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Clearing the Air

February 25, 2009, 3:09 pm | Posted by Beth Dahlman

Since yesterday, the blogosphere has been abuzz with the story (originally broken by the National Catholic Reporter) of a fundraising letter, on official-looking letterhead, purportedly from Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) questioning the sincerity of some prominent Congressional Catholics’ faith:

It is so important that we ask our “Catholic” politicians to vote in accord with our traditional moral values. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that Catholic Advocate has by back in this fight. Real Catholics need a new voice–not the likes of Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi who have campaigned as Catholics while voting to undermine the values we hold most dear.

Sen. Brownback’s office has since put some distance between the senator and the letter, stating that neither the Senator nor his chief of staff approved the letter, but Deal Hudson (whose organization, the Catholic Advocate, was the beneficiary of the appeal) is maintaining his actions were authorized.

Given the shocking nature of the letter (one elected official allegedly calling into question others’ religious faith) Faithful America and Catholics United teamed up to get some more clarity.

The organizations are currently petitioning Sen. Brownback to help undo the damage done by this letter by clarifying his position on the letter’s content to all those who received it and encouraging Deal Hudson to return or donate any funds raised by the offending campaign.

If you’d like to join this stand for a more civil discussion on faith and politics, you can add your name here.

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