Priests for Life has released the following statement regarding
accusations of anti-Catholicism against Gov. George Bush. The implication
that he is anti-Catholic has been made via automated phone calls going into
people's homes under the name of "Catholic Voter Alert."
While Priests for Life does not endorse any candidates, we do consider it
necessary to call for fairness.
Statement on "Anti-Catholic" Phone Calls
"As an association of Catholic priests, any form of anti-Catholicism is of
concern to Priests for Life. We object, however, to any candidate ascribing
anti-Catholic motives where they don't exist, or interpreting someone's actions
as anti-Catholic when they are not. We have no reason to believe that Gov.
George W. Bush is anti-Catholic, and every reason to believe that he has a great
respect for the Catholic Church.
"A candidate for the highest office in the land naturally must reach out to
every segment of society. The fact that one speaks at a university which holds
positions against Catholicism does not mean he agrees with those positions.
"We call on candidates and voters alike to focus on substantive issues rather
than unsubstantiated labels."
Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life