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Fmr. Obama advisor is the new leader of a 'Catholic' charity

Ben Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 19, 2012, ( - The new head of a Catholic philanthropic organization is a longtime Obama advisor and member of the Religious Left.

Alexia Kelley has been named CEO and president of the Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA).

According to its website, FADICA “reinforces a foundation’s Catholic values, family mission, and faith-based stewardship.”

Kelley takes her new position after serving as director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The committee is headed by Joshua Dubois. Like Kelley, Dubois favors an “abortion reduction” strategy focused heavily on promoting a social welfare state and other liberal economic policies

Kelley previously worked for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the organization that pro-life groups have documented sending Catholic collection money to pro-abortion, pro-homosexual advocacy groups

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The group she co-founded and led as the executive director, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG), released a study in 2008 that claimed additional welfare spending, particularly boosting the WIC program, reduced abortion rates. However, scholars disputed that claim, pointing out that the group cited incorrect abortion data to arrive at their result. Pro-life social scientist Michael New recently pointed out that no peer-reviewed study has supported the conclusion that welfare spending decreases abortion; many, he said, including a 2009 assessment by the Guttmacher Institute, found lower welfare spending reduces abortion. 

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League called CACG’s voter guide “a slick attempt to get the abortion albatross off the necks of Catholic Democrats.”

Kelley publicly supported 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and current HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 

Pro-life Catholics have long argued that the goal of CACG is to assuage Catholic voters’ guilt over voting for pro-abortion Democrats, while presenting left-wing economic policies as part of the Church’s “Social Justice” teaching.

Deal Hudson wrote that such groups should “use their leverage to remove the abortion-funding loopholes from the health-care bills, rather than looking for ways to justify them.” 

CACG ran into additional trouble in 2009, when one of its leaders, Robert Eric McFadden, was arrested by police for operating an online prostitution ring in Columbus, Ohio. 

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