Hillary Clinton Campaign Spokeswoman Mocks Catholics, Calling Catholic Faith “Severely Backwards” [see post]; Catholic Leaders: Hillary Clinton Campaign Officials Should be Fired for Mocking Catholics [see comment]

Hillary Clinton Campaign Spokeswoman Mocks Catholics, Calling Catholic Faith “Severely Backwards”

STEVEN ERTELT OCT 12, 2016

The campaign of pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming under fire today after top Clinton officials mocked Catholics, calling their faith “severely backwards.”

Yesterday, Wikileaks released transcripts of an email exchange entitled “Conservative Catholicism” between Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, campaign spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri, and John Halpin, a staffer at the Clinton allied Center for American Progress.

In the email thread Halpin mocks News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thompson, Managing Editor of Wall Street Journal, for raising their kids Catholic.

Halpin writes about these Catholics: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy…”

Clinton spokesperson Palmieri agreed: “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

Halpin replied: “Excellent point. They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.”

Brian Burch, the head of the pro-life group CathlicVote, is livid and is calling on these top Clinton campaign officials to be fired.

“Aside from their blatant bigotry and ignorance about the philosophy and social teachings of Catholicism, does anyone notice a pattern here?” he asked. “Hillary has already called half of her opponents’ supporters ‘a basket of deplorables’ and ‘irredeemable.’ Now we get a glimpse of what her staff and friends think about Catholics in particular: They mock Catholic converts. They ridicule Catholics for raising their kids Catholic. They call our faith ‘severely backwards.’”

“Make no mistake, had Clinton staff and allies spoken this way about other groups, they would be dismissed. Just imagine if Clinton’s spokesperson was caught calling prominent Muslims or Jewish converts frauds for embracing their faith and mocking them for doing so because it was socially acceptable,” Burch continued. “This morning we called on Jennifer Palmieri to resign immediately from the Clinton campaign.”

Even evangelical leaders like Raplh Reed of Faith & Freedom Coalition, are upset.

“I am deeply troubled by the emails within the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign that show senior campaign officials smearing and ridiculing Roman Catholics and evangelicals. This is anti-Christian bigotry, pure and simple. It is sad, offensive, and un-American,” he told LifeNews.com.

“It reveals a corporate culture at the Hillary Clinton campaign that tolerated the expression of bigoted and prejudicial views of people of faith. No one should be attacked because of their deeply-held religious beliefs, much less by senior officials of someone who aspires to the presidency,” he continued.

Reed concluded: “That Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chair was included in these emails and apparently raised no objection and made no correction to those in her employ is also profoundly disturbing. I call on Mrs. Clinton to apologize for this anti-Christian bigotry and discipline or otherwise make the changes necessary to remove this stain of anti-Christian bigotry from her campaign.”

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20 comments on “Hillary Clinton Campaign Spokeswoman Mocks Catholics, Calling Catholic Faith “Severely Backwards” [see post]; Catholic Leaders: Hillary Clinton Campaign Officials Should be Fired for Mocking Catholics [see comment]

  1. Catholic Leaders: Hillary Clinton Campaign Officials Should be Fired for Mocking Catholics

    STEVEN ERTELT OCT 12, 2016

    Leading Catholics says top campaign officials for pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should be fired for mocking people of the Catholic faith.

    As LifeNews reported, the campaign of pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming under fire today after top Clinton officials mocked Catholics, calling their faith “severely backwards.”

    Bill Donohue of the Catholic League says top Clinton campaign official John Podesta should be fired.

    In an email to LifeNews.com, Donohue said: “Yesterday, I stopped short of asking Hillary Clinton to fire John Podesta, her campaign chairman. In light of the latest Wikileaks revelations, she has no choice but to cut all ties with this man. The man is hell bent on creating mutiny in the Catholic Church and must therefore be fired.”

