.- The Democratic National Committee has not developed Catholic outreach or rethought its position on abortion despite promises it made after the 2004 general election to do so, observed Catholic League president Bill Donohue.
Donohue decided to follow-up on these promises by conducting a search on the DNC Web site. According to Donohue, a keyword search for âCatholic outreachâ only turned up âa statement opposing a voucher program designed to help Catholic schoolchildren who were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.â
The Web site also features an interview with Eleanor Smeal on Samuel Alito. Donohue was dismayed that the DNC would choose to highlight Smeal, whom he describes as âanti-Catholic.â
Donohue quoted Smeal as saying Oct. 31 that if Alito were to become a Supreme Court Justice, âthe majority of the Court would be Roman Catholics, which would underrepresent other religions, not to mention nonbelievers.â
âItâs not just the DNC that doesnât get it,â said Donohue is a press release. âConsider that the following members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have already declared their opposition to President Bushâs Catholic nominee to the high court: Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy, Patrick Leahy and Ken Salazar. All are Catholic and all are Democrats.
âFollowing Smealâs logic, are there too many Catholics on the Senate Judiciary Committee?â he remarked.