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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hillary's Faux Catholics

The astounding news that the Democratic Party had taken upon itself to undermine traditional Catholic doctrine is the most damning revelation produced by Wikileaks. It not only calls into question the qualifications for Hillary Clinton to seek the presidency but casts doubt on the assumption that the Democratic Party is fit to function in a free society. Are personal beliefs and convictions passe in contemporary American life? If the establishment of religion is role forbidden to government is it not also forbidden to those who would govern? John Podesta,  Jennifer Palmieri et al seem to believe totalitarianism is the logical next step down the road to globalism where only Islam will be unfettered it its quest for the hearts and minds of believers.
When did the Democratic Party get into the religion business? In 2005. According to Catholics United's Wikipedia page it was founded in order to provide Catholics such as then Senator John Kerry (and Senator Tim Kaine) a work around to advocate for abortion rights while remaining in good standing in the eyes of traditional Catholics.

Catholics United was founded in 2005 by Catholic social justice activists Chris Korzen and James Salt. It grew out of a 2004 effort called the Catholic Voting Project, which opposed Republican efforts to convince Catholic voters it was immoral to vote for U.S. Presidential candidate John Kerry because of his support for abortion rights

Not unexpectedly Catholics United, like most Democratic front groups, seeks salvation in gay and lesbian rights and clean energy. In electoral politics it has a perfect 0-4 record. In 2010 it dropped $500,000 on the reelection campaigns of Catholic Democratic Congressmen John Boccieri, Kathy Dahlkemper, Steve Driehaus, and Tom Perriello. All 4 had ridden the Obama wave into office in 2008 and were promptly dispatched in 2010 by the Tea Party wave. Also not unexpectedly it is headquartered in Washington DC. If one has a strong stomach one may like them on Facebook.
In a rather unflattering post the Catholic News Agency reported, "The education fund of Catholics United, a Democrat-leaning group that has clashed with the bishops on several prominent issues, received a grant worth almost its entire 2011 budget to recruit Catholic clergy in key swing states to support the Environmental Protection Agency.
The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave a $116,000 grant to the Catholics United Education Fund in November 2011 “to recruit and engage Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota” in support of the EPA’s “regulatory authority.”'

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) is a non-partisan, Roman Catholic, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the United States, which aims to promote "the fullness of the Catholic social tradition in the public square"

That's according to its sparse Wikipedia entry. This Washington based tax scofflaw shares the same birth year of 2005 as Catholics United and was founded by Tom Perriello, the aforementioned one term Congressman from Virginia who has served as the Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and the Congo-Kinshasa since 2015. It is currently headed Christopher Hale, a 20 something amateur theologian with good hair and sound teeth.
According to the Catholic Advocate both groups sought to soothe concerns about the abortion friendly language in Obamacare. By posing as legitimate representatives of the Catholic Church they gave cover to Catholic congressman wishing to vote for Obamacare. Catholics in Alliance also promoted “faith outreach” efforts, including “messaging work” for the pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius and the development of “faith-based messaging resources.”
Follow the money.

Despite their inability to engage in extensive lobbying, Catholics in Alliance has been extremely successful in attracting large donors. Never a friend to the Catholic Church, George Soros, one of the earliest donors, contributed $50,000 to Catholics in Alliance in 2005 and another $100,000 in 2006 through his Open Society Institute. Likewise, Smith Bagley, a major Democratic donor and fundraiser, whose wife, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, is Chairman of the Board of Catholics in Alliance, came close to matching Soros with grants from his family’s Arca Foundation. With a long history of supporting progressive organizations like ACORN, the Gamaliel Foundation, People for the American Way, and Planned Parenthood, Arca contributed $50,000 to Catholics in Alliance in 2007 and another $75,000 in 2008.

Rich isn't it? Planned Parenthood supports the Catholic Alliance.
Imagine what else Hillary and her confederates have in mind for American Catholicism. Not since Henry VIII have we seen this much government intrusion into religion.


  1. Great article. When I read that the Clintonistas proposed a "Catholic Spring" my thought was, someone's already beaten you to the punch.

    As someone who returned to the Church after decades of inactivity I was immediately struck by some changes that took place in my absence.The parish priest lamented the fate of undocumented parishioners and some Catholic group condemned state budget cuts. In the run-up to the 2012 election a priest stopped an anti-abortion group from planting leaflets on windshields of Mass attendees.

    I was saddened to see quite a few Obama bumper stickers in the parking lot and was dumbfounded to learn that our first jihad president would carry 52% of the Catholic vote. Obama might not be the antichrist but one could make the case that his values are the antithesis of Christianity. When the Pope started spewing the gospel according to Marx, I reduced my involvement to Easter duty.

    Leftists infiltrate and ruin everything, even mundane institutions like ESPN and the NFL. They have already corrupted academia and science and journalism. What's left to conquer? Religion might be their final conquest.

    1. Some years ago we had the pleasure of attending a Protestant Sunday service in Pensacola which is populated by a large contingent of retired Navy and Marine personnel. They sang God Bless America and another patriotic song.

  2. We used to sing God Bless America in a Catholic Church but that was long ago and far away.

  3. It's all about Jesus, IMHO, not man, and not politics and not the Catholic church which has a history (many years ago) of persecuting those with whom they disagree. With this pope, I think we are on the same path as then. Like I said, that's not who Jesus is.