."

"We hope this unfortunate incident will initiate a deeper conversation on the part of all presidential candidates regarding the broad range of issues and values of primary importance to the Catholic community, including the Iraq War, a concern for the poor, human life and dignity, the availability of health care, and a commitment to the common good."


About Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good engages Catholics, the media, and Americans of all faiths in dialogue about the Catholic social tradition and its core values of justice, human dignity, and the common good. Through communications, grassroots outreach, and strategic coordination, Catholics in Alliance supports Catholic organizations that work to advance the call to faithful citizenship and the common good. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with offices in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. For more information, visit
(emphasis added)

Says Mark:
"Meanwhile, memorize the name: Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is the first organization of Catholics to prostitute their faith completely in this election cycle for the sake of blow-dried ambulance chaser. It profits a man nothing to gain the whole *world* and lose his own soul. But for *Edwards*?"

My Comments:
Note the name I have highlighted in the press release from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Alexia Kelley.

It seems that Kelley has something of a stake in rehabilitating Edwards and his anti-Catholic blogging buddies. You see, Kelley served as a "Director of Religious Outreach" to the Kerry/Edwards campaign in 2004, launching a website called

I wonder how much of the staff from (besides Kelley) currently works for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good?

Amy Welborn got one, too. I wonder if I should feel offended that CACG didn't see fit to send me one, as well.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
"NOT An Approved Catholic Voter Guide"

What's Missing?

Toledo Blade: "Catholic Voting Guide Gives Church Perspective"

Dueling Catholic Voter Guides

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At 2/08/2007 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't get one? Even I got one. Of course I've gotten a few pieces of CACG spam before. I had already had them remove me from their mailing list twice, but apparently I keep getting re-subscribed somehow (or else they never unsubscribed me and have infrequent mailings).

At 2/08/2007 9:40 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I think after my letter to the editor of the Catholic Chronicle attacking CACG, I'm pretty much persona non grata.

After that letter, I had several of what I am assuming are their minions anonymously posting their rebuttals here.

I'm not so full of myself as to believe any of them have been reading this blog, but I have been pretty relentlessly attacking CACG ever since they issued their bogus voter guide. In the event they are aware of what I've been posting, maybe they figured it wasn't worth their time to send me anything.

Or, maybe they've never heard of me or this blog.


At 2/08/2007 11:30 PM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

I remember a couple of months ago being sad to hear CACG being interviewed on Vatican Radio.

Though Mark is wrong about them just making excuses for the blow-dried ambulance chaser. They will be busy excusing the whole of them.

At 2/09/2007 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Jay and Jeff - what makes you you so much more qualified to comment on Catholic Teaching over the Catholic Alliance. Jay - if you did your research - you would know that Alexia Kelley only worked for the DNC for 5 weeks. Everybody agrees they need religion - right? She also worked for the Bishops at USCCB and CCHD. She has a master in divinty. She also has a book published on Catholic Teaching.

Your qualifications?

It is simply just not Catholic to attack CACG as you suggest. Not sure about Minions posting rebutttals - but they do have very robust field program and it is strong in your diocese of Toledo and involves many Parish Priests and employees of the Diocese. There are even many State Catholic Conferences that use their voter guide as a resource.

So don't be so bitter - they are not angry with you - and you are most likely right - they are not watching your blog - but I am.

And thanks for taking the posts and track backs - at least you have the courage - Unlike Jeff the Jester - who we are watching as well - with great interest.


At 2/10/2007 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, so we lowly mortals without theology degrees are not fit to criticize CAGC? Puh-leeze. It's like attacking Catholics who rightly criticized the horrific pro-abortion priest Fr. Drinan: an example of the phony respect for authority and phony clericalism of the Left. It makes me gag every time.

At 2/10/2007 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On this Mark Shea post, Even Morning's Minion can't defend Edwards standing behind these woman and is mystified that CACG is standing behind Edwards. If its too Demo-whory for Morning's Minion, you know that CACG is really whoring it up. If anyone had any doubts that CACG was a Democratic front, this settles it.

At 2/11/2007 11:09 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

"... it is strong in your diocese of Toledo and involves many Parish Priests and employees of the Diocese ..."

Well, I'll be sure and write a letter to Bishop Blair about that. I'm sure he'd want to know that a group that is so vigorously defending anti-Catholics is also so active in his chancery.

At 2/11/2007 11:12 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

And like Anonymous said, if even Morning's Minion - who is a pro-Edwards Democrat sycophant if ever there was one - can't defend Edwards over this and seems mystified by CACG's efforts to do so, then that really DOES expose CACG as little more than a Democrat front group.

At 2/17/2007 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As opposed to you, Shea and Donohue being a front for the Republican party? What is the difference?


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