Catholic Relief Services personnel support Obama, Emily's List
September 25, 2008
Lauded by nonprofit watchdogs for its efficiency, Catholic Relief Services performs the corporal works of mercy on a massive scale. But articles earlier this year in Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic World Report raised troubling questions about the US bishops’ relief agency’s cooperation in providing information about condoms, resulting in an investigation by the US bishops’ doctrine and pro-life committees. An analysis of federal election records shows that Jennifer Nazaire – Catholic Relief Services’ representative in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea – has donated $1,100 to Emily’s List since 2005. Emily’s List’s sole purpose is to elect candidates who support legalized abortion to office. According to the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights, abortion is banned in the Central African Republic and permitted in limited circumstances in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. In addition, all eight of the federal election donors in the 2007-8 election cycle who identified themselves as Catholic Relief Services employees made contributions to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama. Most prominent among them is Mark Palmer, the executive vice President and chief financial officer of the $597-million agency.
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- Federal election donations (CQ Moneyline)
- About Catholic Relief Services
- 2007 annual report: country representatives (Catholic Relief Services, p. 27)
- CRS financial statements
- About Emily’s List
- The world’s abortion laws (Center for Reproductive Rights)
- Russell Shaw and John Norton: Church charity mandates 'full' info on condoms (Our Sunday Visitor)
- Germain Grisez: The Church betrayed? (Catholic World Report)
- John Allen on the bishops’ investigation (National Catholic Reporter)
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