July 21st, 2010
04:09 PM ET

Liberal Catholics aim to raise $500,000 for Congress fights

Catholics United aims to raise $500,000 to support congressional candidates who backed health care reform, the liberal-leaning Catholic advocacy group announced Wednesday.

It's planning to pour money into four races in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia to start, and it hopes to widen its efforts as November's elections approach.

The group will defend Democratic Reps. John Boccieri of Ohio, Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Tom Perriello of Virginia.

The executive director of Catholics United accused "many political operatives" of "dishonesty" in their attacks on candidates they oppose.

"These groups are engaging in scare tactics and misusing the language of faith to score cheap political points and lead voters astray," Chris Korzen said in a statement announcing the "Set the Record Straight" campaign.

The health care reform debate was deeply divisive for Catholics, with some saying it would lead to government funding of abortion and others denying it. Catholic supporters of health care reform portrayed the bill as an issue of social justice.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops fought the plan, which was backed by President Obama, while a large group of nuns endorsed the reform as the vote came down to the wire.

The bill passed.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. icon design

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    September 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  2. Toby

    Any organization that denounces condoms in Africa, bans contraception even among its poorest adherents, and harbors and protects an organization of child-raping clergy is not, in my humble opinion, rooted in morality or a clear understanding of human suffering or compassion. The RCC is dying; we see by their numbers that the only increase to membership is actually in Africa, suggesting that more and more people are waking up from these delusions and embracing critical thought, reason, and humanism in their lives. This is encouraging for civilization.

    July 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
    • BCP

      Your points are valid,but the views are only espoused by the current ultra conservative pope, not the average Catholic. Many people go to Church and have a relationship with god apart from the dogma. I have written to the pope on many occasions on the idiocy of saying condoms do not protect against HIV, The child molestation cover ups are disgusting...but this church is 2000 years old and still can redeem itself and become relevant again. But it better do so in short order or they will lose their flock. Do not dare impune the lay people of the Catholic church with the dogma of their leaders....here is a perfect example of people seeing beyond the dogma to the real teachings of Christ...and that is the important part that the church still teaches if you listen to the important parts only.....the parables...

      July 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      This is 2010 not the 1500’s all over again, is it not?

      So you think that those who ‘see beyond the dogma’ are living their amazing Catholic faith? I see another break-away coming…

      So what are the important parts to you [as you call them]…..those parts where you ‘pick and choose’ the verses of the Bible you want to keep and skip over the ones that don’t suit your life style....I see you like the parables; is that all?

      Do you skip over the verses that tell how Jesus Christ founded His Church on Peter the first Pope? What about the verses that tell about the office of the Apostles which are to be filled when vacated; disciples, by the laying on of hands, can be SENT out to Baptize all nations and teach everyone what Jesus taught them--aren’t they verses you love?

      What about the verse that tells us that the Church is the pillar and foundation of Truth….isn’t that close to your heart? And how the Church is the Bride of Christ and He only has ONE Bride which is without stain or wrinkle or any such thing….you have to love those verses.

      To break-away and leave parts of the dogma behind is exactly what happened in the 1500’s and where has that taken man? Each wants to be his own Pope….

      I could go on and on but probably an ‘average’ Catholic wouldn’t understand or care to know….

      July 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
    • Eric G

      @CatholicMom, Hello! I hope you are having a nice weekend. I have a question about the dogma of the church. Your post gives the impression that you believe everything in the bible because it is "in the bible". Does the catholic church provide their own interpretation of the bible, or do they believe that everything in the bible is factual truth?

      July 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Eric G,
      When Jesus said He was SENDING the Apostles out into the world to uphold and teach all that He had taught them He did it with the power that came from the Father…for just as the Father had SENT Jesus so this was how He was SENDING the Apostles…. with power and Authority. He passed this on to the Apostles and their successors.

      He also promised to send the Paraclete [Holy Spirit] to guide and guard the Church. The Authority to teach what Jesus had taught [called Tradition] along with interpreting the Bible which the Church compiled from all the Books that were written, and declared which were the inspired Words of God, guided by the Holy Spirit. The Church is the pillar and foundation of Truth. Jesus Christ promised that His Church will prevail against evil, and His Word on that has not faltered in the least.

      You may say, ‘What about all the scandal in the Church?’ Jesus said that there would always be scandal because people sin. But what seems to be the hard part for people to understand–is–when people sin it is not the Church that is sinning. Each individual sinner is the sinner--the Church is like a hospital where the sinner can go to heal. By the grace of God which the Church dispenses through the Sacraments, we are made strong and because we have this grace we are better able to combat sin and evil. We can lose this grace by gravely sinning but the Church always welcomes sinners who are truly repentant.