    “We have long known that George Soros is the single most influential donor to dissident, and anti-Catholic, organizations. Now we know from Wikileaks what I long have suspected: John Podesta has been the most influential point man running offense for Soros. Together, they have sought to manipulate public opinion against the Catholic Church,” he said.

    Donohue continued:

    In 2012, Sandy Newman, founder of the left-wing group, Voices for Progress, asked Podesta for advice on how best to “plant the seeds of the revolution.” The revolution he sought was an attempt to sunder the Catholic Church. Newman, who is Jewish, confessed that he was a rookie at trying to subvert the Catholic Church. But he was determined to do so.

    “There needs to be a Catholic Spring,” Newman told Podesta, “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.”

    Podesta not only endorsed the plan to create a revolution within the Catholic Church—he boasted that he had been working on this for years. “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this,” he said. “Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have be bottom up.” He recommended that Kathleen Kennedy Townsend be consulted on this effort.

    The evidence is indisputable: Both of these groups, Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United, were created by Podesta, and funded by Soros, for the express purpose of staging a revolt within the Catholic Church. In 2008, Archbishop Charles Chaput, then of Denver and now of Philadelphia, accused both entities of doing a “disservice” to the Catholic Church.
    “Any Catholic who thinks that the Podesta-Soros connection is just another activist alliance is kidding himself. They are creating and funding a campaign to promote a revolution in the Catholic Church,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association, told LifeNews.com that she is also not surprised by the Clinton campaign’s Catholic bashing.

    “The blatant disdain for and mockery of Catholics and Evangelicals in leaked emails from the highest levels of the Clinton campaign is sadly unsurprising. Let’s not forget that Hillary Clinton has said that religious beliefs “have to be changed” to conform to the Left’s radical agenda,” McGuire said.

    She added: “She has made her disdain for religious liberty and faith-based voters clear, and promises an administration that would only perpetuate the attacks on conscience rights of the last eight years. Catholic voters notice her campaign’s harsh words for their faith and should consider themselves lucky to have seen a preview of how a Clinton presidency would treat them.”

  2. Illuminati fop John Podesta and other liberal idiots plot to infiltrate the Church of Pope Bergoglio which they think is too conservative. How stupid does stupid get?

  3. Hillary needs to go away, I can’t morally vote for her, she is only interested in how much money she can make and power, she is no leader she obviously does not care for Catholics, it is not just her campaign people, it had to come from her.

  4. The Illuminati and anti-Christian secret societies are using Hillary as a puppet to destroy America and the rest of civilization. All you have to do is look at what they are doing to Europe. Hillary will do the same in the U.S. Marginalizing Catholics and exploiting liberal Catholics as “useful idiots” to support her anti-Catholic, anti-life socialist agenda, is just part of their totalitarian, Orwellian agenda. That they would use this dying, low-estrogen, pro-abortion hag reveals what they are about and how anti-Christian their agenda is. This is how depraved modern society has become – anti-Catholic secret societies trying to force everyone into a totalitarian secular dictatorship of abortion on demand.

  5. Meanwhile, His Eminence, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, says nothing. Must be out with the boys tossing down a few.

  6. CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS
    October 13, 2016

    Hillary is Now the Issue—Not Podesta

    Bill Donohue comments on Hillary Clinton and John Podesta:

    On October 11, following revelations that Hillary Clinton’s top aides were implicated in an anti-Catholic email exchange, I condemned the remarks. But I also said that she was “not responsible for this Catholic bashing.”

    Given the latest revelations—her campaign chairman, John Podesta, admits to being actively engaged in sabotaging the Catholic Church—she cannot escape culpability any longer. She now owns this issue.

    We know that left-wing activist Sandy Newman asked Podesta for advice on how to “plant the seeds of the revolution [within the Catholic Church].” Podesta replied that he is on it. To wit: He confessed to creating two phony Catholic entities, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United, both launched for the express purpose of upending the Catholic Church.

