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Catholic Deplorables

 

My friend Jay Anderson comes out temporarily from blogging retirement to note the recent history of Democrats atttempting to control the Catholic Church:

 

In case you’re wondering, the “middle ages dictatorship” that is the Catholic Church and her Bishops is right there in the middle of Hillary Clinton’s so-called “basket of deplorables”. And the Clinton team had a plan to rid themselves of these troublesome priests by “plant[ing] the seeds of the revolution” against the Catholic hierarchy and its teachings via infiltration and subversion.

Some of us caught on to this plan a decade ago…
 

Vindication. Yes, an opportunity to gloat. To say “I told you so.”

Not a very pretty sentiment, but that’s about the only thing that could bring me out of blogging retirement (but only for this one post) in the electoral Annus Horribilis that is 2016.

So it turns out that what we knew ALL ALONG about the Soros-funded DemoCatholic front groups Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and its sister organization Catholics United was, in fact, 100% on the money. We have an admission right out of the horse’s mouth (or, rather, out of the horse’s leaked emails). I haven’t the time nor the inclination to get into a long retrospective detailing the war of words that I and other like-minded bloggers waged over several years — beginning a decade ago — against Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United. Instead, I will direct you to the links below, which will more than fill you in and give you a taste of what was being said and what was at stake.

In short, my part in this drama began a decade ago during the 2006 elections, when Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good published a Catholic voter guide that played down the priority given by the Church to traditional life issues in favor of a hodge-podge of issues straight out of the Democrat Party platform. At first, I began by just blogging about and linking to what others were saying about this mysterious group who had suddenly appeared on the scene in the midst of a mid-term election. As the evidence poured in, especially evidence that linked the group to funding provided by none other than George Soros, it soon became clear that Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good was little more than a front group for the Democrat Party and its efforts to blur the lines on life issues with Catholic voters.

And then, the week before the November 2006 elections, our own Catholic Chronicle — the usually fairly orthodox newspaper of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio — published a front-page puff piece on the efforts of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good in our own diocese to promote their vision and their voter guide (the story reported the efforts in a straightforward manner, without questioning the problematic aspects of the group and its voter guide).. The proverbial you-know-what must’ve hit the fan in the Chancery offices once the very orthodox then-Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair (now Archbishop of Hartford, CT) caught wind of it, because the article was gone from the Chronicle’s website within a matter of hours after it was published. Alas, it was too late to remove the article from the print editions, which went out the weekend before the elections on the following Tuesday to parishes Diocese-wide. So, in response to the Chronicle’s article, I penned a letter to the editor taking the Chronicle and the main protagonist of the article, Prof. Richard Gaillardetz, to task for the misrepresentation and manipulation of Catholic teaching. The Chronicle eventually published my letter, along with a few others disagreeing with the article and its timing, a couple of months later. Following the letter’s publication, the response from the Catholics in Alliance crowd was swift and predictably unpleasant. You can read the comments here for a taste. This war of words against Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United (and various offshoots like Catholic Democrats, etc.) went on for several years and took many twists and turns, which you can read about in the links at the bottom of this post.

