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Monday, August 02, 2004

Catholic League questions Kerry's latest choice of religion advisor 

Posted by Christopher Blosser at 10:52 PM

Back in June, CKW reported on Kerry's poor choices of Maria Vanderslice (socialist and member of activist organization ACT UP) and Fr. Drinan, S.J. (popularizer of the "personally opposed, BUT . . ." excuse). Now, Donahue of the Catholic League, Senator Kerry has once again selected a religious advisor of questionable background. CNSNews reports:
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has replaced his religion adviser with a woman who was one of 32 clergy members to file a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the atheist [PDF] who challenged the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to the Catholic League, Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson's amicus brief on behalf of atheist Michael Newdow "shows infinitely more concern for the sensibilities of atheists like Newdow than it does for the 90 percent of Americans who believe in God." Peterson replaced Mara Vanderslice as director of religious outreach.

"[Democratic National Committee chairman] Terry McAuliffe says the appointment of Rev. Peterson as the new Senior Advisor for Religious Outreach 'reflects the DNC's commitment to reaching all people of faith,'" said Catholic League President William Donohue.

But Peterson's background makes one question whether the Democrats have lost their minds, he said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Peterson inaugerated her service with a post to Kicking Ass, the blog of the Democratic National Committee. Writes Rev. Peterson:
At the People of Faith Luncheon yesterday here in Boston, joy, hope and excitement were in the air! An extremely diverse crowd delighted in fellowship with each other and the comfort of knowing that the DNC and the Kerry/Edwards ticket take seriously all people of faith and the issues we care about.
"All issues," it would seem, but . . . oh, wait, let's see now: partial birth abortion, unborn victims of violence, human cloning and embroyonic stem cell research, oh, wait, do these issues count?

Ms. Petersen continues by sharing with her readers with the politically-charged "A Prayer for People of Faith for John Kerry" -- which really has to be seen to be believed.

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John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

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Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

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"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

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Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.




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