This week's Catholic Standard has an article describing how the Catholic Charities Foundation gala raised apx. $1.2 million. That is a wonderful amount and can help do a world of good.
On the other hand, it pains me to see that one of the notable's at the dinner to be highlighted in the Standard's article was Rep. Chris Van Hollen. At a Catholic event we have a politician* who:
- Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
- Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
- Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
- Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
- Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
- Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
- Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
- Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006)
- Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
- Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
- Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
In addtion, the Standard has a half page advertisement (print version, page 15), which thanks a number of outstanding supporters, including:
- The Fannie Mae Foundation (who helped to give us the economic mess we are in)
- Chris "I get a chill up my leg" and Kathleen Mathews
- AFL-CIO and various trade unions (pro-abortion, pro-gay)
- The Washington Post (no friend of the Catholic Church)
If the Church will ban politicians from speaking at their schools and institutions, then why do they (1) allow these same politicians positive press coverage and (2) accept money from those who oppose some of our key teachings. They should refuse it.
I guess the money is more important.