25 August 2011

USCCB Consultant Has Ties to Homosexual Lobby

This sort of news hardly surprises.  But someday, perhaps, the USCCB will note and maybe even care that its unstated policy of tolerating dissent from the teachings of the Church in exchange for political activism or political success is a failure in advancing either the temporal or the spiritual goals of the Catholic Church.

You lie down with dogs, you get fleas.  The milquetoast approach to the faith is decimating the Church.

U.S. bishops consultant has ties to homosexual lobby

by Christine Dhanagom

A consultant for the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, which oversees the controversial Catholic Campaign for Human Development, has been a public supporter of pro-homosexual legislation that was actively opposed by the country’s bishops, LifeSiteNews has recently learned.

John Sweeney, President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO, and a former five-term President of the trade federation, revealed his pro-homosexual position in a 2001 essay titled, “The Growing Alliance Between Gay and Union Activists.”

Sweeney wrote of his support for a 1983 AFL-CIO resolution condemning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

“At the time, I was president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which had sponsored the resolution. I rose to speak in favor of it,” he wrote. “And I am proud to say that the labor movement has since made many advances in the fight for gay and lesbian rights.”

Under Sweeney’s leadership, the AFL-CIO Executive Council issued a resolution opposing the 2005 Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have defined marriage in the United States as a union between one man and one woman.

A press release issued in March of 2005 by the pro-homosexual group Pride at Work praised the labor organization for their stance, and specifically mentioned Sweeney’s role in getting the resolution passed.

“It happened because of the strong leadership of President John Sweeney in bringing this resolution to the entire Executive Council,” said Pride at Work co-presidents Nancy Wohlforth and Josh Cazares.

USCCB President Bishop Wilton Gregory had supported the Marriage Amendment in a letter to the Senate, calling it an “important measure” that would “protect this vital institution that undergirds the well-being of spouses, children, families, communities, and society itself.”

In June of 2009, while Sweeney was still President, the AFL-CIO released a statement in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which banned workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

Again, the USCCB opposed the legislation, calling it a legal affirmation of “sexual conduct outside marriage,” and a “threat to religious liberty.”

Despite his outspoken support for positions on homosexual legislation that have been consistently condemned by the USCCB, Sweeney has maintained close ties with the bishop’s conference.

In addition to being listed on the USCCB’s website as a consultant for the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Sweeney co-authored a 2000 statement on U.S. Immigration Policy along with Roger Cardinal Mahoney and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, and worked with the USCCB in creating a 2009 document on health care.

He also co-hosted a reception at a 2001 USCCB meeting, participated in a Round Table discussion at a USCCB sponsored event in 2001 as a Member of the U.S. Catholic Conference Domestic Policy Committee, and received the Harry A. Fagan Roundtable Award at that same event in 2003.

Calls to the USCCB seeking comment were not returned as of press time.


Anonymous said...

Hoo Boy, Timman! Another hand grenade tossed under the tent, huh?

a lagniappe: Just added up the responses to your recent blogs. No effort to categorize individual comments, just response activity.
Let's see...


“Giving it a Think”– 27 comments
“Stopping By St. Cronan on a Sunday Morning” - 23 responses
“the Liturgical Problem in a Nutshell – part 2” - 22 comments
“Sneer Factor: The P-D and Bishop Finn” – 18 responses
“Meatless Friday Tuesday - Look to London for Gun Control” – 10 comments
“What Are the Instruments of Good Works?” – 10 comments
“Does Anyone Else Have a Problem with This?” – 8 responses
“Reader Interaction Time: You Write the Headline – 8 comments
“the Cassock Again” – 8 responses
“Couldn’t Happen in Missouri?” – 5 responses (six, actually, but one was ‘too inflammatory’ (?)).
Kudos to the St. Louis Review on Conscience Rights Coverage” – 3

Total S/L Commentaries: 133, (134?)


