Kamala Harris: “to do the best work we can to give these victims dignity and give them a voice.”
As prosecutor in California, Kamala Harris tried to sell herself as tough on sex abuse — but victims of Catholic clergy tell a different tale.
Joey Piscitelli: “Everything just went down the tubes.”
Catholic Joey Piscitelli, a sex abuse survivor, was stonewalled at every turn when he asked Harris to release clergy sex abuse files in San Francisco. He and other victims accused her of covering up child sex abuse by pedophile priests after she received donations from high-level staff in the archdiocese of San Francisco, including lawyers involved in priest sex abuse cases who gave thousands of dollars to Kamala’s campaign.
Joey Piscitelli: “I would like her to produce one clergy abuser or one bishop that she’s even tried to prosecute.”
In fact, Harris was the only D.A. in the nation’s top 50 major cities to fail to prosecute even a single case of priest sex abuse.
While letting sexual predators slide, she’s zealous in going after Catholic pro-lifers.
David Daleiden: “Top Planned Parenthood executives met with Kamala Harris in March of 2016 specifically requesting that she use the law enforcement powers of her office to seize dozens of hours of unreleased undercover footage.”
Pro-life Catholic David Daleiden was first to expose Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in aborted babies’ body parts. While attorneys general across the country launched investigations into the abortion giant’s criminal conduct, Harris indulged Planned Parenthood — one of her wealthiest backers — by launching a political prosecution not against Planned Parenthood, but against the journalist and whistleblower.
David Daleiden: “It’s using the law enforcement powers of Kamala Harris’ office to punish dissenting thought.”
Harris has also said she wants to go after the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns who fought a successful legal battle against Obama’s contraception mandate.
While the Sisters won their case in the Supreme Court, Harris has vowed to relitigate the case if given the chance.
She also took steps in California to counteract the Sisters’ victory, sponsoring the Do No Harm Act, which would strip Catholic employers of the right to deny coverage for contraception as well as force them to hire same-sex employees.
But it was her naked religious discrimination against a judge that caused Catholic politician Newt Gingrich to say of her “[She] is the most openly anti-Catholic bigot to be on a national ticket in modern times.”
In 2018 she sent a written question to federal judicial nominee Brian Buescher asking about his membership in the Knights of Columbus, calling it an “all-male society” that rejects abortion.
Kamala Harris: “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?”
The question was met with immediate backlash, exposing her bias that one can’t believe in core Catholic teaching and work for the government.
Sen. Ben Sasse: “This is the same kind of garbage that was thrown at John F. Kennedy 60 years ago when he was campaigning for the presidency.”
Fr. Gerald Murray: “It’s not fair to say if you are a member of a Catholic organization, you are an extremist, because we don’t have religious tests in the United States.”
Harris also abused her power as California A.G. by obstructing the sale of Catholic hospitals in exchange for$25 million in political contributions from a union.
Six Daughters-of-Charity-run hospitals were being sold to Prime Healthcare, but as a favor to the Service Employees International Union, she intervened, insisting that the hospitals be unionized as part of the sale.
The burdensome restrictions led to Prime backing out — and all six struggling Catholic hospitals being shut down.
Prime sued Harris in 2017, exposing Harris’ backroom deal with the union, accusing her of unconstitutional abuse of office. Harris skated, the court granting her qualified immunity as a public officer.
Kamala Harris: “We have a chance to change the course of history.”
If trends continue, Harris may soon be in the White House. With her long track record of corruption and cronyism, there’s no reason to think she won’t use her heightened powers of office to crush Catholics under her heel.
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