Matt C. Abbott
Catholic legislator is Master Mason; Fighting FOCA; Jesuits sued
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By Matt C. Abbott
January 17, 2009

A reader sent me an e-mail regarding Catholic legislators who are, or were, Freemasons.

One example:

"Nevada state assembly member Jerry D. Claborn is Catholic and about as blatant [a Freemason] as you can get," the reader wrote.

Indeed. According to his resume, which can be read by clicking on the above link, Mr. Claborn is currently a Master Mason of Lodge No. 32, among other Masonic credentials.

Mr. Claborn — and all other "Catholic" Freemasons — should know this: The Church teaches that "[t]he faithful who enrol in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion."

Here's an informative article about the Church's opposition to Freemasonry.



Here's some information about fighting the Freedom of Choice Act. Check it out.



Forty-three Alaska Natives are suing the Jesuit order, "alleging that remote Alaska villages became a worldwide dumping ground for clergy with histories of abuse," according to a Jan. 14 story in the Anchorage Daily News.

The 78-page complaint can be read by clicking on this link (PDF format).

Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., named as a defendant in the lawsuit, firmly denies the allegations.



Thanks to Bobby Murphy, program coordinator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood, who wrote:

    'I read your article on Al Franken, and I really liked it. There needs to be publicity about anti-Catholic politicians as well as 'Catholic' politicians who vote for abortion. People who respond negatively are either trying to intimidate you, or they feel threatened by your way of life; so have courage. Proclaim the Truth. Please know that I will continue to read your stuff, even if others do not. God bless you. By the way, great response to Jerry about trying to direct him to what exactly we believe.'

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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