From ................ National Catholic Reporter

January 17, 1997

page 7

Reed clarifies endorsement

Ralph Reed, executive director of the conservative Christian Coalition, political organization tied to TV evangelist Pat Robertson, has rescinded his written endorsement of the book Earth's Two Minute Warning by John Wheeler Jr.

Reed's endorsement of the book, a fundamentalist tract on the end time that contains anti-Catholic interpretations of apocalyptic literature, has "raised questions" in some quarters, Reed said in a written release Jan. 2.

He said he

NCR, in an editorial in its Dec. 27/Jan. 3 issue, criticized the endorsement and the book.

Reed's Christian Coalition last year formed an offshoot called the Catholic Alliance. Wheeler was founding editor of Christian American, the flagship publication of the Christian Coalition and was listed most recently as "contributing writer and editor" on the magazine's masthead.