Action Alert!

Catholics need not apply

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 06, 2004

Today the US Senate will vote on the nomination of Leon Holmes to serve on a federal court in Arkansas. Holmes has encountered heavy opposition from liberal Democrats (and liberal Republicans) because he is a dedicated pro-lifer and a staunch Catholic.

The Family Research Council, a Washington-based group with strong support among Evangelical Christians, has issued an action alert, and organized direct messages to the Senate in support of this fine Catholic nominee.

It's great, of course, that a group founded and supported by American Protestants would lead the fight against anti-Catholicism. I'm just wondering whether there's any Catholic group in Washington that might get involved.

Say, I just remembered! Doesn't the US bishops' conference have an office in Washington?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2004 10:25 PM ET USA

    I don't think the USCCB counts as a Catholic group.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2004 8:34 PM ET USA

    You're a little quick on the draw, Phil. While bishops have been remiss in holding the faithful & self-described "Catholic" elected officials accountable for the state of their souls regarding reception of the Eucharist, the issue of this judgship is hardly equivalent. Episcopal intervention would constitute endorsement of a specific candidate -- better to work through a lay venue.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 06, 2004 3:01 PM ET USA

    So Phil, since it would seem that tragically enough that our dear bishops can be counted on to do little or nothing regarding this issue perhaps it would be wise to humble ourselves and work through this "protestant" organization (The Family Research Council)??? The Holy Father DID say the ecumenicism is "irrevocable" you know.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jul. 06, 2004 2:05 PM ET USA

    One wonders how many bishops picked up the phone to call their senators, and to remind them that the Constitution specifically prohibits a 'religious test'.