In the end, it is my belief that, ultimately, those of us leading the charge against these groups lost that war (at least in the short term covering 2006, 2008, and 2012). Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United accomplished their aims of convincing Catholics that voting for a party that views government-funded abortion on demand as a sacrament, and that views the destruction of the traditional family as a prerequisite to achieving its policy goals and destroying the institutions — such as the Church and other religious people and organizations — that might stand in that party’s way of achieving said policy goals, was not only morally acceptable, but was, in fact, the MOST Catholic way to vote. See, e.g., Doug Kmiec.  “These groups are merely drawing attention to long-ignored issues of importance to Catholics,” some said. “These groups are doing the Church a service by focusing on the need for a ‘consistent ethic of life’,” they said (never mind that these groups NEVER talked about such life issues as abortion, euthanasia, or the sanctity of the family). Entire blogs were established for the purpose of propagandizing the issues that the DemoCath groups argued were being ignored because of Catholic voters’ allegedly “obsessive” focus on “a narrow spectrum of issues regarding family and sexuality” (i.e. the sanctity of life and the family). Sometimes, these blogs had well-meaning founders who definitely raised important issues for Catholics to consider when they were deciding how to vote, but these blogs often quickly devolved into DemoCath propaganda organs as certain bloggers and frequent combox commentators used those fora to press forward the agitprop that ultimately undermined the good of the Catholic Church and her teachings in favor of the pursuit of Democrat Party policy goals. Far too many Catholics who should have known better allowed themselves to be swayed by the arguments of those whose only purpose was to weaken the resolve of Catholic voters to stand for the Catholic Church’s teachings on the primacy of life and family issues, and instead were duped by these malefactors to trade that birthright for a mess of feel-good leftist policy pottage. And that party repaid them by, among many other things, suing nuns to force them to provide birth control in their medical policies. And, in response, Catholic voters had so weakened their resolve to stand for traditional life issues, that they re-elected the guy who has consistently attacked their Church. Which was the goal of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United all along. Today, there is no identifiable “Catholic Vote” left to speak of thanks to the likes of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United.

So, it turns out to be a rather bittersweet bit of gloating, at best, when I read the latest WikiLeaks email dump, which includes a 2012 email exchange in which HilLIARy Clinton’s current campaign chairman, John Podesta, openly brags about being involved in efforts to infiltrate the Catholic Church and foment a “Catholic Spring” (i.e. a bottom-up rebellion against the Church hierarchy and its teaching authority akin to the “Arab Spring” — albeit without the violence, one hopes — that led to revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Syria). The means of fomenting this takeover of the Church? Why, none other than Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United:

Hi, John, 
This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even though 98% of Catholic women (and their conjugal partners) have used contraception has me thinking . . . There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church. Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could happen. The Bishops will undoubtedly continue the fight. Does the Catholic Hospital Association support of the Administration’s new policy, together with “the 98%” create an opportunity? 

Of course, this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance, etc. Even if the idea isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would “plant the seeds of the revolution,” or who would plant them.

Just wondering . . .

Hoping you’re well, and getting to focus your time in the ways you want. 
Sandy 

Sandy Newman, President 
Voices for Progress 
202.669.8754 
voicesforprogress.org

_________________________________

From:[email protected]
To: [email protected]
Date: 2012-02-11 11:45
Subject: Re: opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing . . .

We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up. I’ll discuss with Tara. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the other person to consult. (emphasis added)

 

 

Go here to read the rest.  Stick around there for a while and read Anderson’s older posts.  If you want to see intelligent Catholic commentary on the passing scene, Jay Anderson can’t be beat, and it is a shame, although understandable, that he has retired from the blog grind.

In regard to the issue at hand, Leftists believe in their own interpretation of the first commandment.  I am the Left, thou shalt have no other gods but me.  Catholic leftists are, with a handful of honorable exceptions, Leftists first and Catholics fifth.  No truce with them.  Battle them always, and their attempt to turn the Bride of Christ into the Whore of the Democrat Party.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

30 Comments

  1. Great post.

    I just forwarded this to the Holy League chain.
    So called (c) atholics are preparing to elect another form of Obama. Another tape worm.

    Bishop’s..?…………………. crickets chirping. 🙁

  2. 30,000,000 women and girls have been aborted. Half of the 60,000,000 human beings destroyed are women and girls, the other 30,000,000 human being aborted and denied their human life are men and boys. …and they clapped. Must have been Alinsky;s radicals. The First Amendment cannot be changed by radicals or communists. The First Amendment can only be changed by three fourths of the states ratifying any change to our Constitution. That Hillary Clinton promises to remove our First and Second Amendment is the imposition of atheism and totalitarianism.
    The person is irreplaceable, and self-determining. “We, the people ” are made up of persons.
    Communists refuse to acknowledge God and the image of God in the sovereign person. Communism does this by obliterating the sovereign person, immersing the reality of the sovereign person into the masses and ignoring the person up to and including homicide.
    God does not contradict Himself. Hillary contradicts herself by seeking the vote and with promises to remove the person’s freedom to vote.

