Anderson cites GOP Catholic overlap5 July 2012
Carl Anderson, head of the influential Knights of Columbus, cited Catholic social teaching as a way out of the partisan gridlock he said characterised US politics - but then highlighted only those aspects of it that align with the Republican Party platform, namely opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
In a speech at the Catholic Media Convention last week, Anderson, who once worked for President Reagan and Senator Jesse Helms, said the Church's "extraordinarily rich tradition of social teaching" meant Catholics were "uniquely positioned to offer a solution to our current dilemma".
Fred Rotondaro, head of the progressive Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, noted: "Anderson said not a word about fighting poverty, or protecting unions, or defending the elderly from budget cuts. He may work for the K of C, but he is still working for the Republicans."
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