Far-Right Catholics Outline Agenda in New Document
A group of ultra-conservative Roman Catholics gathered in Phoenix in October to release a new document demanding that U.S. church members vote only for candidates who agree with the hierarchy's views on abortion, marriage and other social issues.
The organization, called the Catholic Leadership Conference, drew more than 100 attendees from 22 states, as well as Canada, the Virgin Islands and Austria, according to a report issued by conservative Catholic activist Deal W. Hudson.
Hudson reported that among those attending were Karl Keating, president of Catholic Answers; Judie Brown, president of the American Life League; the Rev. Terence Henry, president of Franciscan University; and Domino's Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan.
Participants released a "Statement on Political Action" that reads in part, "The first obligation of government is the protection of innocent human life from conception to natural death" and calls on Catholic voters to "first make decisions about their votes based on the moral issues that are non-negotiable. First among these are the life issues. …