  3. Probably a bit more than half of those aborted were girls– there’s a known “sex bias” in second and third children for cultures that highly value having a son.
    Plus the women who end up dying from abortion related injuries, or killing themselves because they realize the truth of what happened.

  4. Donald u may recall I also tried to pull the alarm about the Obama Administration designs on willfully undermining the proper Catholic teaching authorities with their “palace coup” hidden intentions. Check back in your archives to my blog entry in 2012. I would distinguish the Catholic Left and the Catholic Right criticisms and moves as such: the Right is concerned that the pope or singular Bishops do not stray over the line of established doctrines and create temporary heresies. The Left seeks to obliterate established doctrines and replace the teaching authorities in the Church with liberal theology professors and liberal political activists and politicians. The Right is on guard for what makes for prudential judgment territory. The Left wants their judgments to be Catholic doctrine for all intents and purposes. The dangers of Catholic lapdog Vice Presidents like Biden and Kaine are reason enough to vote for Trump. The 8 years of the Obama-Clinton war on traditional Christian beliefs must be stopped. Trump is the only viable chess move at this point

  5. It appears in the general scheme of the current administration, much of the future the religious rights we enjoy now have been already decided by the “commission on civil rights” as outlined in the recent report.

    Full Report available here

    http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/Peaceful-Coexistence-09-07-16.PDF

    “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties
    A Briefing Before The United States Commission on Civil Rights Held in Washington, DC
    Briefing Report”

    and the quote by Chairman Castro

    ” COMMISSIONERS’ STATEMENTS AND REBUTTALS”
    Chairman Martin R. Castro Statement
    “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian
    religion.” — John Adams

    The phrases “religious liberty” and “religious freedom” will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia,Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance.
    Religious liberty was never intended to give one religion dominion over other religions, or a veto power over the civil rights and civil liberties of others. However, today, as in the past, religion is being used as both a weapon and a shield by those seeking to deny others equality. In our
    nation’s past religion has been used to justify slavery and later, Jim Crow laws. We now see“religious liberty” arguments sneaking their way back into our political and constitutional discourse (just like the concept of “state rights”) in an effort to undermine the rights of some
    Americans. This generation of Americans must stand up and speak out to ensure that religion never again be twisted to deny others the full promise of America.

  6. Kurt Schlichter, “You’re deplorable. You’re irredeemable. […] this sick old woman dismisses you from the company of those whose opinions have value, whose interests matter, who have any moral claim to participation in self-governance. You are less than nothing. You are vermin to be, at best, driven from society. Will Hillary Clinton ever be your president? No, and she makes no excuses and offers no denials that a Hillary Clinton presidency means the division of the country into those people she considers worthy and those people she does not.”
    .
    Keep deplorable my friends.

  7. Dylan said you don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows but I really did not know how coordinated it was.

    Luke 12 – 1 …..‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.

  8. Anzlyne.

    Bravo.
    God is in control.
    Not the beasties.
    They will suffer when they reach the point of no return.

  9. @HW: “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian
    religion.” — John Adams.
    The government of the United States and all free nations is founded on the self-determination of the sovereign persons who institute their government. Who has the civil authority to determine what another sovereign person believes or how the sovereign person refers to “their Creator” in FREEDOM.

  10. @HW: Why do you defend Hillary’s intent to dictate to all sovereign persons who institute governments how they will exercise their innate God-given free will and First Amendment?

  11. I think he’s wrong. The vast majority of self-identified Catholics who vote Democratic are anywhere but at Mass on Sunday. The one’s who are at Mass consist of people who (1) are not disarranged in the least by half-entertaining a jumble of inconsistent notions, and likely never read up much on anything or (2) are members of the church-o-cracy. Without a doubt 90% + of Catholics at Mass have never heard of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good or any like group and they hardly convince anyone who has heard of them. The audience for such groups would be people hanging around the church-o-cracy, and it isn’t to persuade them. An attorney I once knew had this to say about the criminal trials he’d participated in: “you don’t convince a jury. The jury makes up its mind in five minutes. Your job, as a lawyer, is to give your side on the jury the arguments they can use to defeat the other side”. It is amazing, however, the degree to which George Soros is the living embodiment of a Bond villain.

