HRCer Phil Attey Launches
Useless Catholic Org
Phil was in a tizzy last year, with a web site ChurchOuting.org, since taken down, in which he meekly threatened/promised to out clergy working against gay marriage. Not a single priest was outed, but Phil captured some straight media and gay blogger attention for his efforts.
He has a new, recently-launched, and useless gay niche advocacy org, Catholics for Equality, and it's riddled with support from other HRCers, a matter upsetting others. Members of the Rainbow Sash Movement have created a YouTube video, and this note accompanies it:
There is some concern among Gay Catholics that Catholics for Equality are unduly influenced by HRC. There are ethical questions being raised about not only the vetting process being used for leadership positions, but also about the relationship between Board appointments and HRC.
The Spero News, a religion and values site, last month delved into key players at the start of the org and one board member:
For his part, Palaicos is a board member of Catholics for Equality and also political co-chair of the HRC’s D.C. Steering Community. [...]
Other attendees at the Catholics for Equality organizing meeting included Joanna Blotner, coordinator of the HRC’s Religion and Faith Program; Sharon Groves, deputy director for the HRC’s Religion and Faith Program; [...]
With Attey at the helm, a local HRC co-chair on the board, and two members of HRC's religious arm helping to launch the org, it's no wonder the Rainbow Sash folks are pointing out the heavy influence of HRC.
What is the agenda of the org? According to Phil's release, it is:
[T]o support, educate, and mobilize Catholics in the advancement of freedom and equality at the federal, state, and local levels for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered family, parish and community members.
Sounds like the HRC agenda, with the word Catholics thrown into the mix. Not sure why this agenda isn't already part of HRC's religious arm and why Phil just didn't go work for his old boss. Interestingly, a board member, Father Tony Adams, today on Bilerico explained a key missing component of the new org:
Personally, I don't like that fact that the group has decided that C4E [Catholic for Equality] will not try to change the Catholic Church.
Oh. Then. What. Is. The. Point?. Frankly, the Vatican must be quite pleased with what is not on the org's plate.