      Does this explanation offer how we learn what the Bible is telling us? We can interpret the Bible as we read but if we come to a 'stumbling block' we can compare our thoughts with what the Church teaches; the Church does not teach that each word should be interpreted by itself but in context first to surrounding verses then with the whole Book, then with the whole Bible. Reading any other way can lead to error.

      Thank you for asking….

      July 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  3. Mary

    SHAME on the Catholics... trying affect politics.

    July 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  4. Emily Turner

    CatholicMom it's a complete shame that you are promoting and reinforcing the gross, perverted misconception about Catholics under the ruse of protecting the Church. Others out there curious about liberal Catholicism: do not fall for this perverted distortion of an amazing faith.

    July 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      You are saying you are 'Liberal Catholic'? So are you going to Mass, recieving Holy Communion, and denouncing the Pope and the Magisterium and other doctrines of the Catholic Church?

      July 24, 2010 at 1:27 am |
    • CatholicMom

      To those ‘curious’ about ‘liberal Catholics’, as Emily put it, just read your Catholic Bible, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and then decide if you want to stay faithful to our ‘amazing faith’ [as Emily put it] and which it is, or go down that wide path, hand in hand with Emily, promoting gross, perverted concepts that detract from Truth?

      July 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  5. Kathleen777

    Keep going CatholicMom! We love you.

    By the way, and when are the Democrats going to put a real woman on the Supreme Court– one that understanding Truth and Justice, families, children, and marriage? An underrepresented and discriminated against minority!

    July 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • Paul

      You sound just like my high school religion teacher. She believed in enforced gender roles, and from your post it sounds like you do. The only true women are the ones that act the way you want them to? And you say you want justice?

      July 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  6. nachooooo libre

    def . Liberal Catholic = "catholic believers that don't necessarily suscribe to the authority of the pope, dont necessarily subscribe to confessions with a priest..... but still supports an organization that harbors pedaphiles.... they arealmost intelligent"

    July 22, 2010 at 7:58 am |
    • CatholicMom

      nachooooo libre,

      Eventually they will break away and form themselves into yet another schismatic group....threatening to not 'be' Catholic anymore if the Church doesn't keep up with their ideas of Truth....while all along they are not Catholic anyway if they 'are' as you say, OR they will come to their senses.

      The Church is always open and inviting sinners back; we need the grace of God to make right judgments.

      July 22, 2010 at 11:27 am |
    • nachooooo libre

      is the "Church" only catholic?

      July 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
    • Toby

      Well put, nach!

      July 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      nachooooo libre,
      Yes, the Church that Jesus Christ founded is Catholic. That does not mean Catholics who pick and choose the ‘parts’ they like and the other parts of dogma, well, they think they can live without.
      Anyone who has a favorite recipe knows that leaving out any ingredients will jeopardize the final result. So if a person leaves out some necessary parts of Catholicism which is their recipe to achieve their greatest hope….happiness forever….life-everlasting…..in Heaven with God….why should they expect optimum results with their end result?

      July 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  7. Nite Shayde

    Wait, who cares about the story I'm more interested in this "liberal Catholic" thing. That is the best oxymoron EVER.

    July 22, 2010 at 2:25 am |
    • peace2all

      @Nite Shayde..

      As you can see from my post above yours, I am as equally interested in this ..."liberal catholic" thing.. If you get some idea of what that just might mean in some possible area of reality.... Pass on the info... please...

      July 22, 2010 at 2:44 am |
    • CatholicMom

      What it means is they really aren't Catholic.....there have been those who oppose the Catholic Church at every level and it has been like that all along.....they insist on calling themselves 'Catholic' because they know it is the Church that Jesus Christ founded but they want to constantly reform it [deform it]; they want the Church to say that abortion is okay and our government should use tax dollars to fund these murders even though they should know that Truth never changes….and so on goes the protesting…….

      July 22, 2010 at 7:56 am |
    • peace2all


      Hello CM..! So, what you are saying is that ... any reform or changes to keep pace with a modern society that may be for the good, which is different from the old catholic ways = non catholic...?

      While in fact the 'truth' does change undeniably in RCC as deemed by announcements from the pope

      July 22, 2010 at 11:01 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Nothing can change the Truth; it can only be more fully understood.

      July 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
    • David Johnson


      I am very grateful that this group has raised money and will support the Democrats in the coming elections. The Republicans are racist. Sharron Angle wants to abolish social security and medicade. Rand Paul would allow businesses to refuse service to non-whites. The food stamp program would be cut back. But, the tax cuts for the rich would not be touched. The Republican Party is the party of rich, white men. Catholics support this??

