Catholic Bishop’s Employee Booted for Backing Abortion Advocate John Kerry

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 1, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Bishop’s Employee Booted for Backing Abortion Advocate John Kerry

by Steven Ertelt, Maria Gallagher Editor/Staff Writer
August 1, 2004

Washington, DC ( — An employee at the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops has been fired from his job for using official resources to promote the candidacy of pro-abortion Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

Ono Ekeh, program coordinator for the Secretariat for African-American Catholics at the USCCB, is also the administrator of a "Catholics for Kerry" Internet newsgroup.

Ekeh came under fire for using his office computer to run the message board, where he posted some 31 messages beginning last August — some urging the election of Kerry.

Despite Kerry’s pro-abortion position and pledge to use tax dollars to fund abortions, Ekeh has claimed that Kerry will reduce poverty and therefore eliminate the financial circumstances that lead women to sometimes have abortions.

"John Kerry’s vision for America is a pro-life vision that will ultimately reduce the frequency of and need for abortions," Ekeh claims.

Ekeh was asked to resign in March and did not respond to’s request for an interview.

Deal Hudson, editor of Crisis Magazine, exposed Ekeh earlier this year.

"How can an employee of the conference publicly support a politician who has said repeatedly that he will approve only pro-abortion judges for the Supreme Court," Hudson asked in an email alert.

Hudson says that, on the Catholics for Kerry site, Ekeh has made comments challenging the Vatican, the bishops’ conference, and even his boss, Bishop Wilton Gregory.

In a request for comment from at the time, Gail Quinn, the head of pro-life activities for the USCCB, said she could not comment on the Ekeh matter, since the situation involved an employment situation.

Later, Quinn told that the situation had been successfully resolved.

Kerry himself has said he wants to expand abortion and make it more available. Kerry, although professing to be a Catholic, supports Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion on demand in 1973.

Ekeh has also said, "John Kerry has recently made it clear that he will not be taking orders from the Vatican and rightly so. Senator Kerry made a prudent decision in rejecting the Vatican’s demands."

Ekeh was an alternate delegate to the Democratic convention and said he hoped to go to show that "pro-lifers are not all frothing at the mouth, condemning-type people," the told the Capitol News Service.

But, Hudson remains unconvinced.

"As Kerry advances down the Presidential campaign trail, and as other Catholics equivocate on his blatantly pro-abortion record, it will become more and more vital for the bishops to speak out," Hudson said.