    What Podesta admits to doing is far more serious than any disparaging comments made by the Clinton team about Catholicism. Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary’s communications director, has been incredibly insulting, but Podesta’s role is downright pernicious: He is seeking to foment a “revolution” within the Catholic Church.

    If conservative Christians were plotting to sow divisions within the ranks of Judaism or Islam—setting up faux Jewish and Muslim organizations—there would be holy hell to pay. But when left-wing secularists seek to crash the Catholic Church, the media yawn.

    Hillary Clinton is now the story: She has done absolutely nothing about Podesta’s vile anti-Catholic campaign. She is an utter disgrace.

    • Memo to Uncle Bill:

      You’re right but you’re 50 years late, Buttercup.

      “But when left-wing secularists seek to crash the Catholic Church, the media yawn.”

      Bill, since you may have been on vacation between 1962 and 1965, it was TIME Magazine, fed insight poop by Malachi Martin, working under cover for a princely sum doled out by his rabbinic paymasters, that led the wolf pack intent on upending Catholic doctrine via rumor-mongering at the infamous un-council.

      That one-sided battle was lost by the Catholic Church, which is now under new management.

      • “… you’re 50 years late, Buttercup.” Great line!!!
        But at least someone on behalf of the Catholic Church is calling out the guilty parties in this latest disclosure.

        • Merci, Anthony but I use that “title” on occasion with a Marine friend and it was the first thought I had after reading Battlin’ Bill’s latest.

          He does do some real good but my former spiritual director, may Father rest in peace, attended a conference at which Donohue was featured. Father’s take was that the New Yawk-uh with a very generous six figure income needed some intense direction on the virtue of humility. Anyway, CL is right often enough, as long as one keeps in mind that its very much a protectorate of the USCCCP and NeoKathlyck establishment.

          • Wikileaks and selective outrage

            Louie Verrecchio
            October 13, 2016

            Emails recently released by Wikileaks reveal that Democrat Party leaders had a hand in creating the uber-liberal activist groups Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) and Catholics United (CU) in order to ignite a “Catholic Spring.”

            The emails, allegedly written and received in 2012 by John Podesta, head of the Hillary Clinton campaign, indicate that he helped to found the above mentioned organizations in order to foment a “revolution” in the Church.

            Among the progressive views for which CACG and CU are perhaps best known include those concerning such things as abortion, homosexuality, and wait for it… divorce and “remarriage.”

            As expected, this has effectively set much of the Catholic world ablaze.

            Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, for example, insisted:

            In light of the latest Wikileaks revelations, [Hillary Clinton] has no choice but to cut all ties with this [Podesta]. The man is hell bent on creating mutiny in the Catholic Church and must therefore be fired.

            Donohue went on to say:

            Both of these groups, Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United, were created by Podesta, and funded by Soros, for the express purpose of staging a revolt within the Catholic Church. In 2008, Archbishop Charles Chaput, then of Denver and now of Philadelphia, accused both entities of doing a “disservice” to the Catholic Church.

            Archbishop Chaput, for his part, described the recently revealed emails as “contemptuously anti-Catholic” before offering the following tongue-in-cheek suggestion:

            Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.

            Their indignation is, of course, entirely justifiable, but it must be said that it is also entirely selective.

            Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good was founded in 2005 on the twisted values and nefarious intentions that are presumably well-known to all.

            According to their website as initially configured and as late as mid 2016, their mission was stealthily stated as follows:

            Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good promotes public policies and effective programs that enhance the inherent dignity of all, especially the poor and most vulnerable. Our work is inspired by Gospel values and the rich history of Catholic social teaching as they inform pressing moral issues of our time. We accomplish our goals through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic media outreach, and engaging citizens in the service of the common good.

            Today, by contrast, their mission statement reads:

            Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) promotes the social justice mission of Pope Francis and the Catholic Church in American politics, media, and culture.

