CV USA goes big on religious liberty, expands to Boston
Since it launched in June last year, Catholic Voices USA has focused on Obama’s HHS mandate, which obliges employers' insurance policies to provide free contraceptives and abortion drugs or face heavy fines. In the intense climate of the presidential election, CVs led by coordinator Kim Daniels have put the Church's case on television, radio, twitter and on the CV USA blog -- and compiled an invaluable collection of links to background reading on the topic of religious liberty.
CV USA has also been offering bespoke speakers' trainings. Ten representatives of the New York State Catholic Conference organised by its leader, Kathy Gallagher, headed to the studio of DeSales media group to undergo a comprehensive communication check-up under the supervision of Kim and fellow coordinator Kathryn Lopez. The training included briefings on interacting with the media, telling a story, and reframing a message, as well as mock interviews with professional facilities. At the end of the training, Kathleen Gallager later reported in the New York Catholic weekly The Tablet, “10 more Catholics were better equipped to plant seeds in the vineyard [and] to put out into the deep of the 24/7 news media cycle.”
Kathryn Lopez - pictured left in Washington DC -- with CV coordinator Austen Ivereigh -- writes:
Sometimes the beauty of the Catholic Voices model is that it can simply give people the confidence to do what they do, live what they live, even in front of a camera. It’s the reverse that we tend to be more aware of, talk more about, watch on display: The tendency to talk a good talk on camera but not quite follow-through on the walk. But these people who are doing the walking – doing it in front of a camera, too, or in an op-ed, or Letter to the Editor, are simply opportunities to walk with more brothers and sisters, to issue an wider invite, to open a window or that door someone maybe has been waiting for.