New York, New York — Catholic and evangelical leaders of the Christian Right recently took an extremely important step in advancing their conservative agenda. At the end of March, the nation's largest and most politically active religious groups agreed to fight "sin" through political cooperation.
The statement, called "Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium," has several important elements. While it is an agreement to fight social evils, the statement goes beyond merely fighting secularism, abortion, euthanasia, pornography, homosexuality, the liberal media, and sex education. The leaders also urged their flocks to accept one another as Christian brothers and sisters, and to stop aggressive proselytizing of each other's flocks.
Signers of the unofficial document include Pat Robertson, Chuck Colson, Cardinal John O'Connor, and Rev. Richard Neuhaus. In all, forty Catholic and evangelical leaders signed the statement. Chuck Colson, who turned to evangelism after release from prison for his Watergate activities, initiated the project in 1990.
The historic declaration serves to consolidate the efforts of many already powerful independent groups comprising the Religious Right. In all probability, this may be the Religious Right's most significant move to date.