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Casey Schoeneberger, Faith in Public Life’s Press Secretary, came to FPL from NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby’s Associate Program after studying economics at Saint Joseph’s University. She blogs about tax and budget issues on Bold Faith Type.

The “Family Values” Case for Immigration Reform

February 4, 2013, 10:25 am | By Casey Schoeneberger

John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, teamed up with Santa Clara University religious studies professor Kristin Heyer, to make a family values case for comprehensive immigration reform in yesterday’s San Jose Mercury News.

Heyer and Gehring write:

If you believe some conservatives, the biggest threat to “family values” is same-sex marriage. Yet these same elected officials wash their hands of a U.S. immigration system that tears parents from children, exploits migrants and leaves families in disarray.

You can read the full op-ed here.



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40,000 Call on Cardinal Dolan to Keep Partisan Politics out of Church

September 14, 2012, 12:27 pm | By Casey Schoeneberger

In response to a New York diocesan priest who put a letter endorsing Mitt Romney for president in a weekly church bulletin, New York-area Catholics gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan yesterday to deliver 40,000 petition signatures calling on Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of New York, to:

 Immediately instruct the priests in [his] diocese to refrain from distributing partisan campaign materials and issue a pastoral letter clarifying that the church is not making any endorsements.

At the delivery, Tom Smyth, a petition signer and member of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Baldwin, New York, said:

I love my Church, but it should stay out of partisan politics, Cardinal Dolan needs to tell his pastors to stop telling people whom to vote for.

James Salt, a petition organizer and Executive Director of Catholics United added:

The incident at St. Catherine of Siena demonstrates why Catholics are increasingly disheartened by the politicization of the faith. Instead of ministering to the needs of the faithful, too many priests and bishops are engaging in overt partisan activity. This alienates the vast majority of Catholics who want our Church to be known for its spiritual leadership, not its right-wing politics.

And Director of Faithful America and petition organizer Michael Sherrard had this to say:

Faithful America members, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, are appalled at the shameless exploitation of church resources to campaign for a presidential candidate. This wouldn’t be happening without Cardinal Dolan’s constant vitriolic attacks on the Obama administration’s health care policies, and he needs to personally ensure that such partisan campaigning never happens again in his diocese.

Although it has been two weeks since the publication of the endorsement, neither Cardinal Dolan nor the Archdiocese of New York has publicly acknowledged the priest’s error or assured local Catholics that churches will not be exploited for future partisan political campaigning.


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FPL Daily News Reel: June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012, 12:00 pm | By Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

A Md. Catholic nun represents views of many in differences with Vatican
By Michelle Boortstein — Washington Post
As for Curtis, the idea that she’d be on the side of what European media this weekend called “the rebel nuns” is disorienting. She grew up in a big, devout Rochester, N.Y., family, was close to sisters and priests growing up and attended Catholic schools her entire life.

Video:Radical Feminist Nuns
By Colbert Report
NETWORK’s Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell responds to the Vatican’s “”radical feminist”” charges, and Stephen learns how to get into heaven.

Meeting with doctrinal office opportunity for dialogue, says LCWR head
By Carol Glatz — Catholic News Service
“We are grateful for the opportunity for open dialogue, and now we will return to our members to see about the next step” and decide how to proceed in light of discussions with the doctrinal office, Sister Pat told journalists immediately after the meeting.

Family Net Worth Fell Almost 40% Between 2007-2010
By Kristina Peterson — Wall Street Journal
Median net worth of families fell to $77,300 in 2010 from $126,400 in 2007, a drop of 38.8%–the largest drop since the current survey began in 1989, Fed economists said Monday.

Pressing On the Upward Way
By Monica Potts — American Prospect
A profile of life in one of the country’s poorest countie.

Romney’s All Wrong on Public Sector Employment
By Bryce Covert — Nation, Editorial
This means that the eleven states that went red two years ago were responsible for 40 percent of these public sector job losses in 2011. If we add in Texas, a massive red state, we can pinpoint the source of 70 percent of those losses.

