Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack Obama's Jesuit Connections On The Catholic National Advisory Board

May 2, 2008
When Sen. Barack Obama recently announced the formation of his Catholic National Advisory Council, he said he was “deeply honored to have the support and counsel of these committed Catholic leaders, scholars and advocates.”

Commenting on this group is Catholic League president Bill Donohue: “The best advice I can give Sen. Obama about his Catholic National Advisory Council is to dissolve it immediately."

Of the 26 Catholic former or current public office holders he has listed as either National Co-Chairs (5), or as members of the National Leadership Committee (21), there is not one who agrees with the Catholic Church on all three major public policy issues: abortion, embryonic stem cell research and school vouchers. “Indeed, on the issue of abortion, their record is disgraceful." Consider the scorecard as issued by the most radical pro-abortion organization in the nation—NARAL.

Of the two National Co-Chairs who have a NARAL tally, one agrees with the extremist group 65 percent of the time and the other agrees 100 percent of the time. Of the 20 National Leadership Committee members with a NARAL score, 17 have earned a 100 percent rating.

Of those who have less than a perfect score, not one is in favor of school vouchers. [Click here for the evidence.] “Practicing Catholics have every right to be insulted by Obama’s advisory group. What is the purpose of having an advisory group about matters Catholic when most of its members reject the Catholic position? If Obama wanted input from gay leaders, would he choose those who don’t reflect the sentiments of the gay community?

In short, to choose Catholic dissidents to advise him about Catholic concerns is mind-boggling.

“If these are the best ‘committed Catholic leaders, scholars and advocates’ Obama can find, then it is evident that he has a ‘Wright’ problem when it comes to picking Catholic advisers.”

Bill Donohue

Obama's list of Catholic advisers.

National Co-Chairs
Senator Bob Casey Jesuit educated at Holy Cross
Former Congressman Tim Roemer, President of the Center for National Policy
Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia was a Jesuit Volunteer in Honduras
Tom Chabolla, a member of PICO, founded by a Jesuit
Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy's second wife
Sr. Catherine Pinkerton, Congregation of St. Joseph. Long association with Jesuits

National Steering Committee
Mary Jo Bane, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Nicholas P. Cafardi, Jesuit educated at Georgian University in Rome and Media Relations for USCCB
Lisa Cahill, Professor of Theology, at Jesuit Boston College
M. Shawn Copeland, Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College
Ron Cruz, Hispanic Affairs Director for USCCB
Sharon Daly, Vice President for Social Policy at Catholic Charities USA
Richard Gaillardetz, vocal advocate for women priests.
Grant Gallicho, Associate Editor, Commonweal Magazine
Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA
Don Guter, Judge Advocate General of the Navy (2000-2002); Rear Admiral, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Pittsburgh, PA
Cathleen Kaveny, Professor of Law and Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Jim Kesteloot, President at Chicago Lighthouse, Jesuit educated at Loyola University in Chicago
Vincent Miller, Associate Professor of Theology,at Jesuit Georgetown University
David O'Brien, Loyola Professor of Catholic Studies at the Jesuit College of the Holy Cross
Peter Quaranto, Senior Researcher and Conflict Analyst, Resolve Uganda (Notre Dame Class of 2006)
Dave Robinson, Pax Cristi leadership,
Vincent Rougeau, Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame, was a professor at Loyola University Chicago
Mary Wright, Inter-Faith Liaison, Louisville, KY

National Leadership Committee
Former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle , visiting professor at the Jesuit Georgetown University.
Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois , a gradute of the Jesuit Georgetown University.
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts , the toast of the Jesuits "BC Law" and a graduate.
Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont , a gradute of the Jesuit Georgetown University
Representative Mike Capuano of Massachusetts , a gradute of the Jesuits "BC Law"
Representative Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts , a gradute of the Jesuits "BC Law"
Representative James Oberstar of Minnesota , a student of the Jesuits Georgetown University.
Representative Peter Welch of Vermont , a graduate of the Jesuit College of the Holy Cross
Link to the list (here)

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