Priest clarifies remarks, MCC position on tax plan

| April 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

On Feb. 18, I delivered the keynote address at the Joint Reli­gious Legislative Coalition’s Day on the Hill. I was invited to deliver that address and accepted the invitation several weeks prior to my assuming the role of interim executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Con­fer­ence until such time as a nationwide search identified a permanent director. I was speaking as a long-time member and supporter of the JRLC.

The March 3 issue of The Catholic Spirit printed a lengthy article on the day. I was more than disappointed in the headline that actually suggested it was an MCC event, and that the tax issue was the dominant theme of my presentation. It was not. I said very little of taxes. The text of my remarks is available on the website of the JRLC  (

Questioned as I was leaving the room, I was quoted as personally supporting Gov. Dayton’s proposal to tax the wealthy at a higher rate than the current one. The headline and its emphasis on the MCC led readers to assume that the MCC concurs. In fact, the MCC has taken no formal position on the governor’s plan.

Father David McCauley

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