Dueling "Catholic" Groups Fight to Represent Pro-Abortion, Pro-Obama Factions
by Steven Ertelt
June 11, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — When President Barack Obama nominated the head of a fake Catholic group that pushed for his election to a top administration post, he, perhaps unknowingly, started a fight between two organizations seeking to represent the views of pro-abortion or pro-Obama Catholics.
Deal Hudson, the director of the Morley Institute for Church & Culture and InsideCatholic.com, notes the quarrel in a new editorial column.
As LifeNews.com reported, Obama rewarded Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) executive director Alexia Kelley by naming her to head the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services.
CACG came under fire from pro-life groups for supporting Obama’s presidential candidacy and his pro-abortion policies that are at odds with Catholic pro-life teaching. It recently ran an advertisement defending Notre Dame’s decision to award Obama and allow him to speak to graduates.
Yet, after the nomination, the pro-abortion, so-called Catholics for Choice fired off a statement blasting the decision.
"As head of Catholics in Alliance with the Common Good, Alexia Kelley was second only to Doug Kmiec in making Obama’s record on abortion palatable to Catholics. Aren’t these two organizations supposed to be on the same side?" Hudson asks.
Hudson calls the objection to Kelley a "simple territorial spat."
"During the presidential election, Kelley’s Catholics in Alliance had supplanted Catholics for Choice as the preeminent organization of the Catholic Left. Kelley now stands atop not only the movement pecking order, but also controls $20 million of the Health and Human Services budget earmarked for family-planning services," he explains.
"The present and former presidents of CFC, Frances Kissling and Jon O’Brien, fear the loss of status, but they fear the loss of power as political gatekeepers even more," Hudson notes.
Hudson also notes that Catholics for Choice doesn’t go along with the disingenuous "abortion reduction" argument and CACG’s (and Obama’s) support for it.
While some pro-abortion and pro-Obama activists are willing to put on a good face about supposedly wanting to reduce abortions, Hudson believes Catholics for Choice wants none of that argument and isn’t willing to settle for anything less than rhetoric demanding unlimited abortions.
"That dimension reveals a subculture among abortion supporters that may well distinguish O’Brien and Kissling from Kelley," he writes.
"O’Brien considers his objection to Kelley’s advocacy of abortion reduction so fundamental that he describes both her and Catholics in Alliance as ‘anti-choice,’" Hudson continues. "[That description] reveals an outlook entirely at odds with the abortion-reduction program (assuming that it is held as a matter of sincere conviction and not political expediency)."
Catholics for Choice is so exercised over Kelley’s leadership that the organization produced a pamphlet titled, "The Trouble with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good."
Hudson says the squabble between the pro-abortion and pro-Obama factions reveals how strongly pro-abortion, not pro-choice, the position of some abortion advocates is when they deal with any chance to compromise one iota.
"Thus is revealed the darkest recesses in the ‘culture of death,’ when all compassion for the unborn child is reviled in the name of freedom,’" he concludes.
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