“Kathy Saile brings to this important position strong commitment to the Catholic Church and its social teaching, impressive knowledge of key domestic issues and extensive policy and advocacy experience. Her service in diocesan social ministry and here in the nation’s capital will be great assets in helping the bishops articulate and advance the Church’s principles and policies seeking economic and social justice in our nation.”
These seem like perfect qualifications for someone to help the Bishops formulate their positions on domestic policy issues. In fact, I would like to substitute the word "unequivocal" for "strong" in the description of the director’s commitment to the Catholic Church and its social teaching. Unfortunately, that substitution cannot be made in the case of Kathy Saile. It seems Ms Saile’s last job was with the Lutherans. They apparently did not mind that Ms. Saile was a featured speaker at a 2006 WIN conference. From the WIN website:
WIN is Washington’s premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to empowering young, Democratic, pro-choice women. Founded in 1989 on the idea that women can help women climb the ladder of success, WIN is now over 1,000 members strong and growing.
About what did Ms. Saile address the gathering of WIN members:
14. Did the Left Cede Heaven? The Intersection of Faith and PoliticsThroughout American history religion has shaped US politics. Recent history has focused on the efforts and effects of Conservative Christians in the Republican Party, but the Left continues to be a party of people of faith. This dinner will highlight the way liberal people of faith organize to further progressive causes.
Planners: Maggie Rosenbloom & Ellen Banakis
Host: Shannon Hughs, Account Executive, Stones’ Phones Consulting
Speaker: Sammie Moshenberg, Director of Washington Operations, National Council of Jewish Women; Kathy Saile, Associate Director of Public Policy, Lutheran Services
So we can see that the new Director of Domestic Policy has a recent history of supporting a highly partisan, political organization that dedicates itself to the pro-abortion cause. Exactly what were the "progressive causes" that she advocated in her presentation? Gay marriage? Abortion? I would like to hear her answer to this. Were there no faithful Catholics suitable for this USCCB position? Has Ms. Saile publicly repudiated her past involvement in the pro-abortion cause? We have some wonderful bishops in this country, but as an organization, the USCCB leaves much to be desired. This appointment is another example of how it has failed in its pastoral duties. I suspect we will not see any bold initiatives on pro-life issues coming from the USCCB under her leadership. It will be interesting to compare her priorities with that of the Democratic Party platform.
UPDATE: If you would like to express your concern to the USCCB, you can email their communications office at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE #2: If you care to see the "progressive causes" that WIN champions, take a look at their Networks.