In the last edition of Catalyst, we ran an article detailing our objections to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) association with Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC). Directed by Frances Kissling, CFFC is one of the nation’s preeminent anti-Catholic groups.

Over the summer, we contacted every Democrat in the House and Senate asking for their help in breaking this relationship. We are grateful to both Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Tim Roemer (D-IN) for their sincere efforts in this regard. But since nothing has changed, we embarked on a major campaign this fall to break the DNC-CFFC relationship. At issue is the DNC’s listing of CFFC on the organizational link page of its website,

We are asking all Catholics to contact the DNC and make known their outrage over the DNC-CFFC link (see page 2 for information). Kissling has said that it is her goal to “overthrow” the Catholic Church. She has also lobbied the U.N. to kick the Holy See out of the world organization. No wonder she has twice been denounced as a fraud by the U.S. bishops. And this is the kind of Catholic that the DNC wants to associate with?

As our members know, our October appeal is directed at raising the funds necessary to pay for ads in several national Catholic newspapers and in prominent Washington publications condemning the DNC for its obstinacy. The first ad ran in the September 15-21 edition of the National Catholic Register. More are on the way in Our Sunday Visitor, the Wanderer and Roll Call (an influential Washington publication).

To think that the DNC would consider anti-Catholics to be representative of its Catholic base is mind-boggling! When columnist Mark Shields first brought this matter to light, we were as astounded as he was. Now the situation has worsened, and that is why we are prepared to spend what we need to conduct an effective campaign.

It is important that all Catholic League members write, call or email the DNC. Contact your congressman as well, especially if he or she is a Democrat. For the record, we do not believe that Democrats would knowingly sanction Catholic bashing. All the more reason to alert them to this invidious association between the DNC and CFFC.

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