Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Kathy Saile redux: the lady says she's pro-life (please, God!)

In the mailbox today printed in its entirety:


From: Deirdre McQuade, Director of Planning & Information
To: Diocesan Pro-Life Directors, State Catholic Conference Directors & Friends
Date: September 19, 2007
Re: CNS Interview with Ms. Kathy Saile, New USCCB Director of Domestic Policy

Today Catholic News Service published an article on Ms. Kathy Saile's recent appointment as the USCCB's domestic policy director. The full text of Nancy O'Brien's article may be found on the CNS website at: [here]

By way of background, posted a piece Monday that has caused much unnecessary confusion. It inaccurately implied that Ms. Saile had pro-abortion commitments.

The CNS interview clarifies that the talk she gave, rather than endorsing abortion, actually challenged the seven women in attendance to question the abortion rights "litmus test" for political candidates.

I trust the CNS article will help dispel any rumors that may be starting in your community about this important appointment. We look forward to working closely with her upon her arrival in mid-October.


I SO want this to be true and I pray it is. What's still niggling me, though, is the gaping lack of the words "abortion" or "children's right to life" in the CNS story.

As director of domestic policy, she will be the staff leader of USCCB efforts on poverty in the U.S., health care, hunger, housing, work, agriculture, the death penalty and other national issues, working with the bishops' new Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

I guess now I'm wondering: why the bleep is a "new USCCB committee" needed, and if it is needed, isn't abortion something a director of domestic policy should be worried about?

Watch and pray. (And by the way, don't shoot me for saying this, but I'm not always totally thrilled with LifeSight.)