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USCCB shoots back at liberal critic of 'Fortnight' campaign

Catholic World News - June 28, 2012

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has responded sharply to criticism from a liberal political group.

The USCCB issued a media advisory countering a memo that had been circulated by John Gehring, who heads the Catholic Outreach program for Faith in Public Life. The USCCB pointed out that the Gehring’s program is an offshoot of the pro-abortion Center for American Progress, and is funded by George Soros. “These do not seem like eminent qualifications for telling bishops how to guide the Church,” the advisory drily observes.

Gehring provided media outlets with a series of arguments against the US bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign. In its rebuttal the USCCB listed a series of “fictions” in Gehring’s account, emphasizing that the bishops are engaged not in partisan campaigning, but in defense of fundamental principles of religious freedom.

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