            We do this by educating our 65,000 members on how the social mission of the Catholic Church colors contemporary political issues, by communicating Pope Francis and the Church’s social justice values in national mainstream secular and religious media, and by working in alliance with other Catholic, faith, and social justice organizations in advocating for issues at the heart of Pope Francis and the Church’s ministry.

            So, what exactly has changed about the mission of CACG since the time of its founding?

            Is it their values? No, they’re still twisted.

            Their intentions? Of course not; they remain as nefarious as ever.

            The only thing that has changed is the degree to which CUCG is able to present itself as a papal advocate; in the present case, as a champion for the “issues at the heart of Pope Francis.”

            Let’s be perfectly honest; the claim is entirely valid.

            In fact, their current mission statement is disarmingly honest!

            And yet, Catholic “leaders” like Donohue and Chaput – even in the face of the blasphemies and heresies contained in Amoris Laetitia – cannot bring themselves to express an appropriate degree of outrage over its offenses.

            It can no longer simply be said that those who commit adultery are in mortal sin… God himself asks us to remain in mortal sin… Priests who expect penitents to exhibit a firm purpose of amendment are scrupulous… (cf Amoris Laetitia)

            Talk about contemptuous anti-Catholicism, mutiny and revolution!

            I ask you, who is more dangerous, a couple of leftwing political action groups that all but the genuinely ignorant and/or evil clearly recognize as subversives intent on undermining Catholic teaching, or the author of Amoris Laetitia who is doing so plainly?

            The answer is obvious; so too is the sheer hypocrisy of so many of today’s faux defenders of Catholic tradition.

    • The latest from Battlin’ Bill:

      CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS
      October 14, 2016

      Clinton’s Bigots Invoke Catholic Status

      Bill Donohue comments on the latest development in the Podesta-Wikileaks scandal:

      Hillary Clinton’s anti-Catholic campaign chairman, John Podesta, and her anti-Catholic communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, both claim Catholic status. Some are defending them from the accusation that they are anti-Catholic, arguing that Catholics cannot be anti-Catholic.

      Now we have John Halpin, Podesta’s left-wing associate, expressing umbrage at the mere suggestion that he, a Catholic, is anti-Catholic.

      Invoking one’s religious credentials to deflect charges of bigotry is a failed strategy. Bigotry is defined by one’s words and deeds, having nothing to do with the demographic characteristics of the bigot.

      In an email Halpin sent to Podesta and Palmieri, Halpin criticized Fox News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch, and Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson, for raising their children Catholic. “Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus,” he said. “It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy,” he added.

      After making these incredibly disparaging remarks, Halpin justifies his bigotry by trotting out his Catholic credentials. “I’m Catholic. My parents are Catholic. I went to a Catholic university. My kids were baptized by their Jesuit uncle and went to Catholic school when they were young.”

      How pathetic. Halpin is to be excused for his rank anti-Catholic remarks because he calls himself a Catholic! Has he ever heard the term “self-hating Catholic” or “self-hating Jew”? Instead of owning up to his bigotry, he takes cover under his Catholic tent. It doesn’t wash.

      Halpin is a small fry. The big fish is Podesta, the one who brags how he has orchestrated a “revolution” within the Catholic Church. He is not a Clinton volunteer or low-ranking staff member—he is the architect of her campaign.

      Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man is an admitted saboteur seeking to create mutiny in the Catholic Church, and she does nothing about it. She’s the real problem. The only way she can get this monkey off her back is to fire Podesta immediately.

      • Are they really Catholics or do they just pretend to be as part of the progressive Fifth Column of infiltrators they are caught discussing in emails? If they had a real Catholic Jesuit education they would know what subsidiarity and Thomistic natural law are about and they would never be supporting a totalitarian pro-abortion maniac like Hillary Clinton who wants to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortion pills.