      These Republican changes, represent a lot of pain for the poor and middle class. The Republicans refused to extend out of work benefits for 2.5 million people.

      What do you think Jesus would think about these issues?

      I want Roe Vs. Wade to stand for 1000 years. We need the stem cells.

      Teach young people about birth control to lessen the need for abortions. Woman's Body. Woman's Choice.

      July 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
    • nachooooo libre

      re cm .. about the truth being more fully understood.... kinda like the pope clarifying that its just as bad to molest a special needs kid as a normal one......

      July 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
    • peace2all


      Hi CM....

      So, "the TRUTH can only be more fully understood"

      So, it can only be more fully understood. You are aware that you have just opened the door for 'everyone' to more deeply and more fully understand the truth, which implies that by more fully understanding it, some of it....understanding may change the way people perceive said truth, and may change their actions.

      Again, even your popes have continually been changing their 'understanding' over time....

      So, are one who believes.. only the pope has full understanding of the TRUTH....?


      July 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • Reality


      Once again, CatholicMom, And what truth might that be? That there were/are no resurrections, no ascension, no assumption, no blood sacrifices, no atonement theology, no original sin, no omniscient gods, no Abraham, no Moses, no Noah, no Job, no Exodus, no Jericho walls and of course no angels ( no Gabriel, Michael, or Moroni) or satans??? Not much left to religion after all of these truths!!!!

      July 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
    • BCP

      What it means is that Catholics are following the teachings of Christ rather than the dogma of the church, and thus following the essence of their faith. Republicans only care about the rich and blame the poor and those without health care for their plight...any real christian knows Jesus would be on the side of health care for all and totally against the hateful Christian Right espoused by the likes of Glenn Beck, Pat Robertson, and the late Jerry Falwell......beware False Prophets! And where the hell does Glenn Beck get off telling people if their christian church espouses SOCiAL JUSTICE its a communist church? Jesus said its "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to heaven"-hmm, Glenn sounds like those Bush Tax cuts you support are gonna keep you out of the Kingdom of Heaven...as for me I am a Buddhist even though I go to Catholic Church....but the best thing is regardless Christ or Karma will catch up with the evil that do not care about their fellow man. "Whatsoever you do for the least of my people, that you do unto me"-Jesus Christ..Pretty clear aint it religious right...and what about "DIE of AIDS GAYS" another nice slogan of the religious right...hmm Jesus would clearly be parroting that one hey? Rev. Haggard, Rev. Falwell,, Ropbertson, the list of haters goes on and on, and there is no shortage of false prophets to replace them....beware.....

      July 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
    • David Johnson


      I agree with so much of what you say! Salute!

      July 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Talking about a lot of pain….what do you think unborn babies go through? Don’t tell me they feel nothing…..that is a ploy to ease your conscience….EVERYTHING in the baby is developed along as it grows in size….including pain sensors and the brain.

      On one hand you want Roe Vs. Wade to stand for a 1000 years and on the other you want to lessen the need for abortion. Why lessen abortion if you want it to stand for a 1000 years? [It is another conscience issue…..and you can ask your question….’what do you think Jesus would think about these issues?

      To answer your question, Jesus would probably ask ‘Why do you kill my people before they are born? You will always have the poor, killing babies is not the answer….have mercy on the babies I send you.’

      I would have to say to your remarks, ‘Woman’s Body. Woman’s Choice’. Yes, woman’s body-choose before going to bed. You start another Body…. that is not your Body….it is someone else’s.

      July 24, 2010 at 11:47 am |
    • CatholicMom

      It seems you are having a hard time with ‘the fullness of truth’ so here is something that might help you realize that fullness does not change the Truth.

      If you have an apple, you see that it is an apple and know its shape and color, etc. You may even know that it tastes good. Now as time goes on, you may learn more about the apple….you find that it can be made into a sauce, jellies, butters, and pies. Yet the apple is still an apple, that does not change; but now you realize more about the apple.

      Still, you may learn more truths about the apple-–it comes from a tree not a shelf in the grocery store!! [Shock to some!] Still, the apple is an apple. You may learn that it can rot if you don’t make use of it in proper time-still it is an apple.

      Enjoy your next apple!

      July 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  8. peace2all

    So, 'Catholic Lite'....... Same stuff.... 'half the jesus'......?

    I could be very wrong here.... and... just a guess..... said liberal candidates that they are endorsing still, well... spout off the same
    catholic beliefs..... just a bit less....?

    What's the deal here....?

    July 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  9. Reality

    $500,000 ? That will buy two full page ads in a large daily newspaper. Not a big deal!! And comparable to the RCC's weak, flawed and error filled history and theology!!!

    July 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
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