Our mission is to Educate, Motivate and Activate the Catholic faithful of the Oakland, California diocese. Called to be supportive instruments of social communication as defined in Canon law 823, Para 1, we will review articles on social and moral trends reported in the official diocesan publication, "The Catholic Voice." Our goal is to provide local Catholics with a fuller perspective on issues affecting their temporal and spiritual lives, empowering them to act in defense of their faith.

Monday, January 07, 2013

January 7, 2013.

The latest edition of the Oakland Diocese newspaper, The Catholic Voice, published today, has a front page insert notifying the faithful that the Diocese participated in a memorial service for the 131 Oakland homicide victims of 2012.  Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was quoted while addressing a gathering of 100 people at St. Columba's church that 2012 was a "tough year."

The report, continued on page 10 of the newspaper, states that during the year, a white cross bearing the name and birthdate, if known, of each murder victim is placed in front of St. Columba's. "We pray for a better day" said the pastor, Fr. Aidan McAleenan.

There are at least 4 major abortion provider clinics in Oakland eliminating larger numbers of human beings every week with at least as much accuracy and violence as those who killed Oakland residents with guns.  I'm sure many of those babies killed would have been residents of the St. Columba's parish perimeters. 


In another area of Northern California, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento was, today January 7th, the scene of the Sacred being used to elevate the Profane. Bishop Jaime Soto gave his permission for the Cathedral to be used for a routine honoring of the politically correct, i.e., the homosexual and pro abortion friends of the Assembly Speaker, John Perez.

The 7th Annual San Francisco Walk For Life will be held on January 26th. It has been announced that the Papal Nuncio who resides in Washington, D.C., Bishop Carlos Vigano, will be in attendance.

As usual the main focus of this Walk will be the terrible plight of the women who were forced to submit to abortions. There will be little or no discussion of what brought them to this situation, or who facilitated the idea that sexual impropriety was acceptable and abortion was the only alternative.

There will be no discussion of the enormous amounts of tax money funding the abortion industry, no urging of the people to oppose the government policy of exterminating the innocent but suspect children of the poor and undesirable populace.

The New Year edition of the Times proclaims that the pregnancy centers, rather than the abortion centers are winning the battle for lives. Don't believe it. Abortion and contraception is an accepted norm of California life even in the Catholic Church.

If abortion is to be defeated it must be a battle waged on the spiritual and physical battlefields. The church leadership must speak up with courage - the priests are constantly encouraging the faithful to be courageous.  The abortion funding in California must be eliminated and the restrictions on federal funding of abortion must be enforced. Schools must be forced to stop indoctrinating our children on the so-called right to sexual freedom and school counselors must be removed from the school if they instruct the students that sodomy and sexual liberty are rights that children should be free to exercise.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


                               RE-ACTIVATING OAKLAND DIOCESE WATCH

November 28, 2012

After an interval of 4 years during which a certain peace had descended upon the Oakland Diocese, it is felt that it is once again time to file reports on activities within the Oakland Diocese and within the USCCB in general.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Community Organizers.
For the last year or so there has been much discussion nationally regarding the distribution of CCHD - parishioner dollars - to groups such as ACORN and other non-religious based Community Organizations.  The reason for the sometimes heated discussion involves the inappropriateness of putting hard earned dollars in the collection plate during Mass time at the urgings of the Pastors and given by Catholics who are of the opinion that the money is going to aid Catholic organizations performing the corporal works of mercy.

 Much of the time the money is donated to groups which espouse the antithesis of Christianity and in fact, encourage at attitude of hostility to all things Catholic.

The realization that this is happening has caused an apparent drop in CCHD donations nationwide.  The Bishops, realizing that there has been a drop in CCHD donations have gone out of their way to assure parishioners that this situation has been rectified.

 A visiting priest at my parish on the day of the latest CCHD drive, Nov. 17-18, addressed the congregation at the beginning of Mass by reading a letter from an East Coast Bishop declaring that it is now “safe” to give money to the CCHD with the knowledge that it is no longer going to suspect non-profits.

