In a blog for The Huffington Post, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Director of Media Relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, takes the media to task for accepting advocacy groups that call themselves Catholic, such as Catholic for Choice, at face value.
"The Catholic Church has a right to its "brand," Walsh argues, "which includes getting to say who validly can use its name."
Jon O'Brien, President of Catholics for Choice, pushed back, writing,
"The Catholic church is not Apple or Google, global corporations that zealously police the use of their brand, siccing corporate lawyers on anybody who dares use their name in vain."
Sparks flew when a collection of bloggers and Catholic leaders joined to discuss this volatile topic including: Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; Bethany Blankley a HuffPost Blogger, Religion and Politics Analyst; John Gehring Faith in Public Life’s Senior Writer & Catholic Outreach Coordinator; John McCarthy- Chairman of College Democrats at Catholic University; and Niall O' Dowd- Founder of Irish Central and Irish Voice.
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