Obama holds round table with religion writers
By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Barack Obama told a morning round table with religion writers [but why?] July 2 that he was profoundly influenced by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago when he worked in community organizing there in a project partially funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. [An interesting detail to include. You can read about the CHD here.]
Obama said his encounters with the cardinal continue to influence his approach to social issues that are important to the church. [How does this square with his approach to denying medical care to children who survived an abortion attempt.]
He also told reporters to expect a conscience clause protection for health care workers that will be no less protective than what existed previously. [Sooo... this was the reason for the meeting. He was suborning writers.]
The round table was held in anticipation of Obama’s audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican July 10. [Trying to soften the coverage?]
This President is very shrewd and does not do things like this for no small reasons.
The late Card. Bernardin was key player in support of the Campaign for Human Development which he helped to found in 1969.
The CHD gave $7.3 million to the Saul Alinsky-style group ACORN. In 1998 some Catholics raised their voices against what the CHD was doing. The CHD changed its name to Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).
In 2007 the CCHD gave ACORN $1,037,000.