Catholics Demand Apology From Minnesota Democrat Party Leader

Oct 27, 2010, 13:49 ET from Catholic Defense League

Mailed postcard is a shameful attack on the Catholic Church

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Catholic Defense League issued a demand to DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez to immediately issue a formal apology for a series of shameful political mailings denigrating the Catholic Church.  The mail pieces feature images that are clearly Catholic in their origin.  

One of the mailings features a Catholic priest in a Roman collar [a white tab at his throat] wearing a large button that reads "Ignore the Poor."

"The Catholic Church has a long tradition of outstanding charitable work," said Dick Houck, president of Catholic Defense League.  "For the DFL party to imply that Catholics don't care about the poor is despicable."

Some CDL members believe the mailing may be the Democrat's retribution for the Catholic Bishops' marriage DVD mailed to Catholic households in September.  Mark Dayton, the DFL-endorsed candidate for governor, supports legalizing gay marriage, a position that is a direct contradiction to the Catholic Church's teaching.

"I can't help but feel this was the DFL's way of trying to sling mud at the Church in response to the marriage DVD," said Ray Marshall, a CDL board member.  "We think this shameful tactic will ultimately backfire."

"Catholics know in their hearts the outstanding charitable works they do to help lift up people in need," said Marshall.  "The Democrat Party isn't going to win over any Catholic voters by slandering them as uncaring."

The Catholic Defense League is a lay Catholic apostolate organization dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church by protecting its bishops, priests and religious from unwarranted attacks or misleading information.  For more information, including images of all three mailings, visit  

SOURCE Catholic Defense League