U.S., Florida face off over voter purge effort
By Kevin Gray — Reuters
The U.S. Justice Department and Florida exchanged legal salvoes on Monday over the state’s controversial effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from its voter rolls ahead of this year’s presidential election.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012, 12:00 pm | By Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

VIDEO: The bishops religious liberty campaign is not partisan. Really.
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
Father Andrew swears he is not being partisan, and after all, he’s just talking about religious freedom…Money quote: “Socialism is a foreign threat to our democracy! I am tired of this experiment and I hope you are, too!”

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat
By Daniel Burke — Religion News Service
Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday (June 7), calling a Vatican crackdown on the women “excessive.”

Black Clergy Join Forces With Black Caucus on Voting Rights Issues
By Debbie Hines — Huffington Post
Black clergy from the Conference of National Black Churches (“CNBC”) joined forces with the Congressional Black Caucus (“CBC”) in Washington, DC for a first ever summit last week to discuss new voting laws…

The Bills to Nowhere
By New York Times, Editorial
This is now the pattern of business in the House of Representatives: Spend most of the time passing bills designed not to become law but to satisfy the ideological desires of conservative voters. And block laws that actually need to get passed.

How A Radical North Dakota Ballot Initiative Could Allow The Religious Right To Ignore Traffic Lights
By Ian Millhiser — Think Progress
A North Dakota ballot intitative appears designed to allow anti-gay groups to openly defy bans on discrimination, and it is written so expansively that it could authorize thousands of North Dakotans to outright ignore everything from traffic lights to medical access laws — all in the name of supposedly protecting religous liberty.

Catholic hierarchy’s social justice advocate leaving USCCB
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
His resignation also comes at a time when social justice issues, rather than being considered co-equal and complementary parts of the Catholic witness, are often seen as at odds or competing for oxygen with the bishops’ larger culture war battles

Planned Parenthood ban: Abortion, poor women at center of fight
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske — Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments Thursday over the legality of a Texas rule banning Planned Parenthood clinics from the state Women’s Health Program.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 7, 2012

June 7, 2012, 1:06 pm | By Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

Nuns’ group plans bus trip to protest the Ryan budget
By Dan Merica — CNN, Belief Blog
“I think he was so direct in draping himself in the mantle of Catholic social teaching,” Campbell said. “He took the words but he took none of the meaning in the forming of the budget.”

Wisconsin’s dangerous result
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
The left will make a big mistake if it ignores the lessons of the failed recall in Wisconsin of Gov. Scott Walker (R). The right will make an even bigger error if it allows the Wisconsin results to feed its inclination toward winner-take-all politics.

Wisconsin: Time to Speak the Truth, Not Move On
By Steve Jerbi — Sojourners, God’s Politics
We should not “get over” the reality that this was the most expensive election in state history and ignore the questions of where the money comes from and how it influences outcomes.

Just How Hard Was It to Vote In Wisconsin?
By Abby Rapoport — American Prospect
Last night’s Wisconsin recall resulted in more than just Governor Scott Walker’s re-election. It also showed the tremendous difficulties some voters in the state faced simply trying to cast their ballot.

Gov. Rick Scott: voter purge lawful, feds are wrong and breaking the law
By Marc Caputo and Steve Bousquet — Miami Herald
In a sharply-worded letter, the Scott administration all but dares the Justice Department to sue Florida for allegedly violating voting rights laws.

The SBA List’s “Free Speech” Battle
By Monica Potts — American Prospect
The lawsuit’s plaintiff is a former Ohio representative for the Cincinnati area, Steve Driehaus. The group attacked Democrats who oppose abortion… arguing that their support for the health-care-reform act that year would direct taxpayer dollars to abortions.

Upholding the ACA is a constitutional, moral imperative
By Rep. Mike Honda — The Hill, Congress Blog
In other words, this isn’t just a question of doing the constitutionally correct thing — it is about doing the right thing, period.

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