WASHINGTON, July 30, 2004 ( – While the Democratic National Convention went on in Boston, one outspoken fan of pro-abortion presidential candidate John Kerry lost his $54,000-a-year job with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In March, reported that the program coordinator for the Secretariat for African-American Catholics at the USCCB was also running a website, “Catholics for Kerry”, directly challenging the USCCB’s policy.  Ono Ekeh, 33, of Waldorf, Md., an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention, has been asked to resign his position with the USCCB. Ekeh is unrepentant in his support for the radically pro-abortion Kerry calling the presidential candidate’s position, “pro-choice but not pro-abortion.” Ekeh has praised Kerry for not “taking orders from the Vatican”.

Crisis Magazine editor Deal Hudson originally broke the story in his weekly electronic newsletter. Said Hudson, “How can an employee of the conference go directly against (the church) … and publicly support a politician who has said repeatedly that he will approve only pro-abortion judges?”  Ekeh has attempted to politicize his dismissal.  Some twenty U.S. papers carried a story yesterday entitled, “Catholic official says he was forced out because of Kerry support.”  All the coverage mentions “the anti-abortion Website LifeSite” as adding to Ekeh’s ou(s)ting.

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