"We have to work with the legislators we have, not the ones we wish we had”

.- Pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia legislators have been invited to participate in a conference on poverty at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.  The event is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco in a gathering to spotlight the UN Millennium Development Goals and to press for the U.S. to commit 0.7% of its gross national product to the global eradication of “the poverty that kills.”

Among those invited to this “Point Seven Conference” are Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Reps. Tom Lantos, Anna Eschoo and Lynn Woolsey --- well-known supporters of population-control, abortion, and same-sex marriage, and thus adversaries of the Catholic vision of human dignity and social justice. All of the invited legislators are Democrats, and all have received a 100% approval rating from NARAL-Pro-Choice America, a pro-abortion national lobbying group, and from Planned Parenthood.

What are these Millennium Development Goals? Are they compatible with the Catholic Church’s view of the common good? And is St. Mary’s Cathedral providing a platform for pro-abortion politicians who are opponents of Catholic principles?

Austin Ruse, president of C-FAM (the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute), says that the Millennium Development Goals are “largely non-controversial and commonsensical.”

Ruse, a key opponent of the pro-abortion, gay, and gender activists in the UN, told California Catholic Daily in a telephone interview that the Millennium Development Goals, supported by the Vatican delegation to the UN, focus on lifesaving projects that are both “desperately needed and actually do-able:” promoting primary education among the very poor, combating malaria, increasing access to clean water, and the like.

“Some agencies are pushing for a new ‘millennial goal’ on reproductive health, which in UN-speak means contraception, sterilization and abortion,” says Ruse, “but it came to a vote in 2005 and they lost. ‘Reproductive health’ in this sense is not a Millennial Goal, and isn’t likely to become one because this could only be changed by a vote of the UN General Assembly.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statement “Catholics in Political Life” mandates that Catholic institutions should not give “those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles” awards, honors or platforms “which would suggest support for their actions.”

California Catholic asked Ruse what he thought of dissenters like Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein being invited to the Cathedral conference. Said Ruse, “That depends. Are they the speakers, or the spoken-to?”

That’s the question California Catholic Daily posed to George Wesolek, director of public policy for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the main coordinator of the Point Seven Conference.

“We’re bringing in anti-poverty people from Africa and Asia such as Bridget Chisenga, HIV/AIDS specialist for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Zambia, and Marc D'Silva, CRS Country Representative for India,” said Wesolek.

But what about pro-abortion figures like Pelosi, Boxer, and Feinstein? “They’ve been invited to attend our ‘Town Hall.’ We want to speak to our legislators and challenge them on the eradication of extreme poverty,” said Wesolek. “We take the same position with U.S. politicians as the Vatican takes at UN: we are supportive of the MDGs, and we challenge as well as cooperate with those who partially share our vision. The political figures, in this case, are not being invited to expound to us, but to hear us out.”

Said Wesolek of what the politicians can expect at the conference, "We'll have clergy and laypeople goading them, I'm sure, on their consistency in upholding human dignity."

Wesolek said working with political figures who “partially share our vision” is challenging, “But we have to work with the legislators we have, not the ones we wish we had.”

The original story can be found at California Catholic Daily

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Gen 1:1-2:2
Gospel:: Mt 28:1-10

Saint of the Day

Blessed James Oldo »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: