Friday, May 27, 2011

Author of Anti-Boehner Letter Exposed as DemoCath Hack

As if we didn't know it already:
Washington D.C., May 27, 2011 / 06:08 am (CNA).- The lead author of a letter criticizing House Speaker John Boehner on “matters of faith and morals” says the letter was a bid for dialogue, not a political stunt. But Dr. Stephen Schneck's own critics say he promotes a distorted version of Catholic social teaching.

Professor Schneck, who directs the Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was the top signer of a letter protesting Boehner's May 14 commencement speech at the institution where Schneck works as a political scientist.


The signers charged the House Speaker, himself a Roman Catholic, with ignoring “the teachings of your Church on matters of faith and morals as they relate to governance.” They said the speaker's voting record was “at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings,” regarding the obligations of “those in power” toward the poor and vulnerable.

But this form of faith-based protest has opened up Schneck to criticism over his own approach to the Church's social teaching.


Professor Schneck is a member of the board of directors at Democrats for Life, an organization he describes as “fundamentally and wholly concerned with trying to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

He is also a board member of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. That organization has received funding from George Soros' Open Society Institute, which promotes abortion as a “reproductive right.”

Catholics in Alliance typically backs Democratic policies, presenting abortion as an issue that should be addressed by ending poverty. In 2009, Schneck joined a “Catholics for Sebelius” initiative, supporting an Obama nominee whose bishop told her not to receive Communion over her abortion record...

My Comments:
So, let me get this straight. Differences over matters of budgetary and fiscal policy at the federal level make Speaker Boehner persona non grata. But Kathleen Sebelius, whose abortion advocacy and history of cozying up to late-term abortionists is so extreme that her Bihsop has admonished her against receiving Communion, merits this hack's going to bat for her as a member of "Catholics for Sebelius".

That, alone, exposes the guy as a political hack, a two-bit liar, and a hypocrite, and his views on Catholic Social Teaching can be summarily ignored as far as I'm concerned.

JUST REMEMBER this rule of thumb: Allegedly "pro-life" Catholic Democrats are ALWAYS committed Democrats first and foremost. Their party and its political agenda trump their faith and their allegedly "pro-life" views EVERY TIME it is put to the test.

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At 5/27/2011 1:47 PM, Blogger Paul Zummo said...

This is one of the saddest things I have ever read. Dr. Schenck was a professor of mine at CUA and I always liked him. It was clear he leaned left but he always struck me as a professor who never let his biases affect his job. Learning that he was behind the anti-Boehner movement is really too bad.

And of course Kmiec used to be the Dean at the CUA Law School. For an institution that has so many strong, orthodox professors and leaders it's a shame it has to be associated with these guys.

At 5/28/2011 5:16 PM, Blogger Chris said...

And self-proclaimed "pro-life" Republicans are also Republicans first, not committed to the preservation and cultivation of human life in all its phases. To label the academics who (legitimately!) addressed Boehner's variance with Catholic Social teaching as "hacks" does a disservice to all Catholics. Your comments seemingly align Catholicism with the partisan agenda of the Republicans. EVERY TIME the allegedly Catholic Republicans are presented with a piece of legislation that attempts to address issues of poverty, health care, and the dignity of workers (including immigrants) they block it in favor of corporations.

At 5/29/2011 5:08 PM, Blogger Pro Ecclesia said...


You may very well be right about Republicans. But since I'm not a Republican, nor do I have any interest in aligning Catholic Social Teaching with the Republican agenda, quite honestly, your tu quoque means absolutely nothing to me. Next argument. (And try to see if you can actually make one that doesn't involve something like "Oh yeah, well you're worse." Increasingly, I'm beginning to believe that's impossible for both DemoCaths and RepubliCaths, but especially for DemoCaths.)

At 5/30/2011 8:24 AM, Blogger Phillip said...

"And self-proclaimed "pro-life" Republicans are also Republicans first, not committed to the preservation and cultivation of human life in all its phases."

And your proof for that that comes from the full understanding of Catholic Social teaching is...?


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