Way back when groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good were trying to have a say in the 2008 election - with a decided Democratic Party slant - some concerned individuals in the Catholic Church contended that the groups seemed to be Democratic shills, and were supporting candidates and policies in opposition to Church teachings on issues such as abortion and contraception.
Those concerned individuals were called misinformed, alarmist, delusional, even paranoid.
The recent Wikileaks revelations confirm, however, that those who were concerned were right to be.
In an exchange between John Podesta, currently Chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign and a long-time Democratic Party operative, and Sandy Newman of liberal activist group Voices for Progress, Newman said. “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.”
Podesta responded that such an effort was already underway.
“We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this," he admitted. "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.”
This comes on top of earlier leaked documents involving Podesta in which Democratic Party supporters or operatives describe Catholics as "backwards" when it comes to gender relations (i.e. homosexual marriage, other sexuality issues, etc.) and as Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton Campaign's communication director, said, “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they are talking about.”
And, of course, Hillary last year when discussion abortions said, "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."
Really? Churches have to change their beliefs to fit her pro-abortion Democratic agenda?
Which brings us to this election.
Given these revelations, given the elitist and anti-Catholic attitudes present in the Clinton campaign (yes, VP candidate Tim Kaine identifies himself as a Catholic, but he long ago betrayed the teachings of the faith), can there be any doubt that a Clinton administration will target the Catholic Church and other people of faith to promote their pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-homosexual agenda? More attempts will be made to coopt Church groups and organizations, or to force them to capitulate. People of faith will increasingly find themselves threatened with loss of jobs, fines, lawsuits, and, I would not be surprised, arrest and jail.
The evidence suggests otherwise.
Pax et bonum