John Carr is back, why Catholic social justice isn’t Marxist social justice

John Carr is back, why Catholic social justice isn’t Marxist social justice

Meet the new gang, same as the old

[He golden-parachuted from the USCCCP to Georgetown]

Your Catholic Week in Review (John Carr Edition!)

This time, the tip of the spear is a familiar face to those who have been following the now-seven year scandal enveloping the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) — with longtime social justice advocate and former USCCB staffer John Carr leading the charge. From Crux:

Carr, who now runs the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, told Crux on Saturday that if Catholics “got our act together, with our ideas, our people, our leaders, we’d be dangerous.”

Carr believes American society and the country’s politics could greatly benefit from the “good news that we have.”

“If we get our act together, we could provide an alternative vision of public life and show that care for the weak, the unborn, the undocumented, the old, the young, people without healthcare, people struggling to survive in the face of religious persecution, in other words, a common commitment to the defense of human life and dignity, offers not only a way forward for the Church but a path for our society,” he said.

Carr’s stated goal? How to lump Catholic pro-lifers into his social justice agenda. Sounds good at first until you realize the stuff of which Carr’s “social justice agenda” historically includes, which have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars thru the USCCB to radical homosexual “social justice” organizations.

Carr excused himself from the USCCB in 2012 after faithful Catholics (including myself) began to emphatically question Carr’s role in these grants issued to organizations such as Somos un Pueblo Unido — organizations actively partnering with groups such as Equality New Mexico in direct violation of the CCHD’s own grant guidelines.

Apparently Carr has not learned the lesson — merely shifted his hive of operations. And for his critics inside the Catholic bishops? Carr has this to say:
Nothing could be less helpful than business as usual. It doesn’t work. It doesn’t motivate, it doesn’t inspire. Francis offers us not only strong words but a humble way, and in so doing, offers us a path forward.

People who look at our Holy Father through an ideological lens, are really stuck in their own heads. This is a pastor, this is the world’s pastor, and he’s showing us a way forward by his authenticity, by his priorities, by his simplicity, by his courage.

Two charges here, both of which need to be dealt with in turn:

1. Catholics who defend the Magisterium are not the ideologues — John Carr and his cadres are. Let us be very clear here: faithful Catholics didn’t funnel money and resources to organizations that not only were diametrically opposed to Catholic moral and social teaching. John Carr did, awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars of Catholic money to “social justice” organizations, and overwhelmingly the recipients of these questionable grants were nearly all left-wing and politically driven.

2. Critics of the “pro-life + social justice” schematic are faithful to the Magisterium, not our heads. In fact, the ideological lens is the hope that somehow, pro-life values can be reduced to political ones, and the wistful hope that a failing social justice agenda driven out of fanaticism to Marxist principles can be made publicly acceptable by pretending fidelity to Christ. It’s Cardinal Bernardin’s “seamless garment” back from the grave after Pope John Paul II had buried the first time.

It must be said time and time again. Marxist ideas of social justice are antithetical to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Pius XI was clear as to what Catholic social justice truly means… and it has nothing to do with gay pride parades.

John Carr continues to be a camp follower of the political left, imposing his secular faith on our Catholic Faith. Lepanto is unclear as to whom precisely represented the pro-life movement at this meeting of the minds in Orlando, but one thing can be sure — the stalwarts were at home, doing the hard work the pro-life movement has always been known to do: praying, witnessing, saving lives, and working in the vineyard of the Lord on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

As always, please pray for the Church, for our bishops and priests, and for Lepanto’s mission as we continue to unearth the truth and “restore all things to Christ.” (Col. 1:20)

Christus Vincit!

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