The former head of a fake pro-life Catholic group who became part of the Obama administration is now back the private sector — again heading a Catholic organization.
Alexia Kelley was the head of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG), a group that was panned by pro-life advocates because it was responsible for misleading voters about President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion record. She eventually was rewarded by the president with an appointment as the head of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Kelley is also a former advisor to the John Kerry presidential campaign and Kerry is a strong abortion advocate.
Now, Kelley is working as the president of a Catholic grant-making organization, FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities.
“I’m just really excited about this privilege and opportunity to serve our members and build on a great legacy that the organization has achieved over so many years,” she told NCR Tuesday, two days before her official introduction Nov. 14 as the president of the Catholic grant-maker network.
Before coming to FADICA, Kelley worked three years as a senior official for President Barack Obama’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships – two at the Health and Human Services department’s center as its director, and the last as senior policy advisor at the White House office.
Kelley started her work with FADICA in early October, introducing herself to its board and members while learning about their individual interests and priorities motivating their contributions to Catholic causes.
“There’s wonderful diversity and richness of interests and priorities among the members, and I think both a real desire to continue to do, and build on all the things that FADICA has done in the past,” she said.
“They really share a common vision to support the church’s mission and to strengthen the church.”
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But when it comes to the Catholic Church’s pro-life teachings, she has actively worked against them.
CACG came under fire from pro-life groups for supporting Obama’s presidential candidacy his pro-abortion policies that are at odds with Catholic pro-life teaching. it ran an advertisement defending Notre Dame’s decision to award Obama and allow him to speak to graduates.
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good has also been criticized for releasing the results of a study falsely claiming that pro-life laws like informed consent and parental notification do little to reduce abortions. Political science professor Michael New has taken the group to task.
CACG also released a voter guide in 2006 that was condemned by pro-life groups for misleading Catholics on abortion.
The CACG booklet argued “we often must vote for candidates who hold the ‘wrong’ Catholic positions on some issues in order to maximize the good our vote achieves in other areas.”