  7. Once again the modernist prelate of Philadelphia fails to clarify the greater evil of Hillary’s abortion policies, as if there is no moral choice. If Trump loses the election because of the groping allegations and lewd locker room language, and Bill Clinton slithers back into the White House at Hillary’s side, along with Huma and Anthony Weiner, all barking and sermonizing about how shocked they were by Trump’s comments, the absurdity of this will be there for everyone to see. Kafkaesque. You can kiss the USA goodbye, along with the rest of civilization.

    Now these revelations from the emails about their anti-Catholic agenda will continue. She’s demonic and low on estrogen. Bad things will happen. Things will be a LOT worse for everyone – everywhere in the world – four years from now if that witch wins the election.
    How “moral’ is it to allow anti-Christian barbarian terrorists to enter this country unvetted? Because that’s what everyone who stays at home and allows Hillary to get elected will be doing. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans will die as a result of liberal multiculturalist open borders policies. Just watch. The terror attacks will happen if her insane non-vetting policies prevail.

    • It’ll be more than thousands because she will choose the bankers’ solution to the debt tsunami: War!

      • Of course that’s the game plan! The stage is being set for WW III. Isn’t the “media” beating the drum that Putin – like Trump – is “like Hitler”? I wonder how our “peace & luv” liberal clerics from H.H. Pope Francis on down will react when Hillary drops the bomb!

  8. A crack in the USCCCP dike?
    Head of U.S. Bishops Blasts Team Hillary for Meddling in ‘Internal Life of the Church’
    by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., 14 Oct 2016

    In response to the leaked emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, the head of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB) has issued a stern statement decrying efforts to interfere in the Church’s self-governance for “short-term political gain.”

    The statement from Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB, came after an uproar over revelations that Podesta had set up two “Catholic” dummy organizations to exert influence over Church teaching in the wake of the Obama administration’s HHS mandate and to bring about a “Catholic spring.”

    In leaked emails, Sandy Newman, founder of the left-wing group, Voices for Progress, asked Podesta for advice on how best to “plant the seeds of the revolution” within the Catholic Church. In response, Podesta boasted that he had already founded two organizations for this purpose: “Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good” and “Catholics United,” a group accused in 2012 of seeking “to silence the Church from speaking to the great moral issues of our age.”

    Kurtz suggested that Podesta’s actions constituted a breach of religious freedom, “one of the founding principles of our republic,” which ensures the right of faith communities to “preserve the integrity of their beliefs and proper self-governance.”

    If reports are true that “some may have sought to interfere in the internal life of the Church for short-term political gain,” Kurtz said, “this is troubling both for the well-being of faith communities and the good of our country.”

    In his statement, the Archbishop said that Catholics “expect public officials to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state. When faith communities lose this right, the very idea of what it means to be an American is lost.”

    On Wednesday, Catholic League president Bill Donahue said that while billionaire George Soros is the single most influential donor to anti-Catholic organizations, John Podesta has been Soros’ “point man” in this endeavor. Together, “they have sought to manipulate public opinion against the Catholic Church,” he said.

    Donahue demanded that Hillary Clinton fire John Podesta for his attempts to subvert the Catholic Church for political gains, in response to which the Clinton Campaign has dug in its heels, suggesting that the indignation over Podesta’s actions is a “faux controversy.”

    Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin has attempted to deflect the attention from Podesta, turning instead on Wikileaks.

    “By dribbling these out every day Wikileaks is proving they are nothing but a propaganda arm of the Kremlin with a political agenda doing Putin’s dirty work to help elect Donald Trump,” he wrote in an email.

    Meanwhile a group called Catholic Association has demanded a response from Catholic Vice-Presidential candidate Tim Kaine for the allegedly anti-Catholic stance of his ticket.

    The group’s president, Ashley McGuire, noted that Tim Kaine has made his Catholic faith an integral part of this campaign. “What does he have to say now that the curtain has been pulled back and the blatant anti-Catholicism of his ticket revealed?” he asked.

    “Catholics deserve a response to the mockery of their faith seen in the leaked emails from the Clinton-Kaine ticket from the candidate who has used his Catholicism when convenient to push a radical agenda,” said McGuire.

