Pro-Life Catholic Group Praises Bishops for Leaving Coalition Backing Kagan

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Catholic Group Praises Bishops for Leaving Coalition Backing Kagan

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 21
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Catholic writer Deal Hudson, who called on the nation’s Catholic bishops to leave a coalition of groups that endorsed pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, is applauding their decision to do so. Deal Hudson, a writer who heads Catholic Advocate, says they did the right thing.

The nation’s Catholic bishops have left a coalition of organizations that recently endorsed the Supreme Court nomination of pro-abortion Solicitor General Elena Kagan.

The Coalition for Constitutional Values is running a television and Internet commercial praising President Barack Obama’s selection.

CCV is a project of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), a coalition of 200 groups. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was a member of the LCCHR, and as a member pays an annual membership fee.

Hudson called on the USCCB to leave the coalition and emailed LifeNews.com today saying he appreciates their decision to vacate it.

"We applaud the USCCB for their commitment to human rights and for taking this opportunity to underscore the most basic human right–life itself," Hudson said. "It’s a sad fact of politics that organizations originally founded for one purpose undergo changes over time that affect their mission. Such is the case with the LCCR."

"No one will doubt the ongoing commitment of the Catholic bishops to upholding civil and human rights, but this action was necessary to avoid any confusion about its protection of lives not-yet-born," Hudson continued.

"Catholic Advocate applauds the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for withdrawing their membership from groups with positions that contradict the Catholic Church," he said.

Hudson said he hopes more Catholic organizations follow the USCCB’s example and dispel any possible confusion about their protection of unborn children.

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