- Catholic Democrats
is enthusiastically endorsing Elizabeth Warren to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States Senate. Catholic Democrats
is a national organization, with more than 20,000 supporters nationwide, whose mission is to advance the rich Catholic Social Justice Tradition in the public square and in the Democratic Party.
"Catholic Democrats strongly endorses Elizabeth Warren on both moral and pragmatic grounds," said Steve Krueger, president of Catholic Democrats. "This election is about two worldviews of the role of government in addressing structural inequalities that infringe on human and societal needs and in creating opportunity - and jobs - for Americans in working class families and those living in poverty. In his Papal encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI said that the political path to charity is no less excellent and effective a path than the kind of charity we see from neighbor to neighbor. Like few other candidates, Elizabeth Warren has articulated a vision of a role of government that serves the common good. She advocates for a political path that will help address the moral issue of the 'scandal of glaring inequalities' that the Pope wrote of so movingly at the height of the economic crisis. We see this in her groundbreaking work that leveled the playing field for consumers with Wall Street and in advocating for a balanced approach to address our national deficit."
Prior to running for the US Senate, Warren worked with the Obama Administration to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to strengthen consumer rights and to prevent consumers from becoming ensnarled in complicated credit card and mortgage agreements.
"We strongly support Elizabeth Warren," said James Roosevelt, Jr., a member of the Catholic Democrats board. "Her record of championing the rights of the powerless is fully in keeping with the Catholic teaching and tradition."
Elizabeth Warren's approach to addressing the national budget deficit can be sharply contrasted to that of her opponent, Scott Brown, who has signed Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. That pledge commits Scott Brown to address the federal budget deficit by only cutting expenditures and not asking the wealthiest in our society to return to Clinton-era tax rates during which the economy experienced record growth.
Warren supports the Affordable Care Act and is opposed to efforts to repeal this landmark piece of health care legislation, whose passage represented the culmination of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's life work. She is also in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, which has been supported by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She will work to make it easier for workers to organize, which is the issue on which the Catholic Social Justice Tradition was founded. Finally, she supports a number of proposals - like investing in education, creating quality housing, and establishing more job training programs - that will help alleviate poverty and strengthen communities.
"In the race to represent Massachusetts in the US Senate, Elizabeth Warren is the candidate whose views best reflects Catholic views on inequality and fairness, the role of government, and creating a strong economy and communities," said Krueger. "It is gratifying to share our endorsement of her with the people of Massachusetts."