Catholic College Profs Among “Catholics for Obama” 2012

Relying heavily on left-leaning academics at Catholic colleges and universities, the Obama campaign on Monday unveiled its “Catholics for Obama” team for 2012 in an effort to boost its Catholic vote.

Thomas Groome, of Boston College

Among those leading the group are several pro-abortion rights politicians along with faculty members at Catholic colleges including Sister Jamie Phelps, director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans; Nicholas Cafardi, a canon and civil lawyer who teaches at the Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh; Thomas Groome of Boston College, a theologian; and Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America.

Cafardi just last week took to the pages of the National Catholic Reporter to convince readers that Obama was more pro-life than Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He didn’t mention in that piece that he would soon be publicly affiliated with the Catholics for Obama group. Presumably, that affiliation will be pointed out in future writings.

Schneck is on the board of directors of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which was co-founded by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ director of faith-based programs, Alexia Kelley, to generate Catholic support for President Obama’s policies. Last year Schneck led a faculty effort to embarrass Republican House Speaker John Boehner, when he delivered the commencement address at The Catholic University of America. In February Schneck joined with other politically liberal Catholics in an open letter “celebrating” the “accommodation” proposed by President Obama with regard to the HHS contraceptive mandate — a compromise that the U.S. bishops have explained is entirely unacceptable to Catholics, and which has still not been written into the regulations.

Other members of Obama’s 21-member team includes Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy who was uninvited by a Catholic college at the request of the local bishop in May, Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro of Connecticut, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who pushed for that state’s law legalizing gay marriage.

“What’s distinctive about Catholics and politics is our ancient idea of the common good,” Schneck told David Gibson of the Religion News Service. “We measure that by how the working class and poorest among us are doing. Government, for us Catholics, is obliged to be caring. It’s obliged to serve and to help build the country as whole. President Obama ‘gets’ this at a deep level.”
The Catholics for Obama website touts Obama’s opposition to Paul Ryan’s proposed budget, saying: ”We are proud of the President for his opposition to the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, embraced by Republicans in Congress, and heartily endorsed by Mitt Romney. The Republican plan would shred our nation’s compassionate safety net, gutting Medicare, food assistance programs, Head Start, and many other programs—all while cutting taxes for the wealthy.”
As far as social issues such as abortion, the only reference on the home page is veiled:
As Catholics, we believe that every human being is made in the image of God. From this we discern that, individually and as a nation, we share a moral obligation to care for one another. As the President has so passionately affirmed throughout his career: ‘I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper.’ The President has upheld and advanced this principle in many ways, including his support for pregnant women and the Adoption Tax Credit.”
The Romney campaign kicked off its “Catholics for Romney” team two weeks ago. The six national co-chairs are all former ambassadors to the Vatican including Frank Shakespeare (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1986-1989), Tom Melady (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1989-1993), Ray Flynn (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1993-1997), Jim Nicholson (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2001-2005), Francis Rooney (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2005-2008), and Mary Ann Glendon (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2008-2009).
“President Obama has declared war on religion by forcing religious institutions to go against their faith,” the website states. “Mitt Romney will stand up and protect religious freedom whenever it is threatened.”
Matthew Archbold

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Matthew Archbold is a contributing writer to Campus Notes and to National Catholic Register, as well as the co-founder of the popular website, Creative Minority Report.

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  • CDville

    Note how they claim the Ryan plan will “shred”the safety net. No specifics, and certainly no mention of how the Obama administration has already left the economy in tatters for generations to come.

  • Michael000

    Boston College – what do you expect, Catholicism?

  • Dan

    What the list of pseudo-Catholics does for faithful Catholics is to give a list of higher education (oxymoron in this case) institutions to NOT attend or send one’s kids to.

  • James Stagg

    They will, no doubt, rely on the standard Obama pattern – innuendo and name-calling. They have no facts and they have no accomplishments. You would think in their “elite” minds that they would realize this.

    Looks like “Screwtape” has been busy lately.

  • jim

    It appears that these so called bright elitists at the universities don’t seem to understand what Catholic social/economic thought is – subsidiarity, and the thinking of some giants (Chesterton & Belloc) with regards to distributism. It seems their views are more in line with Karl Marx.

  • appalachian

    The Catholics for Obama membership list is useful. It shows us the individuals and institutions that have decided to accept our secular society’s values rather than those taught by Christ and His Church so we will not be misled.

  • happygael

    I’m old enough to remember when Boston College was a Catholic School.

  • Guest

    The false and wanting intellect of the so-called “Catholic for Obama” is simple and so is our solution as true Orthodox Catholics…excommunicate, and deny the Holy Eucharist to the whole lot of them until they prove that their liberal ideology is no longer held high above their duty as Catholics to defend the faith. Liberalism is an ideology at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Their ideology on its own has merited them self-excommunication from the Catholic Church, and now its time to make it clear that liberalism cannot exist within the same ideological world as the Church. For too long we orthodox Catholics have put up with liberal ideologists like these who claim to represent the true faith. Let these luke-warm cafeteria types be spit out, they do nothing but harm to the Orthodox teachings of Christ’s One, Holy, and Apostolic Church.

  • MICHIELI

    The false and wanting intellect of the so-called “Catholic for Obama” is simple and so is our solution as true Orthodox Catholics…excommunicate, and deny the Holy Eucharist to the whole lot of them until they prove that their liberal ideology is no longer held high above their duty as Catholics to defend the faith. Liberalism is an ideology at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Their ideology on its own has merited them self-excommunication from the Catholic Church, and now its time to make it clear that liberalism cannot exist within the same ideological world as the Church. For too long we orthodox Catholics have put up with liberal ideologists like these who claim to represent the true faith. Let these luke-warm cafeteria types be spit out, they do nothing but harm to the Orthodox teachings of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

  • Poppiexno

    I long ago stopped donating to the Jesuit “Catholic” college I attended. If enough people would withhold donations, and enough parents would do their homework and send their children to true Catholic colleges – then maybe we would see some reform.
    When I was a student many years ago I was required (like every student) to take 16 hrs of theology and 18 hrs of philosophy. And the theology was orthodox! Now we have the barest minimum requirements and the turmoil over the mandatum. Catholic? Not the way I knew it.

  • CK

    These people must have mental problems to honestly believe
    Obama is more pro-life then Romney, or that Obama is pro-life at all! Nothing else can explain it. They consciously deceive themselves and
    others with made up truths. Perhaps,
    deep down, they just have disdain for the Catholic Church and Its teachings, and
    refuse to acknowledge their own self-divergence from the Church and faith.

  • LifesTHE1stCivilRight

    QUICK, someone (especially all the “(this Pro-Life group – right? sarcasm intended) Catholics for Obama”) call and let Planned Parenthood, the National Organization of Women, the National Abortion Rights League, and the Democratic Party (a staple of their party platform) know this now proven ‘truth’ that Romney is more pro-abortion than Obama so they can notify all their members to stop giving donations to Obama and give them to Romney. Whew! The pro-aborts have been so befuddled for this long with Obama!
    The headline should read, “College Professor Educated into imbecility”.
    Gen 3:4, “But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die!” Satan’s little twist of the truth to make a lie sound truthful.

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