As we enter the home stretch of a crucial presidential election...Catholics are fighting for Life on many fronts:
Catholic churches throughout Oregon we are told that it is "preferred" by the Archbishop to only use confusing USCCB "Faithful Citizenship" material.
Priests are "allowed" to do anything they want, this limits the options of many priests, so IRS Friendly info is censored.
Catholics have recently had their "Sanctity of Life" group disbanded by their priest.
VOCAL asks WHY THE CENSORSHIP?
Catholics are feeling like they aren't getting True Church teachings.
The Office of Justice and Peace, led by liberation theology follower Cat Willett is posting anti-Catholic "Platform for the Common Good" ...which is part of anti-Catholic Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
were just in the Archdpdx. Also "Father"Roy Bourgeois VOCAL
had the liberal "nun" and priest Fr. Bourgeois http://www.archdpdx.org/justice_and_peace/maryknoll-election-guide.pdf
who's part of Call to Action aka women priests, married clergy and homosexual promotion..VOCAL asks, Why are THESE ALLOWED AND NOT VATICAN ARTICLES ON VOTING AND LIFE?
Catholics feel like an outsider in their own churches. VOCAL asks ARE CHURCHES SERVING GOD OR MONEY? ACCORDING TO THE ARCHDPDX WE SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN "ECONOMIC JUSTICE" What about Catholic Collection Plate Justice?
Did Jesus become man and die for us for that the Church staff could continue to have their salaries, super benefits and Union representation?
BUT HELP IS ON THE WAY!!!! WE are going to have a Summit for Life...and address these issues. We are going to ask that CANON 833 be implemented to save Western Oregon Souls....Eastern Oregon has already implemented Canon 833 Read it and thank God that He has given the Body of Christ the answer. http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/teach/cdfoath.htm
We thank the Archbishop for faxing Governor Kulongoski with his displeasure at him attending the NARAL gala. We hope that Canon 915 (refusing pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving Holy Communion) will also be implemented.
We hope that the Archbishop will encourage the priests to speak out from the pulpit about the destruction of abortion without worrying about the backlash from liberal parishioners.
We hope that this means that the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Ministry will finally get funded, realizing that Cat Willett and the Office of Justice and Peace has, I believe, close to $100,000 a year in salaries, benefits, travel (she just went to the Holy Land), perks, retreats, and more....She is going to Churches pushing the US Bishops Faithful Citizenship.
HOWEVER, Oregon Catholics STILL remember how in the 2004 elections the, Oregon Catholic Conference, Bob Castagna and Anthony Granados had the Saul Alinsky group "Faith in Public Life", Interfaith Committe for Worker Justice, come into certain Portland area churches to do voter registration to targeted social, economic and racial groups. The same thing ACORN is doing in Ohio now...pushing the Democrat party, we believe....why else would they come in here wil the SAME NAME "FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP"... if not to go under the laity radar screen. Handouts available gladly......
We are so happy that Stephanie Block has been in Oregon last year to educate us as to the way Catholic money is continually being used to fund Alinsky groups that undermine the Catholic Church.
Thanks Stephanie...we thank you for your dedication to Holy Mother Church.
THE CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST.....
Obama, ACORN, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development
By STEPHANIE BLOCK
For nearly 40 years, The Wanderer has followed the Catholic Campaign for Human Development's funding of radical, left-wing political organizations, many of them carrying the brand of Saul Alinsky. The Wanderer
also covered the first Call to Action
conference — the months of " hearings" leading up to it, its orchestrated structure and contrived demands — and Wanderer reporters commented on the Alinskyian nature of it, not merely in its tactics but in its outcomes. In hindsight, we can see that organized dissent in the Church was a product of organized parishes, filled with Alinskyian-trained laity.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is responsible for that.
It is also responsible, in some part, for the fact that almost 40 years later, we have a virulently pro- abortion, pro- homosexual presidential candidate whose principal political training has been in Alinskyian organizing. While he — Barack Obama — was lead organizer in Chicago for the Developing Communities Project, it received a $ 40,000 Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant in 1985 and a $33,000 grant in 1986.
While he was in Chicago, Obama was trained by the top Alinskyian organizers. One mentor was the ex- Jesuit Greg Galuzzo, lead organizer for Gamaliel. The Developing Communities Project operated under the Gamaliel Foundation, a network of Alinskyian organizations that receive 4%5% of all Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants each year.
