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 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.”’
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.
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