“What Are the Instruments of Good Works?” – 10 comments
“Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary” – 1 comment
“O Beatissima” – 2 responses
“ Sermon on the Feast of St. Louis” – zip, nada
“Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - and the other Timothy” – goose egg

Spiritual Commentary Totals: 13
Nothing sells like controversy. Right?


X said...

I thought the USCCB was part of the Homosexual Lobby?

Anonymous said...

Is it not bad enough that Sweeney was head of AFL-CIO? What is USCCB doing affiliating w/AFL-CIO? This is not 1930!

Peggy in IL

thetimman said...


Your observations tell me that progressives who identify themselves as Catholics yet who don't like/are embarrassed by/actively oppose/furtively oppose Church teaching are really sensitive about being called out.

I don't know that publishing a prayer, sermon or a reading really calls for much commentary, does it?

TLMer said...

We are all called to live in alignment with the Will of God. Those who are in positions of spiritual leadership should exemplify this by their words and deeds.

Anonymous said...

Once again, Timm, a faulty conclusion based on prejudiced observation!

Since it looks as if I’ve been selected as the resident ‘progressive’ (yet another conclusional boo-boo on your part), in this discussion, let me say this:

You can call me, and by way of the single representing of the whole, the St. Cronan community, anything you want. You see, the people at St. Cronan are more concerned with living Christ’s words and teachings, with their faith life, than with being concerned whether or not the altar cloth is the proper shade of red (a complaint voiced from one of your minions in a post last year, I think), or the chalice is pottery rather than gold. I know that doesn’t set well with you ‘traditionalists’….. but that’s okay. You have your way of making your faith journey, St. Cronan has theirs.

The difference, as I see it, is this: the people, the families at St. Cronan would welcome you to worship with them – in your way- and you would STILL be welcome as a fellow believer. I (most Cronanite Catholics, I think) would appreciate a ‘traditional’ Mass at St Francis, probably a number of times a year, would come to your festivals….if they felt they would be welcome.

But we don’t feel welcome.

What I get from this crowd is fear. Your fear manifests itself as angry, ad hominem attacks on ‘those devils and witches on Boyle’. Your fear manifests itself in self-righteous posts about your right to carry, and then trying to justify your decision by quoting “Church law’ on taking a life. Your fear shows through in your comments about your perceived ‘persecution’ of your religion by…well, jeez…. by EVERYBODY! By school districts by local, state, federal governments, by the British government, by the Protestants, by the Muslims….anybody who doesn’t bend a knee to the Pope.

You fear that the Roman Catholic Church is going to be swallowed up and lost in the morass of this world. And so you build this fortress to defend the FAITH. You build your straw-man enemies in order to strengthen your Church.

But the reality is that in all this passion to defend the Church, you lost sight of Christ. Your fear does more to strangle the Universal Church than ANYTHING the Boyle Avenue gang can do.
You own your fear. You cling to it.

Keep it. It’s yours.

I/we don’t need it.


JBQ said...

St. Cronan's lives among the trees. Unfortunately, there is a forest to worry about. St. C people identify with Robin Hood while there is a need for a sheriff of Nottinghamn.

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear cdg,

You are right that a good deal of fear is expressed on this weblog. However, you might try and acknowledge the extent to which the fear is real.

The Catholic Church is a very definite thing: it is a revealed and explicit set of truths and teachings which have been protected by the Holy Spirit. That same Holy Spirit guides the Pope and the Magisterium in their obligation to teach and defend these truths.
When these truths are publically ignored or publically scorned by the faithful it strips the Church of Her ability to save souls by having a definite mission.

In the past several years the St. Cronan community has rejected the following teachings which constitute, in part, the Catholic mission:

1.) Simulations of the marital act between members of the same sex through the use of their body parts as facsimiles for the complementary organs of a man and woman, this is an evil.

2.) The confector of the Holy Eucharist for reasons of sacramental theology must be male.

3.) The local ordinary, or bishop is to be respected. When he disciplines with an interdict forbidding Holy Communion to a sinner the parish community is not to offer her communion as a form of "solidarity."

The Cronan's community has responded to these truths and obligations by:

1.) Posting on their website letters claiming that sex between men is sacramental.