The Developing Communities Project, which hired Obama as lead organizer, was an offshoot of Jerry Kellman's Calumet Community Religious Conference. Kellman, another of Obama's mentors, was himself trained by Alinsky. The network of community organizations Alinsky founded, the Industrial Areas Foundation, receives about 16% of all Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants annually.
After Obama went to Harvard Law School, he returned to Chicago and taught Alinskyian organizing to ACORN staff. Although ACORN has a different structure than other Alinskyian networks, its tactical philosophy and worldview are formed by men who were trained by Alinsky, in a sort of diabolical apostolic succession. Obama ran ACORN's 1992 voter-registration drive, Project Vote, and in turn received ACORN's endorsement for Illinois senator. ACORN annually receives about 5% of Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants. (VOCAL - ACORN has received thousands of dollars from Oregon Collection plate money through CCHD until YOU got involved, still a lot of loose money around)
This translates into millions of dollars of Catholic money over the last four decades going into Alinskyian community organizing. Catholics generously gave their money to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection because they were told it would "help the poor."
Relatively little from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection goes to " help the poor." Alinskyian networks are political. They work closely with politicians — such as Obama — and other organizations that are fighting for abortion and homosexual " rights." ACORN's " People's Platform" has nothing in common with Catholic social justice teaching and everything in common with socialism. Gamaliel and the Industrial Areas Foundation teach liberationism, a form of " Christianized" socialism, among their members.
This has serious ramifications for Catholics. The Alinskyian networks operate ecumenically and include numerous Catholic parishes. The Catholics involved in the extensive trainings these networks offer are not catechized in Catholic principles of social activism or political analysis but in Marxist analysis and praxis. Their worldview is marred by visions of class struggle and perpetual revolution. They are systematically trained to renounce moral truth in favor of consensus- based " values."
Catholics trained in Alinskyian thought become confused about the comparative moral weight of the issues they encounter in the public arena. They also become confused about the legitimate authority of the Church, frequently imagining they can apply consensus- building strategies to doctrines and moral truth. They are the same Catholics who people the dissident Call to Action chapters around the country. (Call to Action...protected in Oregon by Church staff, VOCAL)
Ironically, they learned these confused ideas in their parishes, through Church- sponsored "educational" programs such as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development's liberationist "Poverty and Faithjustice." Because of this confusion, Catholics, who ought to be a powerful, consistent voice for moral values in society, are fragmented and ineffective. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development bears much of the responsibility.
A few bishops understand exactly what the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is and approve what it funds. Most, however, swallow the concept of its "helping the poor" and have probed no deeper. Busy about the Lord's work of minding their dioceses, they've trusted others to run the "social justice" offices. ( Justice and Peace Office...too much power, too much money...VOCAL.)
In this sense, the nomination of Barack Obama has been a great blessing. Even the politically naive are fascinated by the pejorative dismissal of Obama as a "community organizer" and his campaign's rebuttal that to disrespect community organizers is to disrespect Catholic Action. Obama isn't Catholic. Catholic thought hasn't subtly filtered into this ecumenical movement. Amoral Alinskyian thought, on the other hand, has clearly filtered into Catholic circles — to such a degree that some people confuse one for the other. Obama's nomination is a window of opportunity to explain — starting with the bishops — the difference between Alinskyian principles and Catholic Action. They and other Catholics should find materials about Obama's Alinskyian roots quite interesting. We need to be sharing those materials.
After 40 years of funding the bad guys, it's time to stop.
Editor's Note: We would urge every reader to contact his or her bishop and inform him of the contents of this editorial. In our estimation, it is the solemn duty of a bishop to inform his flock about the serious discrepancy between the official image of CCHD as an instrument to help the poor and the unfortunate reality that, too often, CCHD funds are used to promote secularist and Marxist-inspired political activism. — A.J.Matt, editor.)
"Why not deny Communion to politicians and laity who support the death penalty and the Iraq war?"
Answer: The Church has never taught, and does not teach now, that the death penalty and war are evil in all instances. But, the church has always clearly condemned abortion, sodomy, euthanasia, cloning, and embryonic stem cell research in all instances. Canon 915