the feminist connection at the US bishops' conference

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 15, 2005

A few days ago I mentioned the no-nonsense edit handed down by Teresa Kettelkamp, the executive director of the USCCB Office of Child and Youth Protection, who tells all American bishops what they must do-- and do it now!

Teresa Kettelkamp, who came to the USCCB from the Illinois State Police, is also a member of the advisory board for the Center for Women and Policing.

Would you like to know more about the Center for Women and Policing? It's a division of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

But when you hear about the Feminist Majority Foundation in the news, the topic usually isn't police work. Usually it's abortion.

Led by Eleanor Smeal, the Feminist Majority Foundation is at the forefront in the political battle for legalized abortion on demand.

And Teresa Kettelkamp, who works with this group, is now telling the American Catholic bishops how to behave.

Now notice, there is no evidence that Teresa Kettelkamp has been personally involved in promoting legal abortion; all we know is that she lends her name-- and presumably her advice-- to an organization involved in abortion lobbying. But do you suppose the USCCB would ever hire someone who was affiliated, however loosely, with, say, the Ku Klux Klan?

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  • Posted by: Sir William - Sep. 18, 2005 11:06 PM ET USA

    Began reading "St Laurence & the Holy Grail" - have wept reading the hideous and painful tortures the bishops suffered rather than give even the tiniest pinch of incence to the Emperor's worship. They encouraged the believers to stand firm & accept death rather than compromise at all. This bunch we have seems to grab the incense by the shovelful and set it alight themselves! This is, no doubt, causing their distiguished predecessors to spin in their catacomb niches like rotisserie chickens.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2005 12:13 PM ET USA

    And yet another hag in power...why do we let them tell us how we will live our lives and raise our children? Men, will you please develope some spine?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 17, 2005 1:33 PM ET USA

    Its all about the children!

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Sep. 16, 2005 8:29 PM ET USA

    Keep the heat on. Turn it up higher. As much as I hate to say it, there are so many bishops who are gutless wonders. Get the word out to the press, the Internet, wherever it is public. Unfortunately, things are done in the American Catholic Church sometimes only when something becomes an embarrassment made public in the media. An ultimatum: Either Kettelkamp publicly renounces Smeal's group or the bishops renounce her with a pink slip.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Sep. 16, 2005 4:59 PM ET USA

    I say, cut to the chase. We know that the "American Catholic" Bishops won't do the right thing...sooooo....if you have connections, get a solid reporter (could even be secular) to ask her about her connection to the Feminist Majority Foundation and if she supports the totality of their agenda. Specifically, }Ms. Kettelkamp, Do you support the 'right' to abortion as does Eleanor Smeal and the Feminist Majority with whom you are associated?" hmmm?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 16, 2005 4:24 PM ET USA

    Agreed, Eleazar. Let's get this one sorted out and presented to Rome, quickly.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Sep. 16, 2005 11:32 AM ET USA

    We need more information: Who hired her? When? How much is she paid? What has she really done for the Center for Women and Policing or the Feminist Majority Foundation? Is she even Catholic? Keep digging Di...we need the Truth!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Sep. 15, 2005 10:06 PM ET USA

    When is this stuff going to end!? Stay on this story Di. Maybe someone will listen. Saints preserve us!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2005 7:58 PM ET USA

    From the same folks that brought you Leon Panetta . . .

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2005 7:19 PM ET USA

    Hey she is probably giving the orders! At our FORMER parish here in Rogerworld, the pastor has turned the parish over to a raging feminist, who is openly pro abortion, pro contraception and publicly over rules him if he ever does speak up without clearing something with her. And he is a Roger favorite. My point it is that this stuff isnt just way over there at the USCCB. it's right here in our parish. We have met the enemy and he is us.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2005 7:00 PM ET USA

    The USCCB is a crutch used by weak bishops who are unwilling or unable to govern their dioceses with the zeal that God has a right to expect of apostles. Let the bishops abandon their fuzzy thinking and learn from the likes of St. Thomas Aquinas again and perhaps they will think the Faith important enough to defend. Let them value piety and reverence for God again and they can send the whole bunch of Teresa Kettelkamps packing. It is all such a disgrace.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 15, 2005 6:19 PM ET USA

    Catholicity, can you prove your final assertion? What evidence do you have for it?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2005 6:14 PM ET USA

    My byline should tell folks how to get the word out - keep the bright light of day shining on the subject. Write letters to the New Oxford Review. Burn up phone wires to any orthodox bishop that will listen. Include the papal nuncio. Write original letters to newspapers and Catholic congressional representatives. Ask "how can this be?" questions and keep it polite. This woman could be (is) a Trojan horse. Make it hard for liberal bishops to keep such a person around.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2005 5:42 PM ET USA

    Hey, don't rap the American bishops too hard. They're a fine bunch of guys! I hear that some of them even believe in God.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2005 4:16 PM ET USA

    The Ku Klux Klan? They wouldn't hire someone affiliated with Opus Dei, Regnum Christi, Priests for Life, or the Rosary Altar Society!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2005 3:38 PM ET USA

    Why am I not surprised?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2005 3:25 PM ET USA

    I would very much like to hear the explanation for this. But I don't imagine I ever will. I feel like Marvin the Android: "God, I'm so depressed!"