Pro-Obama Catholic Groups Deflect Attention on George Soros Funding

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Obama Catholic Groups Deflect Attention on George Soros Funding

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 23
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Two Catholic groups that have received heavy criticism for making false claims that Barack Obama is pro-life and for receiving funding from pro-abortion billionaire activist George Soros are now trying to deflect attention by saying other Catholic groups get Soros money as well.

As reported, Catholic League president Bill Donohue accused two left-wing Catholic groups of getting money from the activist.

Donohue said Catholics in Alliance receives funding from Soros’ Open Society Institute (OSI) and that it is integrally linked to Catholics United.

Now, Chris Korzen of Catholics United is deflecting the criticism by claiming OSI also funds Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Catholic Legal Immigration Services — making them supposedly "morally equal."

Donohue told in response: “Unlike the three Catholic organizations cited by Korzen, Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance are apologists for abortion."

"Their passion for abortion rights is so strong that they refuse to endorse the legal ban on partial-birth abortion. So scandalous is their work that they were singled out by Archbishop Charles Chaput last week for doing a ‘disservice’ to the Church," Donohue added.

"Chaput would never say that about the three legitimately Catholic social service groups," he confirmed.

While the other Catholic entities have been around for decades and are not involved in politics, Donohue said the pro-Obama Catholic groups only came into existence when John Kerry lost the 2004 presidential election because Catholic voters were increasingly disapproving of pro-abortion candidates like him.

"More important, two years ago Catholics in Alliance received nearly 10 percent of its money from OSI. And it is a sure bet that its officials know exactly who is behind OSI," Donohue said.

For the Catholic League president, the bottom line is that Soros does donate some money to legitimate social welfare causes.

"But when it comes to abortion, he prefers to give to pro-abortion and anti-Catholic groups like Catholics for Choice," he concluded. "Now he likes to give to Catholic abortion apologists as well. Thus, Korzen’s moral equivalency argument fails miserably.”

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