Before being transferred to a new Diocese our own Bishop reassured parishioners that CCHD was cleared of suspicion, so to speak.

In the November 5, 2012 edition of the Diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Voice, vol. 50, No 19, The latest donations of local CCHD funds was published. It listed 4 organizations - three of them community organizing type groups tied to a nationwide Alinskyite agenda and one Communitarian “green” collective as receiving a total of $140,000.00. A Kmhmu-Laotian Pastoral Center  of Richmond received a mere $5,000.00 grant.

The Community Organizing groups operating within the Diocese are members cells within a West Coast collective entitled Pacific Institute for Community Organizing - PICO.   PICO, was founded by now deceased, Fr. John Baumann, S.J., in 1972. Baumann was an Alinsky trained community organizer.  It became apparent to both Alinsky and Baumann that if a change in Christianity were to be affected it would have to come through the churches, not just the secular community. Christians would have to be convinced that helping one’s neighbor to a better life required the assistance of the state and required the church to join with the state to bring this about.

In the 30 years that I have been analyzing California legislation public policy issues and legislation the name of PICO has often been present side by side with the ACLU and Planned Parenthood in establishing an expanded welfare and health care system including abortion, family planning and end-of-life decisions.

The article notes that the Pleasant HIll parish of Christ the King, Fr. Brian Joyce Pastor, is noted for being amongst the most generous donors with a total amount of $10,000 donated.

The parishioners are indeed to be commended for their generosity but one wonders just how much they understand of where their money is going?

The three Community organizing groups who received funding are:Oakland Community Organizing - OCO, their Executive Director, Ron Snyder, received  a lifetime achievement award during the fund granting dinner. Other groups are; Congregations for Organizing for Renewal - COR - of Hayward and a Berkeley Organizing Congregation for Action - BOCA.

A recent addition to this stable of secular non-profits is a group called WAGES - Women’s Action for Gaining Economic Security which received $40,000.00.  This is a secular employee owned democratically run collective, reminiscent of the Socialist Latin American collectives, offering training and income to immigrant and/or indigent Oakland area women in house cleaning opportunities. This is a part of a Network of Bay Area Worker Collectives, NoBAWC, referred to lovingly by its members as “no boss.” 

This group prides itself on everyone being equal, no bosses, no one making more than anyone else, everybody sharing and, of course, obtaining government funding as well for implementing the goals of the federal green jobs program.  Even though WAGES supposedly is an equal opportunity collective  agency it does have a salaried Director and an agenda outside of and unrelated to the cleaning of peoples homes and offices.

On April 30, 2012, the day before May Day activities, fm-97.1 radio station KALW, interviewed the Director of NoBAWC and author, John Curl who stated that “Capitalism funnels money into the hands of a few; cooperatives bring marginalized people into the wealth system just as certain European counties such as Spain, Italy,and Latin American counties.”  They consider themselves above the groveling wage earning masses by exercising cooperation not  competition.

Some of the groups also partnering with NoBAWC are the Mandela foods in the West Oakland Mandela Village, which some have described as having more employees than customers. Or, the Lusty Lady in San Francisco which describes itself online as spending their day working at their desks in the nude.
On November 18, 2012, EWTN’S Raymond Arroyo, Moderator of  The World Over Live Program, produced a segment on the recent 2012 Fall USCCB Conference, showing Archbishop Dolan at the podium addressing the gathering of Bishops.

Archbishop Dolan came in for criticism recently when he invited both Presidential Candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to address the Al Smith Dinner participants.

It was felt that the Archbishop evidenced a little too much political opportunism giving voice to Obama who is a decided opponent of all things Catholic while appearing to juggle good with the bad.

During this EWTN report the Archbishop was heard to suggest to his compatriots that a greater attempt at humility and temperance would be good for all Catholics.  He suggested a return to meatless Fridays as one way to show our Catholic faith.

Well, this struck me as humorous. Recently the Obama Department of Health and Human services came out with a pitch towards better health by instituting meatless Mondays. So can we again say compromise?  We have on the one hand a secular meatless monday and a Catholic meatless Friday.  That’s two days a week abstaining from protein of the beefy kind. This could only create joy amongst the environmentalists and Peta.

