Why Is the Catholic Left M.I.A. On LiveAction?


Tom Peters at American Papists throws a bright light on the Catholic Left:

I’ve been writing all week about LiveAction’s efforts to expose Planned Parenthood’s serial assaults on women.

I was curious to find out what the progressive Catholic blogosphere had to say about this story – a story which has garnered national headlines.

It turns out: nothing. They have nothing to say about it.

U.S. Catholic was busy with stories which contained headlines like “Celebrate Interfaith Harmony” and “Packers create scandal!”

American Magazine added a part 2 to its “Hindu Reading of the Sermon” series

Vox Nova is now asking “Did Mike Huckabee just defend ethnic cleansing?”

Commonweal devoted several posts this week to the situation in Egypt – which is completely laudable – but if they have time to blog about Mad Men, why not LiveAction?

Michael Sean Winters at National Catholic Reporter writes “Gingrich Barred from Catholic Colleges” and about Barbara Bush the Younger coming out for Same-Sex Marriage (I’m especially surprised at Winters’ silence, as he does normally care for the unborn and for common ground on the abortion issue. What is more common ground than saying abortionists ought not to exploit women illegally?)

Catholics United was simply inactive. Apparently threats to Obamacare are a five-alarm fire, but the nationwide abuse of women by the country’s largest abortion provider? Yawn.

Catholics In Alliance for the Common Good? Still in hibernation waiting for the 2012 election.

Catholics for Equality? They only care about their narrow version of “equality.”

Why do I bring this up? Obviously, no one has to write about anything. But all of these blogs claim to represent a solid Catholic perspective. Many of them particularly claim they are seriously committed to righting the wrongness of abortion. Many of them complain about the topics I tend to focus on, saying that focus makes me guilty of ignoring other serious human rights issues and abuses in our society.

And yet, when we are presented with one of the greatest opportunities in our lifetime to defund Planned Parenthood (as I have been urging) and to change people’s hearts, minds and awareness about abortion, the abortion industry, and the women it harms by simply talking about the crimes and abuses that LiveAction’s small, dedicated team has exposed…


I think that tells us something.

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  1. Andy says:

    I have given money to Live Action several times; they are doing a world of good, and as you point out, many ‘catholic’ organizations are ignoring this. Some that aren’t ignoring are pointing out that ‘lying’ to obtain your goals is wrong.

    I don’t think so.

    Keep up the good articles.

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