2.)Fully supporting the fake ordinations of women.

3.) Seeking the public embarrasment of the Archbishop by offering the interdicted Louise Lears communion and then publicizing the act of rebellion.

By these three acts and many more St. Cronan's has declared that they either are their own magisterium, or that they are their own religion. In any case they have made it clear that if they can call themselves Catholic after violating the sacraments, priesthood and church leadership then Catholicism means nothing and is captive to the will and whim of everyone who shows up at Boyle Street.

This I fear and so should you. Because this will lead to the evaporation of the Catholic Faith unless definitions are maintained by interdict and excommunication.

By the way, I think it's morally necessary for you to present your bona fides. If you are in fact a member of St. Cronan's say it clearly. If you are speaking for them as an "amicus curiae" so to speak tell us. In your last post you daintily avoided telling us if you were defending the parish as a member or as a fellow traveller.

Either is fine and if you wish to remain ambiguous that's fine too. But I'd prefer to know if I'm actually talking to someone who "has a dog in this fight", to quote Mel Gibson.


St. Guy

thetimman said...

StGuy and cdg,

With respect, I disagree that fear is what you are getting on this site, at least from me. You might get zeal, or a (hopefully righteous) indignation at how our Lord and His Church are treated by some. You might get a sense that I'm trying to warn or predict or whatever. Feel free to disagree with me or pity me or hold me in derision. But I am not afraid to be Catholic.

StGuyFawkes said...


Don't get the idea that I think this site is particulary dedicated to fear. There are too many lovely spiritual posts to make this a "fear site."

However, I must say that for my part, the continued dissolution of the Church's necessary role in society scares me. This weakening of the Church is due to her own failures. But it's also due to the meanspirited bond between the secular media and Catholic dissidents who are as synchronized as tag-team wrestlers, and just as eager to get in front of the camera in their strange shades and garb. This circus of progressive Catholicism I DO fear.

Each day the Marek Bozeks and Sister Lears grow in the glamor and estimation of the world and poor servants like Cardinal Burke are treated to defaming.

Call it anger, call it fear. In either case it upsets me.

St. Guy

Anonymous said...

“….there is a need for a sheriff of Nottinghamn (sic).” - JBQ

“….Because this will lead to the evaporation of the Catholic Faith unless definitions are maintained by interdict and excommunication.” – Mr. Guy

Do you boys have ANY idea as to how telling these statements are in proving my argument that the Roman Catholic Church is more about the exercise of power than of following Christ? Thanks for the illustrations.

“…Feel free to disagree with me or pity me or hold me in derision. But I am not afraid to be Catholic.” – Timman

Big T. No derision, here. No contempt. Certainly no pity. But I do respectfully disagree with you and the others about what it is takes to be a Catholic.

For me, being Catholic is NOT about making sure that all the Papal Ts are crossed, that the proper accoutrements are presented, the words are in their proper order. For me being a good “Catholic” has to do with my attempts to live by Christ’s example, (usually failing, I admit – but I try).

It also has to do with living as joyously as I can, reveling in the variety and wonder of this life. Life is too short on this earth to be worrying about whether or not I’ve displeased some archbishop (who probably wouldn’t know me from Adam) because I genuflected at the wrong point in his mass.

I’m not afraid to be Christian. In fact, it's kinda fun!

-peace and wahoo, ya’ll


Anonymous said...

Without entering into the fray on liturgy, this comment sort of misses the point about why we are here:

"Life is too short on this earth to be worrying about whether or not I’ve displeased some archbishop (who probably wouldn’t know me from Adam) because I genuflected at the wrong point in his mass."

The point of this life is not "this life", but where we will go after this life is over. The rest is just window dressing: sometimes fun window dressing, sometimes tragic window dressing, sometimes window dressing that leads to pain and mortification. But to let the window dressing overcome the quest for eternal salvation is the tail wagging the dog.

That is a temptation into which all of us can far too easily fall, whether traddie, charismatic, schismatic, or, um, novus ordomatic.