The same EWTN World Over Live Program produced a segment on a sad incident in Ireland. On October 28 a young East Indian pregnant wife was rushed to an Irish Hospital with a dire illness. She subsequently died from the complications of septicemia  apparently caused by a misdiagnosed miscarriage which had begun prior to admittance into the hospital.

The young woman’s name was Savita Halappanavar. She was 17 weeks pregnant. According to the news report published by LifeSiteNews, the woman and her husband requested an abortion which was refused because it was an inappropriate procedure to perform on a patient so desperately ill from blood poisoning. It would not have save the woman’s life nor that of her preborn baby.

Pro abortion activists in both Ireland and India are using this unfortunate situation to once again pressure the Catholic church in Ireland to concede to allowing abortions.

There is still a great deal that is not known about this situation and many questions as yet unanswered by both the reportedly grieving husband and his family all of whom have returned to India.

Stay tuned to this situation, more will be coming up about it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Abortion opponents protest U.S. bishops' 'support' for Obama

By Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Several pro-life groups held a candlelight vigil Nov. 11 near the Baltimore hotel where the U.S. bishops were conducting their fall general assembly, protesting statements made by some Catholic leaders who called the victorious campaign of President-elect Barack Obama a step forward in stamping out racism.

About 25 candle-holding activists braved the cold night air along Baltimore's waterfront to tell the bishops that Obama's support for legal abortion was more critical than any other qualities he might bring to the presidency.

They also called on the bishops to use their political clout in an effort to outlaw abortion in the U.S., shut down Planned Parenthood and rid all American schools of sex education.

Armed with a portable altar, an amplified podium, musical instruments and religious symbols, members of the American Life League, the Catholic Media Coalition, STOP Planned Parenthood, Maryland Right to Life and the Baltimore-based Defend Life also pushed for the bishops to punish Catholic lawmakers who support legal abortion by refusing them Communion or through excommunication.

"Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate to ever run for the presidency, yet 54 percent of Catholics voted for him," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League. "The bishops have said they will try and work with him. Archbishop (Donald W.) Wuerl (of Washington) said he wouldn't seek to deny (Vice President-elect Joseph) Biden Eucharist. Is it any wonder why 54 percent of the Catholic congregation felt like it was OK to vote for Barack Obama?"

Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops, sent letters of congratulations to Obama on his "historic election" Nov. 4 as the first black man to win the White House.

[NOTE: Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, existing eternally, of the One True Triune God, sitting at the Right Hand of the Father, did not "congratulate unrepentant sinners," but rather told them to "Go and sin no more!" Christ made it very clear that an act of contrition is worthless without a firm purpose of amendment! Moreover, I recall that Jesus Christ had more to say about the consequences of grave sin than any other New Testament figure. Accordingly, how can those who are supposed to be acting as an alter Christus (another Christ) unconditionally send letters of congratulations to someone whose resume is the complete support of the entirety of a culture-of-ETERNAL-death. Obama does not deserve congratulations from the Catholic Church for being the most pro-baby killing politician in the history of US politics to the extreme of seeing nothing wrong with killing children outside of the womb via his non support on FOUR, repeat, FOUR, occasions of Born Alive Infact Protection Acts designed to save babies who miraculously survived their botched abortions. Obama deserves condemnation from Holy Mother Church for seeing nothing wrong with allowing these babies to be left to die alone in hospital closets. If that would have happened, i.e., if we would have had a majority of Catholic bishops in more than name only resulting in a majority of Catholic voters in more than name only, Obama NEVER WOULD HAVE HAD A CHANCE OF BEING ELECTED!

Jesus Christ never congratulated the devil and his disciples. It is recorded that Jesus Christ did the following.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chapter 4

1 Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. 3 And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple,

6 And said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, 9 And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me. 10 Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve.

