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Chris Korzen

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If the Health Care Repeal Vote Is Symbolic, Why Have Such a Divisive Debate?

(36) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 3:41 PM

At a moment when we need to tone down the discourse in our politics, why have a purely symbolic debate over health care repeal in the U.S. House of Representatives? The debate may take us back to the worst days of the health care discussion, when swastikas were commonplace at...

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Head of Catholic Bishops Conference Backs Culture Warrior Bill Donohue

(48) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 11:51 AM

The newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has expressed his enthusiastic support for the Catholic League, which under the leadership of William Donohue has become one of the most divisive and polarizing organizations in the U.S. Catholic community. The move is seen by many as...

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Will the Real Catholic Bishops Please Stand up?

(166) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 8:01 AM

As the U.S. Catholic Bishops gather in Baltimore today for their annual meeting, they find themselves at the crossroads of political expediency and integrity. The Republican wave has empowered a caucus whose laissez-faire "small government" agenda runs counter to Catholic social teaching. As poverty rises and recovery stalls, it waxes...

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Abortion and Health Care Reform: A Common Ground Solution?

(6) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 10:16 AM

Before leaving for August recess, the House Energy and Commerce Committee adopted an amendment to proposed health care reform legislation that raises hopes of a detente in ongoing tensions over abortion funding. The amendment, put forth by California Democrat Lois Capps, clearly states that federal funds cannot be used to...

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At the Vatican, a Democrat Who Gets It

(109) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 11:47 AM

This piece originally appeared on's OnCommonGround forum.

In early seventies, the Democratic Party made a fateful decision to begin building a new coalition, as one commentator put it, of "young people, college-educated suburbanites, and feminists." This might not have been a bad idea had the party not...

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For the Culture War, a Hail Mary

(79) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 9:14 AM

The propensity of U.S. Catholics to mix metaphors of football and theology explains in part why one of the most fabled plays in sports is known as a "Hail Mary" pass. The quintessentially Catholic prayer is so apt a description of quarterback Roger Staubach's impossible 1975 game-winning bomb that...

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Eyes on the Catholic Vote

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 12:23 PM

Catholics account for 1 in 4 voters nationwide and have sided with the popular vote winner in the last nine presidential elections. They tend to be heavily concentrated in swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio - in fact, many believe Catholics gave Bush the edge he needed to win Ohio...

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Tough Times for the Catholic Right

(128) Comments | Posted October 22, 2008 | 11:06 AM

Right wing Catholic groups celebrated earlier this month when Scranton bishop Joseph Martino ordered his priests to read a letter at Mass tacitly proclaiming that it was immoral for Catholics to vote for Obama. Things have been going south for them ever since.

These organizations - groups like Bill Donohue's...

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John McCain: Just How Pro-Life?

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2008 | 11:41 AM

Wednesday's announcement that abortion rights supporter Rudy Giuliani will deliver the keynote address at this year's Republican National Convention should have provoked an angry backlash from the Catholic far right. But many of these activists - despite having been hard at work painting the Democratic Party as a harborer of...

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McCain's Torture Backslide

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2008 | 2:56 PM

Today, former general counsel to the Navy Alberto Mora joined with torture survivors, former cabinet officials, and members of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to ask that the next president of the United States issue an executive order explicitly requiring all government agencies, including the CIA,...

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Extremists Pressure Catholic Bishops to Use Communion as Political Weapon

(31) Comments | Posted June 12, 2008 | 1:46 PM

A radical arm of the pro-life movement attacked the Catholic Church this week. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered in Orlando for its bi-annual meeting, a group called the "Society for Truth and Justice" launched an ad campaign encouraging the bishops to deny Communion to "pro-abortion...

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Conservative Catholics Have Always Been in Play

(14) Comments | Posted May 29, 2008 | 7:27 PM

Douglas Belkin's story in Thursday's Wall Street Journal proclaims that "Conservative Catholics May Be in Play" in November's presidential election. For a mainstream media that long ago bought into the far right's wistful notion that churchgoing Catholics subscribe first and foremost to a narrow conservative agenda, this may seem...

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McCain Attacked Bush in 2000 Over Anti-Catholic Endorsement

(23) Comments | Posted March 5, 2008 | 9:30 PM

Senator John McCain is still defending his acceptance of an endorsement from megachurch pastor John Hagee -- who has called the Catholic Church "the Great Whore," and accused it of inspiring Adolf Hitler to initiate the Holocaust.

But the presumptive Republican nominee's continued intransigence is revealing a new design...

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Media Letting McCain Off Easy Over Endorsement Flap

(9) Comments | Posted March 3, 2008 | 1:17 PM

John McCain's refusal to distance himself from a controversial endorsement by Catholic-bashing pastor John Hagee received widespread coverage last week. But despite the GOP frontrunner's astounding decision not to rescind his acceptance of the endorsement, the media is letting the story drop.

This story highlights a double standard of epic...

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McCain Embraces Pastor Who Calls Catholicism A Cult

(36) Comments | Posted February 29, 2008 | 2:36 PM

Republican frontrunner John McCain is facing mounting pressure to rescind his embrace of an endorsement from controversial Texas pastor John Hagee. Hagee, as Catholic League president and conservative darling Bill Donohue charged yesterday, "has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church," having calling it "the Great Whore" and other...

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