  12. Mary-
    That quote isn’t from John Adams.
    It’s part of a quote from a treaty.
    Specifically with Tripoli.
    http://www.usconstitution.net/tripoli.html
    Here’s the whole quote:
    Article 11.
    As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, — as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen, — and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

  13. Hi Art
    “Without a doubt 90% + of Catholics at Mass have never heard of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good… ”
    I think you are right about that – but the evil is more widespread. Our diocese collects for CRS and Campaign for Human Development. ..
    Our parish still gives out Advent and Lent meditations from Ken Untener, still sings campfire songs at mass and chides catechists not to say “disordered” when discussing morality and homosexuality with youth groups.

  14. Most likely a much higher percent has heard of “Catholics United,” it was just in places where you can’t fact-check or respond to them.
    Like the news paper. Or, for my area, a radio ad. They had a LOT of those on a few years ago, normal radio too.
    The impulse reaction is– hey, they’ve got to be really Catholic, or they wouldn’t be named that.

  15. The Americans hoped to avoid depredations by the Barbary Pirates. The stratagem failed.

    One of our earliest attempts at “no, really, we ARE NOT a threat to you.” (Given who it was said to, and their motivations, the meaning of “founded on” is very different than what the modern partial quote is used to imply.)
    Worked about as well as every time since…..

  16. Our parish still gives out Advent and Lent meditations from Ken Untener, still sings campfire songs at mass and chides catechists not to say “disordered” when discussing morality and homosexuality with youth groups.

    Well, you might ask yourself what’s in it for your parish priest or the lay staff he hires. You get a mess of people who want to be den mothers or social workers (or property managers), and that’s what you get. That’s the supply. If you want a gruesome example of what the demand is, the clientele of Charlotte Catholic High School (including the quondam religion teacher instigating the mess) show it to you. Up until 3 years ago, you could at least say that these characters did not have the Holy See. Now they do.

  17. Catholic leftists are, with a handful of honorable exceptions, Leftists first and Catholics fifth.
    –Donald R. McClarey

    I saw what you did there in your column. Cleverly done sir.

  18. What’s the controversy all about? Democrat values already permeate the Catholic Church. ‘Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good’ efforts seem redundant.

    The real question is where a ‘Catholic Alliance for the Catholic Good’. Now that is something we should get excited about.

  19. “… demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship.”
    “Dictatorship?”
    I’ll have to notice if there are armed Swiss guards and locked doors behind us at the next Mass I attend.
    Who, it must be asked is the “dictator”?

  20. The First Amendment can only be changed by three fourths of the states ratifying any change to our Constitution. .

    Don’t kid yourself. The First Amendment (any part of the Constitution) can be changed by the vote of 5 of 9 justices (so called; injustices would be more apt).

  21. @MdV: I think HW was quoting from Chairman Martin Castro, not defending Hildebeast. But the quotation marks are not completely clear.

  22. c mat. Any violation of our Founding Principles is a miscarriage of Justice. The Justices are not immune to their mistakes. All persons are free to leave or to have three fourths of the states ratify their opinion as law of the land.
    Miscarriage of Justice and incompetence is still a charge in a court of law. In Dred Scott, Roe v. Wade and Terry Schiavo , the victims became wards of the court. It is proper to inquire as to the where qbouts of our brothers and sisters.
    The Ninth Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
    Foxfier. Thank you.
    It is time to take our Catholic Church back from the community organizers who hold gay parades with our donations and create Heritage Girls instead of Girl Scouts, hold Holy Hours and Eucharistic parades throughout the cities, the cities that belong to each and every person in joint and common tenancy and insist that if our USCCB is not thoroughly Catholic that they may have to get a job to support themselves. “We, the people” are a community of Persons not to be amalgamated into masses for the communist dictators. oh I mean community organizers.

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