No congratulations are owed to the first Marxist Socialist, who sees nothing wrong with Stalinist tactics in silencing all opposition, being elected to the Presidency of the United States, regardless of whether he's black, yellow, red, or polka-dot. Rather, sympathy is in order for America, and a world that America influences, which will suffer the consequences due to the devil being firmly in control of the soon to be shrinking "free world."

God help us all, and before all of this is over, we all will be down on our knees begging for God's help! - Gary L. Morella]

Inside their hotel, during a lengthy discussion Nov. 11 on what an Obama administration and a Democratic-dominated Congress might mean to the U.S. Catholic Church's pro-life cause, several bishops expressed fears that potential legislation and executive orders may relax federal policies related to abortion and embryonic stem-cell research.

Cardinal George said the church's position on abortion is clear, that it is evil and all Catholics should voice their opposition to it.

However, Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco said there is no unilateral rule that forbids U.S. Catholic politicians who vote in favor of legal abortion measures from receiving Communion, and said the decision of who should or shouldn't receive the Eucharist should be "left up to the pastoral sensitivity, to the individual bishop" of each diocese.

[NOTE: Niederauer has already shown his true colors many times over. His statement above shows a callous disregard for the committing of sacrilege on the part of pro-baby killing heretical apostates masquerading as Catholic. "There is no unilateral rule...." What about the only reason for the Catholic Church's existence, Niederauer, i.e., getting souls to Heaven, not to hell? That's about as straightforward a rule as you can get in accord with Christ's words at the end of Matthew's Gospel to convert the world to the Church that He founded upon Peter the Rock for salvation's sake! But Niederauer has proven to be one of the aforementioned apostates wearing masks. How else can his actions in the following links be explained?

Incredible Scandal as San Francisco Archbishop Niederauer's Apology Covers for Sodomy at MHR Parish

Chronicles of a Shameless Archbishop

You and your ilk are not fooling any Catholics in more than name only, Niederauer! They've caught your act too many times! We pray for your conversion to the one true faith. Barring that, we pray for the removal of you, and all those like you from positions of authority, in particular from the episcopate, who are destroying the Church from within. We do that for the sake of the souls of all concerned, not the least of which are your own! For your information, Niederauer, you have no credibility Those who have eyes to see, ears to hear, and are still capable of rational thought, i.e., right reason in accord with the Teaching Magisterium of Holy Mother Church on faith and morals, can easily discern wolves from sheep. And you and your ilk, Mr. Niederauer, are a member of the former group! - Gary L. Morella]

Sedlak told those participating in the protest that thousands of Catholics are confused because they witness politicians who support legal abortion going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist on a regular basis.

"This is in direct conflict with canon law," he said. "These politicians are guilty of the gravest of sins -- facilitating the death of innocent children -- and yet so many present themselves for Communion week after week. It's causing scandal and confusion in the church and this must cease."

During a press conference Nov. 11, Cardinal George said there is much debate about this particular canon, because some argue that a Catholic politician may only be guilty of formal cooperation in evil if he promotes the killing of innocent life and not by merely voting to keep the abortion procedure legal.

Jack Ames, president of Defend Life, called the bishops' choice of a venue for their fall assembly disrespectful because the hotel borders Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood where "two Catholic pro-abortion members of Congress" -- Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland -- grew up.

Ames also took the opportunity to point out that Maryland's Catholic Gov. Martin O'Malley is an advocate of legal abortion and that he, Pelosi and Mikulski regularly receive Communion.

Marie Hahnenberg, a researcher for STOP Planned Parenthood, also urged the bishops to use their influence to close down Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide.

Hahnenberg said Planned Parenthood routinely counsels its clients to have abortions and promotes teaching sex education to kindergartners in an effort to "turn them into future clients."

