NETWORK A ‘Catholic’ Social Justice Lobby?

Links updated 3/13/2012.

NETWORK’s director Sister Simone Campbell gets in trouble for supporting Obama’s pro-abortion health care reform bill.

A ‘Catholic’ Social Justice Lobby? | National Catholic Register Exclusives |

Network’s public letter of support for the Catholic Health Association provided additional political cover for the bill’s defenders, who argued that it preserved the status quo on federal funding of abortion.

A month later, the U.S. bishops and conference officials are still angry.

“In the past, we have worked with Network on immigration reform, and they attend some meetings of our coalition,” said Kevin Appleby, director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs at the bishops’ conference. “But working in a coalition requires trust. Network can’t have it both ways:  It can’t benefit from the bishops’ advocacy and then undercut them at a strategic moment.”

Appleby’s sense of betrayal was echoed by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., who recently wrote Sister Carol Keehan, the Catholic Health Association president, to request that the CHA drop a Catholic hospital in his diocese from membership. Any “association with CHA is now embarrassing,” he said.

Sr. Simone Campbell: “Amadinejad didn’t discuss Israel”

Sr. Simone Campbell, NETWORK
Sr. Simone Campbell, Director, NETWORK

Sister Simone Campbell is the director of NETWORK a Catholic social justice lobby.

Sister Campbell’s talk was dull.  All Saints Catholic Church in Portland is dull.  The architecture was dull.  The tiny crucifix (on a stand) was dull.

Why the heck does the Archdiocese of Portland need a social justice speaker in the first place?  I guess the United States Bishops are hen-pecked by the Catholic Feminists.  Women can’t be ordained.  I know!  Let’s throw out the Body and Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Savior — because he’s a male symbol of the “patriarchy” they hate and fear — and replace it all with Social Justice blather!  That’ll fill the pews!


No, actually, Sister, that’s “charity.”


Your Editor asked Sister Simone a question.

“On the NETWORK website [removed]  you reflect on your meeting with President Ahmadinejad during his visit to New York last year.  You write, ‘I think I was most touched by his comments about poverty…how…there is a denial of someone’s human rights.” [emphasis added]

‘Sister, how can you justify being touched by him when he wants to obliterate Israel?’

“He didn’t talk about Israel then.”

She didn’t want to discuss anything further and abruptly ended the conversation.


NETWORK’s Democrat Party Social Justice Platform

We at Fidelity and Action question NETWORK’s hyperfocus on “Government Action Needed for the environment, the ecology, and the environment. ”

This just in:  the Portland Archdpdx Justice & Peace ministry lists the platform [removed].  Wow.  Now that’s something all the Catholic Saints can certainly reflect upon why they were martyred!

Obama:  Orthodox Christians are Hijackers

Sister Simone gives lip service to Catholic social teaching but she is pro-abortion.  She has ties to Nancy Pelosi and the apostates Call To Action.

Thanks once again to Oregon Catholic Citizens for their contribution to this story.

Sr. Simone Campbell of NETWORK “Touched” by Ahmadinejad

Links updated 3/13/2012.

NETWORK is the progressive Catholic social justice political lobby of graying Left-Wing Catholic Feminists.  Be sure to visit their website and read its laundry list of issues they lose sleep over, like the federal budget and a fair minimum wage.

Its current director, Sr. Campbell, is in Portland to speak about – what else – social justice and the 2008 Election.

Sr. Campbell is pro-abortion based on her close alliance with the apostate organization Call To Action.

Announcement SEPT. 22, 2008, 7:30 pm ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC CHURCH, PORTLAND OR

“Sr. Simone Campbell, a gifted and faithful witness for justice and peace and a national and international leader for advocacy and reconciliation, will be this year’s speaker for the Theresa Willett Memorial Lecture at All Saints Church. The lecture this Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 will begin at 7:30pm.  The topic of Sister Simone’s remarks will be:  Faith Alive: Catholic Social Teaching, Spirituality & the 2008 Election. The time with Sister Simone should assist all of us in integrating our rich Catholic Social Teaching with the decisions we will soon make in the November election.”

SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL was among a group of Americans who met Iran’s deranged and dangerous President Ahmadinejad at Columbia University.

MY REFLECTIONS ON THE EXPERIENCE:   [removed but archived]  Simone Campbell, SSS

  • I know so little about Iranian culture, and I sense that the rest of our country is the same. I was amazed at the religious/theological context for the dialogue that was presented. After conversation with others who have more experience than I, it seems that the President got elected as a populist, but now he is having to move in academic circles. Learning has been respected in the Persian culture for thousands of years. Apparently academic disputation is highly valued in Iran. He is not adept at doing this and is a bit insecure about it.
  • In discussion following, I learned that the major religious leaders are the true leaders of Iran, and the President is actually quite far down on the power list. However, the U.S. administration keeps dealing with him as if he held the title in the same way as in the U.S. I understand that this is being dismissive of the religious leaders. Therefore, while they might not agree with President Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric, they are not moving to curb him
  • Of his comments—I think I was most touched by his comments about poverty and how where there is absolute poverty there is a denial of someone’s human rights.
  • Some of the questions asked were so culturally contained in an effort to connect at the human level, e.g. his fears, failings in Iran, etc. I don’t know how we get around this, but it seems unrealistic to expect him (or anyone from another culture) to respond to our U.S. human expectations of “bonding.”

Special thanks to Oregon Catholic  Citizens for contributing this story.