    • The Most Milquetoast Defense of Catholicism Ever from USCCB President

      POSTED BY MATTHEW ARCHBOLD AT 10/14/2016

      Look, I’m glad that the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is making a statement about the emails which show that the Democrat Party is working to undermine the Catholic faith.

      I really am glad. But they shouldn’t have bothered.

      Remember how when Mitt Romney spoke you kinda’ walked away thinking you agreed with him but you weren’t moved at all and you certainly didn’t feel that whatever he was talking about was all that important – even though it was. But that’s what you get when you get statement by committee. And that’s what this statement is from USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz. It’s a statement that you can hardly get through without yawning. Seriously, do not operate heavy machinery after reading this. And while it’s about a very important issue, you’d never know if by reading this statement.

      STATEMENT FROM USCCB PRESIDENT, ARCHBISHOP KURTZ: THE GOSPEL SERVES THE COMMON GOOD, NOT POLITICAL AGENDAS

      *The Archdiocese is sharing this statement on behalf of the
      United States Conference of Catholic Bishops*

      WASHINGTON—At this important time in our nation’s history, I encourage all of us to take a moment to reflect on one of the founding principles of our republic – the freedom of religion. It ensures the right of faith communities to preserve the integrity of their beliefs and proper self-governance. There have been recent reports that some may have sought to interfere in the internal life of the Church for short-term political gain. If true, this is troubling both for the well-being of faith communities and the good of our country.

      In our faith and our Church, Christ has given us a precious gift. As Catholics, we hold onto our beliefs because they come to us from Jesus, not a consensus forged by contemporary norms. The Gospel is offered for all people for all times. It invites us to love our neighbor and live in peace with one another. For this reason, the truth of Christ is never outdated or inaccessible. The Gospel serves the common good, not political agendas.

      I encourage my fellow Catholic brothers and sisters, and all people of good will, to be good stewards of the precious rights we have inherited as citizens of this country. We also expect public officials to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state. When faith communities lose this right, the very idea of what it means to be an American is lost.

      Politicians, their staffs and volunteers should reflect our best aspirations as citizens. Too much of our current political discourse has demeaned women and marginalized people of faith. This must change. True to the best hopes of our founding fathers, we are confident that we can and will do better as a nation.

      You see what I mean?

      What the emails from John Podesta reveals is that the Democrat Party is seeking to subvert the faith. That is a darn serious thing. And this is the statement we get? The head of the Clinton campaign looks down on Catholics as “backwards” and this is what we get?

      Come on.

      John Adams once said, “Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.” He was right. I don’t sense any dread from the USCCB’s statement.

      I’m not looking for fire tongued oration here but a little passion would be nice. Heck, I’d even settle for a little clarity. If you didn’t know what was going on you’d never know what he was talking about. And look, the mainstream media has done nothing to inform people about this scandal. Archbishop Kurtz said “some” seek to interfere in the internal life of the Church? Some? Name names! Is this the kind of defense Catholics should expect? If so, we’re in even bigger trouble than I thought.

      If you’d like to read a great response to the Podesta scandal, read Archbishop Chaput’s statement.

      Back in 2008, in the weeks leading up to the Obama-McCain presidential election, two young men visited me in Denver. They were from Catholics United, a group describing itself as committed to social justice issues. They voiced great concern at the manipulative skill of Catholic agents for the Republican Party. And they hoped my brother bishops and I would resist identifying the Church with single-issue and partisan (read: abortion) politics.

      It was an interesting experience. Both men were obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party — creatures of a political machine, not men of the Church; less concerned with Catholic teaching than with its influence. And presumably (for them) bishops were dumb enough to be used as tools, or at least prevented from helping the other side. Yet these two young men not only equaled but surpassed their Republican cousins in the talents of servile partisan hustling. Thanks to their work, and activists like them, American Catholics helped to elect an administration that has been the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers, institutions, concerns and liberty in generations.