A smaller group of protesters organized by Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry also gathered in front of the bishop's Baltimore venue Nov. 9-10.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Systemic Wars:
CCHD funded Change Agents

By Stephanie Block

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development [CCHD] uses a diagram with two footprints to explain its work. One footprint says “Direct Services” and lists good works such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless. The other footprint is labeled “Social Change” and lists, among other things, legislative networking, advocacy, and community organizing. “You need both to walk,” the diagram explains [CCHD, “Poverty and FaithJustice,” 1998, p. 20].
The distinction between direct services and “systemic” issues – the changing of problematic social structures – isn’t difficult to understand. One can translate through a pro-life illustration: We see a frightened woman about to enter an abortion clinic. She is threatening to “terminate her pregnancy” because she needs many practical things: diapers, rent money, a friend to talk to, and a place to stay. Those are the goods and services the prolife community offers her. They are celled “direct services,” that is, they respond directly to the immediate needs of this suffering human being.
Prolife people are also interested in “social change,” however. The problem isn’t only one woman’s moral choices. She has come to the abortion clinic because the society she lives in tells her that this is the right thing for her to do. It’s legal, for one thing. Her boyfriend and her girlfriends and perhaps even her minister have assured her that she’s making a responsible decision. In such a climate, pro-life activists must work not only to offer each troubled young mother an option to abortion but to help the people around her understand that the life of the pre-born child is precious. So long as there is a culture of death, the numbers of women seeking abortions will be high.
How do pro-lifers work to change this prevailing culture? They do several things.
Pro-lifers work legislatively – that is, they attempt to change bad laws and work for life-sustaining legislation, eyeing the day when there will be a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution protecting a human person from the moment of conception to the moment of his natural, God-ordained death.
They also work educationally – that is, by attempting to teach people about the horror of abortion, the humanity of the fetus, the practical options to a mother in difficult circumstances, and the beauty of chastity.
Lastly, and most significantly, they work spiritually – that is, with the prayerful and humble certainty that injustice is a fact of life unless every heart is turned toward God. Irresponsible personal behavior must be changed before the society at large will change.
That’s the ideal battle plan against abortion. It includes a response to the individual’s immediate needs and it works for social change. It’s a two-pronged, common sense approach to a complex problem.
Now, apply the same principles to another issue: poverty. Just as there is a community of people who are pouring out their hearts and goods to “stop abortion,” there is a community of people who want to “end poverty.” This is not only a good thing, it’s what those who follow in the footsteps of Jesus are called to do. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Christians have an impressive history of direct services to the poor.
Like pro-lifers, people who work to help the poor recognize that there are problems in the fabric of society that tend to exacerbate poverty. Irresponsible personal behavior or unfortunate circumstances such as ill health may be causes of poverty but it, too, may be rooted in societal structures – take the epidemic of divorce, for example. Any attempt to address poverty that fails to recognize societal structures imprisoning even responsible people in crushing situations will fail.
Added to which, there is certainly ignorance among some people who are materially comfortable about the problems the poor face. Like pro-life issues, poverty is complex and calls for both direct services and a gamut of legislative, educational, and spiritual responses.
Therefore, a Catholic examines the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection, which purports to “help the poor,” and wants to know how it accomplishes its mission. He does not ask this because he believes the Church should stick to direct service and eschew “social change” but because he needs to know that the changes proposed by CCHD grantees are something Catholics ought to be supporting. Are they commensurate with Church teaching?
What do CCHD grantees seek to change? How do they seek to change it? These questions aren’t academic. Catholics pour a lot of money into the CCHD.
Saying one simply wants to “change” is too vague an ambition. Libertarian, free-market capitalists and the card-carrying communists both believe their economic system will help the poor, and they work hard to change present structures to resemble the ideals of their own philosophies. Both have potential benefits for the poor; both have historically wronged the poor in unspeakably horrible ways. Neither adequately reflects the Catholic position.
So again, one asks, what is the change CCHD promotes and how does it seek to bring about that change?


