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.
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."
The director of this group is Alexia Kelly, a former campaign staffer for religious affairs for John Kerry. She covered similar issues for the DNC. Please note that as she lists the broad range of issues and values of primary importance to the Catholic community she conveniently leaves out pro-life issues like abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research. A look at their web site shows all the Catholic clergy and religious who represent them. Not exactly a brilliant collection of orthodoxy. I am particularly amused with the bio for Patricia A. Daly, OP. Please note the pearls around her neck. Is there something wrong with a nun wearing a crucifix or a miraculous medal? Oh, wait! That might give away that she is supposed to be Catholic.
Patricia Daly is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell and serves as the Executive Director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, an organization of 35 Catholic Dioceses and Religious Congregations in the NY metropolitan area. Sr. Daly represents these institutional investors to the national Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a consortium of religious organizations holding more than $110 billion in investments. Sr. Daly engages companies and investors on environmental, social and corporate governance concerns, with a particular focus on global warming.
I am so happy to know that Sr. Daly is ready to take on the evil corporate giants over global warming. I am sure she would be just as tenacious in defending the right to life from conception to natural death. It was just an oversight that wasn’t mentioned.
As far as I can tell this is just another group that has hijacked the name Catholic. Take a look at Mark Shea’s response to them:
Anything less than an immediate firing of these skirted Klansmen is a clear indication the Edwards is utterly unfit for the White House. Don't be whores for this dirtbag. Stop making excuses and demand that he get rid of these clownettes.
In my humble opinion, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good should read Nominal Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good of the Democratic Party.