Democrat Resigns from Party, Cites Her Catholic Faith
In pursuit of the truth - cinops be gone - Monday, June 4, 2012
Thanks to Matthew Arnold for this article in the National Catholic Register, May 28/12
“Nardelli has been the focus of quite the firestorm in Pennsylvania because the thing is that Jo Ann Nardell isn’t just another Democratic committeewoman. She’s the president and founder of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, she was Vice President of the PA State Women’s Caucus, and was 1st Vice President of the PA State Federation of Democratic Women (she had been in line for the presidency of that organization in 2014).
“She met Hillary Clinton, gave a rosary to Joe Biden, and appeared on the cover of the U.S. News and World Report going to Church with then Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr. Nardell has always been a pro-life Democrat and felt there was always room for that position in the party.
“But she said that for the past few years she’s felt that the party was drifting further and further away from her. She said she never shied away from speaking about her Catholic faith or her pro-life views as a Democrat…
“In a letter of resignation to the Democratic party, Nardelli cited her Catholic faith.
“I respect all of you and all that I have achieved in the past. Due to personal matters and faith beliefs at this time, it is only fair to resign,” she wrote. “I will miss you all very much as you are all a part of the family; however, it is time to move forward with my life in a direction that is more in line with my faith.”
“She announced her decision at a press conference at the courthouse in Hollidaysburg and standing next to her was Monsignor Anthony Little of the local parish Saint Patrick’s in Newry.
“She said it started a few weeks ago, ironically as she and her husband were getting ready for Mass and watching “Meet the Press” when Joe Biden, a Catholic, cited his support for gay marriage. This shocked her. She said she’d always related to Biden. She said he reminded her of her father. But this announcement shocked her. And then, shortly after, President Obama announced that he’d “evolved” into supporting gay “marriage.”
“And then as a Democratic committeewoman she received her agenda from the party espousing the same position. “To stand up and agree and sign off on this I couldn’t do it,” she said, “So I talked to our priest.” While she didn’t say what they talked about, she said Monsignor Little warned her that she would be the focus of much criticism.
“His words have proved prophetic. Nardelli said she’s heard from people saying she hates gays or that she’s a bigot.* It got so bad that she started screening her calls. And she didn’t know who was calling to say something terrible or something nice to her. She said that even when Republicans called her, she’s afraid to pick up simply because she doesn’t know them. I’ve been a Democrat for over 40 years,” she laughed. “I don’t know any of the Republicans.
“She’s been shocked at how the story about her announcement has taken off with reporters… Nardelli says she simply had no other choice. When it came to choosing between her faith and her party, she chose her faith. “God is the reason for all being,” she said, “We have to follow our faith.”
George H. Kubeck, Pray that there will be many more Nardellis. In our fake culture, it is a badge of honor to be called a bigot* because one believes that marriage is between a man and a woman.