The “how” it seeks to bring about “social change” is easy to answer. CCHD was created in 1970 primarily as a funding mechanism for community organizing projects in its incipient “Crusade Against Poverty.” Writing in 1989, Sanford Horwitt claimed:

As for the Roman Catholic Church, its commitment [to Alinsky-style community organizing, particularly the Industrial Areas Foundation] both in principle and funding is stronger than ever. Except within certain religious and activist circles, it is not widely known that the Church’s Campaign for Human Development expends most of its $8 million annual budget in grants to community organizing and related grassroots empowerment efforts. And many recipients of CHD largess are IAF-directed projects.[i]

These Alinskyian faith-based organizations are “seeded” with money so they can proliferate in parishes around the country. They, in turn, educate people in member congregations to engage in “civic discourse,” to understand how the game of politics is played - as they understand it - and to develop the courage to confront public leaders in issues of concern to their communities.
It sounds good, so far. The problem with Alinsky-style organizations is that, however well-intentioned their organizers and leaders may be, Alinsky’s philosophical understanding of what it takes to engage in civic discourse is extremely unethical. Specifically, Alinsky taught that the ends justify the means and that “truth” is decided by consensus.
From Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals we learn:

· “The third rule of the ethics of means and ends is that...the end justifies almost any means.”

· “The seventh rule of the ethics of means and ends is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics....There can be no such thing as a successful traitor, for if one succeeds, he becomes a founding father.”

· “The tenth rule of the ethics of means and ends is that you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments....Moral rationalization is indispensable at all times of action whether to justify the selection or the use of ends or means....All effective actions require the passport of morality.”

Elsewhere in his primer for radicals, Alinsky writes:

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it....By this I mean that in a complex...society it becomes increasingly difficult to single out who is to blame for a particular evil....One of the criteria for picking the target is the target’s vulnerability...as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the “others” come out of the woodwork very soon...the other important point in the choosing of a target is that it must be a personification, not something general and abstract...Many liberals, during our attack on the then-school superintendent, pointing out that he wasn’t 100% devil, he was a regular churchgoer, he was a good family man, and he was generous in his contributions to charity. Can you imagine in the arena of conflict charging that so-and-so is a racist bastard and then diluting the impact of the attack with qualifying remarks...this becomes political idiocy.

The “target” in question here, of course, is a fellow human being who has been unjustly demonized.
The contemporary IAF, far from repudiating Alinsky, has built upon his work: Mary Beth Rogers, in her book Cold Anger, writes:

All participants in the Industrial Areas Foundation national training programs are given a reprint of a 1933 article by John H. Randall, Jr. titled ‘The Importance of Being Unprincipled’...The thesis is that because politics is nothing but the ‘practical method of compromise,’ only two kinds of people can afford the luxury of acting on principle...everyone else who wants to be effective in politics has to learn to be ‘unprincipled’ enough to compromise in order to see their principles succeed.” (FN p. 214)

Then, there is the problem of Alinsky’s relationship to “truth.” Alinsky wrote: “An organizer working for change...does not have a fixed truth – truth to him is relative and changing.” So how does a community decide what values it will use to do business? Are those “other people” – the principled ones – welcome in the community or not? Truth by consensus is as problematic as an ethics that justifies its means by its ends.
Yet the contemporary IAF is confident of its philosophical base to produce good: “Ernie Cortes, a key figure in network [SW Regional Director of the IAF], pointed out, the IAF methodology bears resemblance [to the] ‘critical method’ of Karl Popper, philosopher of science, who argued for a view of ‘truth’ not as a positive assertion, but as theories formulated out of practice and aimed at problem solving that had not yet been refuted.” [Harry Boyte, Commonwealth: A Return to Citizen Politics] Karl Popper coined the term “open society,” which refers to a form of social organization in which “nobody has a monopoly on the truth.”
From where, then, are ethical principles to come? If they are not fixed in the nature of things – if they are not simply true but are to be determined through a process of collaborative inquiry – anyone with an agenda can easily manipulate the outcome.
These twin problems of ethics and truth make Alinskyian organizations such as the IAF a dangerous CCHD grantee, because people subjected to IAF training are being taught a way of looking at the world, or at least, a way of looking at politics, that contradicts Catholic social justice teaching, Catholic ethics, and the natural law.
And yet, over a third of CCHD money is spent on Alinskyian organizing. Thanks in part to its CCHD grants, the IAF has tripled its presence around the United States in the last decade – and much of that presence is in Catholic parishes. Do these Alinskyian organizations do no good? Of course they do, but it isn’t enough to do good works. Legitimate social justice activism must be predicated on the truth, understanding that although some Church teachings may not be popular (consider the reception of Humanae Vitae), justice can only be accomplished when moral laws that govern the human spirit are obeyed.
That said, the “works” performed by Alinskyian community organizations often are quite controversial. For example, a close look at the major CCHD-funded Alinskyian organizations’ – IAF, PICO, Gamaliel, ACORN, and DART – educational policies reveals a support for education “reform” that has often resulted in deeper academic failure. That failure pales beside the moral failure of the Church to its people who have been trained in Machiavellian politics with the Church’s blessing, but it’s a practical consequence of a faulty philosophy.


