Busts BSB Refers to BSB McFadden Post (UPDATE: CNA Makes BizzyBlog-Suggested Correction, Removes BSB Reference)
Running rings around Ohio’s media in the solid reporting department, including prompt and proper political party identification, here is a portion of the Catholic News Agency’s Wednesday evening report on the arrest of Eric McFadden (bolds after title are mine):
Democratic Catholic leader arrested on prostitution-related charges
The former director of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives for the governor of Ohio was arrested Wednesday for his involvement in an online prostitution ring. Eric McFadden, who has also formerly served as the president of the organization Catholics for Faithful Citizenship and spokesperson for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, will face seven prostitution-related charges tomorrow in court.
Eric McFadden, 46, the former head of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives for Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, was arrested this morning and faces two counts of promoting prostitution, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a nude minor and one count of compelling prostitution, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien told the Springfield News-Sun.
The News-Sun also quoted Keith Daily (sic), Governor Strickland’s press secretary who described the situation as “very sad, shocking and appalling.”
McFadden’s faith outreach has not been limited to the Ohio governor’s office. In 2004, McFadden worked for Catholics for Kerry and in 2005, served as the president for the organization, Catholics for Faithful Citizenship. In 2006, he was a spokesperson for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and more recently, he was Hillary Clinton’s lead Catholic outreach organizer as the State Faith & Values Outreach Director during the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
According to NBC 4 in Columbus, Ohio, detectives suspect McFadden was involved in a “hooker-review” site that led to the creation of a Brewery District brothel.
Police also believe that McFadden is a man they have been tracking who posts under the name “Toby.” Authorities have been searching for him over the past two months after busting a prostitution ring on Craigslist.
McFadden used complex encoded postings on Craiglist that would look like useless or corrupted data, in which he would embed the information of the woman available, the type of sex interaction she would be willing to perform and the place to meet her. Paradoxically, McFadden’s code name in his transactions was “mcfaddencatholic.”
….. Police also note that on McFadden’s online posts, he claimed to be the “guru” of prostitution in Columbus, Ohio. He wrote reviews on prostitution services as well as advice on how not to get caught, reports NBC 4.
….. Upon hearing of the arrest, the organization, Catholic Democrats reacted saying that it is “sad news” that a “committed Catholic Democrat” has been arrested under such accusations.
McFadden who has been a supporter of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described his Catholic outreach in 2007 on the Buckeye State Blog as giving “a voice to Catholics so they can stand up and say, ‘I am a Catholic Democrat, and I’m proud and these are the principles that I believe in.’” (Ed. Note — CNA later revised this paragraph; See UPDATE below.)
Additionally, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and reached the 4th order. Last year, he penned a letter to the Knights of Columbus asserting that Supreme Knight Carl Anderson was leading Catholics astray by suggesting that Catholics could not vote for pro-abortion candidates.
Before getting to the fun part, let me remind you, despite the howls from the left, that the idea that Catholics can’t vote for a pro-abortion candidate is not a “suggestion.” It’s a requirement for staying in the good graces of God and the Church.
CNA did mess up by misinforming readers that McFadden himself actually posted at BSB (not true, unless he had other posts; I have e-mailed CNA and asked for a correction; 11:00 p.m. – CNA has corrected; See UPDATE below). But CNA more than made up for that slip by providing details of what McFadden did and how he did it that the AP, to name just one example, took no interest in. Parents, spouses, and others who read CNA’s dispatch will possibly be alert to similar future efforts by criminal creeps like McFadden, of whom, sad to say, there is no shortage.
More obviously, it’s sad that the BSB poster, who mirrored the post at a now-dormant blog, as well as other Democrats, placed so much “faith” in a guy who was so obviously promoting heresy even before his double life was exposed.
Then again, promoting heresy is what all supposedly Catholic politicians who say “I’m personally against abortion, but I’ll never vote to restrict it” are doing.
It should go without saying but I’ll say it anyway: I pray that McFadden rethinks his core beliefs, does his spiritual and societal penance with grace, and gets right with his Maker.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m. (finished at 11:40 p.m).: CNA has revised the paragraph containing the original reference to Buckeye State Blog.
As noted above, it originally read as like this (now stored at host):
McFadden who has been a supporter of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described his Catholic outreach in 2007 on the Buckeye State Blog as giving “a voice to Catholics so they can stand up and say, ‘I am a Catholic Democrat, and I’m proud and these are the principles that I believe in.’”
Here is the revised version:
McFadden who has been a supporter of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described his Catholic outreach in 2007 to PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly as giving “a voice to Catholics so they can stand up and say, ‘I am a Catholic Democrat, and I’m proud and these are the principles that I believe in.’”
I appreciate CNA’s prompt correction. BSB should too, though gratitude has not usually been in plentiful supply there. Unless it occurred at another thread (which I doubt), McFadden never directly posted at BSB, nor was he ever interviewed by a BSB poster.
What remains, even separate from McFadden’s arrest, is that a BSB poster, much of his audience, and ultimately Ted Strickland, were all hoodwinked by the preachy party-line feel-goodness of an abortion heretic who claimed to be a legitimate Catholic. As noted above, this is not possible. Ordained minister Ted, of all people, should have known this.