Friday, July 11, 2008

Convention for the "Common Good"

Rich Leonardi posts on this weekend's so-called "Convention for the Common Good", and provides a very apt description of the convention's sponsor, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good:

... One of the co-sponsors is Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a group founded by advisors to John Kerry and Hillary Clinton whose main function is tell Catholics they may vote for pro-abortion politicians in good conscience.
The convention is drawing from 20 Catholic social justice organizations, such as the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Pax Christi USA, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and Franciscan Action Network.

They'll vote on a platform of issues, including peace, economic justice, universal health care, just and humane immigration reform, a consistent culture of life and environmental stewardship.

"I think we'll come away with a loud and clear message that will affirm a platform of the common good, that these are themes people across the country are concerned about both nationally and in Ohio," said Stephanie Beck Borden, Ohio coordinator for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, one of the co-sponsors of the convention.

Speakers include Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking"; John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO; and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr.

"Part of our goal is to say these issues aren't about party politics. They're about what's good for all of us," said John Gehring, senior writer for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

"Religion in public life has often been very narrow and partisan. We wanted to create a new witness for what faith can be in the public square," Gehring said. "It's not about single-issue politics or divisive wedge issues." ...
(emphasis and editorial commentary added)

My Comments:
"Single-issue politics or divisive wedge issues"?

Dale Price nicely sums up that particular sentiment, which is so prevalent in the agenda of these folks:

"We don't give a s--t about the unborn or marriage. Much, much less associating with the great unwashed who do care and thus embarrass us before our secular friends."
For more on Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and its executive director Alexia Kelley (and apologists for the group like Richard Gaillardetz), just peruse the extensive links to some of my previous posts on the subject below.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Bill Donohue: "How the Catholic Left Is Boxed in by Abortion"

I Missed the Seminar [UPDATED]

Deal Hudson: "Catholics Organize to Elect Barack Obama"

Democrat Front Group Posing as Catholic Org Calls for End to "Christmas Culture War"

Hilliary!'s "National Catholic Steering Committee"

Democrats Set Their Sights on Winning Back Catholics

Mark Shea in National Catholic Register: "Richard Rich Lives"

Edwards Blogger Flap Discomforts Religious Left

Mark Shea: "Whores for Edwards Swings into Action"

Catholics in Alliance Respond With Letter to Editor

Continue to Raise Our Voices on Issue of Voting

In January's Catholic Chronicle - "Vote Your Values" Revisited

Vote Your Values

"NOT An Approved Catholic Voter Guide"

What's Missing?

Toledo Blade: "Catholic Voting Guide Gives Church Perspective"

Weigel: "An Electoral Battle of the Booklets?"

More From Amy Welborn on the "Dueling Catholic Voter Guides"

Columnist: "Christian Right Driving Wedge Into U.S."

More on Catholic Voter Guides

Dueling Catholic Voter Guides

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At 7/11/2008 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good lord - you right wing Catholics love to bash the Alliance for one persons work with John Kerry, but so often fail to mention Deal Hudson's extensive work the the failed Bush administration. Tsk tsk tsk. What a double standard and how about the hypocrisy of it all. tsk tsk tsk.

At 7/11/2008 12:07 PM, Blogger Dale said...

At the risk of feeding the troll, who also made the same post at :

Do you have any comment on the actual goals of the convention in question, or are you just another anonymous yapper with an axe to grind at multiple blogs?

Oh, and is Deal Hudson convening any conventions on the same topic, telling people it's ok to vote for Republicans once "wedge issues" like torture are tossed aside? You see, that's what it would take to make it either "a double standard" or "hypocrisy," two simple concepts that elude your intellect.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

At 7/11/2008 12:23 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Brave Anonymous,

If you'd bother to read beyond your own personal biases regarding how you believe all conservatives think, and had actually read what I've written on the subject, you'd know that I have been extremely critical of Hudson's pro-McCain cheerleading.

Instead, you choose to make ASSumptions based on your own prejudices about how conservatives all think in lockstep.

And besides, Dale's right. When Hudson convenes a "convention" of Republican Catholics and glosses over key aspects of Catholic teaching, you can bet I'll call him on it. But it's too much to ask the uncritical Obama-lovers among Democrat Catholics to acknowledge the same about themselves.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.


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