In the seemingly endless dump of Wikileaks documents – many that should give any voter great pause about what kind of person they are supporting in Hillary Clinton even in the absence of continued additional revelations – is the nugget that we heard about for a short time and got a few Catholics riled up until the next e-mail dump distracted us.
It is indicative of our AD&D age that we can’t seem to focus on a horrid thing that has been uncovered for more than a day. I mean, seriously, if Watergate happened today it wouldn’t even be a lead story in today’s news cycle. There would be somebody who brings it up, the partisans would argue that this is just politics, a few people would yell at each other on TV, and within two days we’d be on to the next thing. The numbers of scandals that have occurred since the Bill Clinton years and have continued to this day make the Watergate scandal look like a bouncy house on the White House lawn. That analogy probably makes no sense. This makes it perfectly apt in today’s political environment, because that makes no sense either.
“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,” Sandy Newman, president and founder of the progressive nonprofit Voices for Progress, writes to Podesta in an email titled “opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing.”
In response, Podesta assures Newman to rest easy for he and his progressive pals have already created organizations explicitly designed to infiltrate the Catholic Church with progressive ideology, though he cautions that the time may not be right for full revolution — just yet.
“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,” Podesta writes.
A scholar at the Left-wing Center for American Progress emailed Podesta in 2011 bashing then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for his Catholic Faith.
“It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith,” John Halpin wrote to Podesta, and Jennifer Palmieri, now the communications director of the Clinton campaign. “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”
“I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion,” she wrote. “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”
To the non-religious among us, this may not seem like a major issue. But this is a huge issue. It’s actually quite unbelievable, while unfortunately being entirely believable.
Everyone wants to focus on the bigotry and insults – that people are Catholic or not based not on beliefs, but to impress their friends, be socially acceptable, and for political reasons. That’s insulting, sure. And to call the devout Catholics backwards and in the same sentence berate evangelicals is head-shaking as well.
But the most incredible admission here is that two faux Catholic groups have actually been started for the explicit purpose of influencing the moral teachings of the Church for entirely secular and political reasons. I cannot overstate how diabolical this is. This should be utterly disqualifying to any person of any religion. We cannot reward leaders who view our Nation, founded upon Judeo-Christian values, with this kind of disdain.
I know this was in the news, but I want to challenge all the Christians to not forget this. Over the next three weeks we will see continued mudslinging and Wikileaks drops and debates. But this is not and should not be a dead issue in our minds even if the news cycle treats us like we have the attention spans of gnats.
Any political system or Party that actively works to undermine the Church is by definition an antichrist. (Not THE Antichrist – but an antichrist). Sounds harsh, I know, but we need to call a spade a spade. It is well known that Communists actually sent men to be seminarians for the express intent of infiltrating the Church. (e.g. See this book and this wiki page).
We have long accepted that this is self-evident evil. If we do not come to grips with the fact that today’s progressive Democrats are in the same bed as the Communists, then we simply don’t want to see what is self-evident evil in our own American political class. The tactics may differ (or who knows – maybe not. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we someday find that some seminarians have been encouraged to enter the Priesthood in order to further political liberalism) but the intent is the same.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – Pray for us.