Chris Korzen

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Chris Korzen is an American political activist and author. He is a co-founder of Catholics United and a co-founder and director of Maine's Majority. Korzen lives in Portland, Maine.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Korzen attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, graduating in 1998 with a B.A. in history.[3] He worked as an organizer with the Service Employees International Union and as a web developer, and later attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Korzen also holds a Master of Theological Studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1]

In 2004, Korzen and his fellow activist James Salt started the Catholic Voting Project, which later became Catholics United.[1][4]

In 2011, Korzen and Jack Woods formed an organization called Maine's Majority.[5][6]

Writing and media activism[edit]

In 2008, Korzen co-wrote A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good director Alexia Kelley. The book “reintroduced the concept of the common good into the national dialogue on faith and politics, as both a uniquely Catholic and American principle. A Nation for All helped to shape the national values and politics discussion during the 2008 election.”[7]

Korzen is an occasional contributor to the online publication Huffington Post.[8] His political opinion pieces have also appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, the Washington Post's On Faith blog, and the pro-choice blog RH Reality Check.[9][10][11]


Abortion and health care reform[edit]

While Catholics United "follow[s] church teachings to the letter" and thus, according to Korzen, teaches that abortion is wrong, Korzen believes that "one can pursue policies beyond criminalization of abortion that make that teaching present in the world", such as providing healthcare and economic assistance to families.[12]