Faith Czar Towey Blasts 'Militant Secularism' at Catholic Men's Event

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Faith Czar Towey Blasts 'Militant Secularism' at Catholic Men's Event


Bush administration Faith Czar James Towey criticized "militant secularism" during a March conference for Catholic men in Boston.

Urging attendees to reject "militant secularism," Towey, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, implored the men to "reflect together on what it means to be a Catholic man" and added, "We are called to have a personal encounter with Christ. I would encourage you to be godly men."

Towey, a former attorney for Mother Teresa, denounced "a culture that is hostile to the themes of God," citing gay marriage, abortion and radio shock lock Howard Stem's profanities as examples.

"It's a purifying experience: the word of Christ," he observed.

The Boston Globe reported that about 2,000 men attended the March 19 Boston Catholic Men's Conference, an event modeled on the Promise Keepers rallies that are popular among fundamentalist Protestant groups. Other speakers included Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley, right-wing businessman Thomas Monaghan and actor Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ."

Similar to Promise Keepers meetings, the event featured an emphasis on avoiding sexual misdeeds.

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