      I never saw either young man again. The cultural damage done by the current White House has – apparently — made courting America’s bishops unnecessary.

      But bad can always get worse. I’m thinking, of course, of the contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team and released this week by WikiLeaks. A sample: Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed John Podesta, now the head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to ask about whether “the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage” could be the tinder for a revolution. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship,” Newman writes.

      Of course, Newman added, “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.” Still, he wondered, how would one “plant the seeds of a revolution”? John Podesta replied that “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this . . . likewise Catholics United.”

      Another Clinton-related email, from John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, mocks Catholics in the so-called conservative movement, especially converts: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.” In a follow-up, he adds “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what . . . they’re talking about.”

      On the evening these WikiLeaks emails were released, I received the following angry email myself, this one from a nationally respected (non-Catholic) attorney experienced in Church-state affairs:

      “I was deeply offended by the [Clinton team] emails, which are some of the worst bigotry by a political machine I have seen. [A] Church has an absolute right to protect itself when under attack as a faith and Church by civil political forces. That certainly applies here . . .

      “Over the last eight years there has been strong evidence that the current administration, with which these people share values, has been very hostile to religious organizations. Now there is clear proof that this approach is deliberate and will accelerate if these actors have any continuing, let alone louder, say in government.

      “These bigots are actively strategizing how to shape Catholicism not to be Catholic or consistent with Jesus’ teachings, but to be the ‘religion’ they want. They are, at the very core, trying to turn religion to their secular view of right and wrong consistent with their politics. This is fundamentally why the Founders left England and demanded that government not have any voice in religion. Look where we are now. We have political actors trying to orchestrate a coup to destroy Catholic values, and they even analogize their takeover to a coup in the Middle East, which amplifies their bigotry and hatred of the Church. I had hoped I would never see this day — a day like so many dark days in Eastern Europe that led to the death of my [Protestant minister] great grandfather at the hands of communists who also hated and wanted to destroy religion.”

      Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.

      In the meantime, a friend describes the choice facing voters in November this way: A vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots.

      In a nation where “choice” is now the unofficial state religion, the menu for dinner is remarkably small.

  9. Possibly; Archbishop “Sorry, Charlie, no red hat” Chaput has joined the chorus:

    Archbishop Chaput rips Clinton campaign efforts to change Church teaching

    Catholic World News – October 13, 2016

    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia blasted Clinton campaign officials in a heated response to the revelations that they had organized a drive to influence the Church.

    Writing in his archdiocesan newspaper, Archbishop Chaput said that he had encountered representatives of Catholics United in the past, and found them to be “obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party.” (Catholics United is one of the organizations that John Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign, disclosed that he had helped to establish, in emails made public by Wikileaks.)

    In a sardonic finale to his column, the archbishop wrote:

    Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.

    Nonetheless, I’m waiting to hear from Cardinals-designate Cupich and Tobin.

    • Only a report about the same two AmChurch (arch)bishops, Kurtz and Chaput; nothing yet reported about any other bishops speaking out – not by the neo-Catholic News Service or Agency or by the liberal Catholic or “mainstream” media, unless you look (or search the Internet) “hard” such as for the following, whom I specifically searched because of His Excellency’s reputation as a “culture warrior”:

      Bishop Thomas J. Tobin [of Providence, Rhode Island – not the Cardinal-designate of Indianapolis]

      October 12, 2016

      The Anti-Catholic Campaign

      According to numerous sources, recently leaked e-mails reveal the existence of a toxic anti-Catholic prejudice within the Clinton campaign. The messages marginalize faithful Catholics, ridicule Catholic beliefs, and promote ideological division in the Church. They call for the “end of a middle-ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.”

      In light of the widespread anti-Christian, anti-Catholic prejudice rampant in our culture today, should we be at all surprised by this vitriol?

      Remember what Jesus said: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” (Jn 15:18) Thus the words of the Scripture are fulfilled.

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