That’s how the CCHD seeks to bring about systemic change, but the “what” part of the question remains to be answered: what is the change CCHD-funded Alinskyian organizations promote?
The IAF has waged a long-standing battle to fight the perception that it is “Communist.” Saul Alinsky, who had no compunction - up to a point - about working with Communists, was investigated by the FBI in 1940 - 1941 and found innocent of any remarks or actions against the United States government, or in favor of any foreign government.
Yet a problem remains. The IAF undeniably holds liberationist – Christian socialist –positions. It has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the liberation theology hub of North America, the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) of San Antonio, which was used by the Texas IAF as a training institute to educate the clergy and civilians on ‘social justice’ issues. The lead organizer of the San Antonio IAF local (and later Southwest Regional Director of the IAF) was an instructor at MACC, whose own founder and director was Alinskyian trained.
Besides eschewing absolute or objective truth, the IAF, like Marxist organizations, has adopted the concept of “class analysis,” uses the techniques of “popular education” (conscientization), and seeks to change the values of participants, replacing them with the values of the organizer. In an organization grounded in much of the same worldview as Marxism, and using many of the same techniques to recruit and organize people, it’s hardly surprising that the IAF also has many of Marxism’s goals.
The function of the Industrial Areas Foundation and similar Alinsky-style organizing networks is to establish the community base for comprehensive federal structures. Empowerment Zone economic revitalization packages, school-to-work schemes, and Nehemiah Housing Developments all have two common features. They each deliver a medley of services: health care, childcare, housing, social services and education reform packages, financed with federal money. Their other feature is that the reception of this federal assistance is contingent upon community-based institutions – like the IAF, Gamaliel, PICO, ACORN, or DART – to coordinate and presumably “humanize” deliverance of these funds.
Such a highly controlled educational, health, welfare and economic system is, in short, a socialized system. CCHD-funded Alinsky organizations seek to eventually draw member institutions into what they call the “third way” of governance – that is, community-based service provision.
It doesn’t happen immediately. Newly established community organizations need to be trained to civic action and consensus-building. Local leadership must be tested. Religious institutions, useful for their “social capital” (in organizing parlance), networking, and wealth must have their vision bent to work toward a worldly kingdom rather than Christ’s. That’s accomplished in small, non-threatening steps.
But older, established organizations demonstrate the bigger picture. Baltimore’s IAF local, BUILD, has been around since the 60s and has received many years of CCHD grants. BUILD is an actor in a federally funded “neighborhood transformation” project whose efforts include providing total health care to all residents, expansion of job opportunities, monetary assistance toward the rehabilitation of old housing, and the construction of new housing. BUILD works with ACORN and the Democratic Socialists of America to promote “living wage” legislation. These are important social changes.
But the deeper changes are in the religious understanding of people involved with BUILD. A prayer service conducted by the organization illustrates how the Christian message is distorted and used by the IAF: “Somehow the Kingdom will come on the earth. BUILD, if you are a mighty people, if you are a noble people, if you are a great people, there’s forests out there. There’s land to be filled. There’s work to be done. Won't you be counted in the army of the Lord?” [Harry Boyte, Commonwealth: A Return to Citizen Politics, (New York: The Free Press, 1989), chapter 7, “Repairing the Commons,” p. 114].
This is not systemic change toward a more just society, but systemic change of a profoundly ideological order.
So we look again at CCHD’s diagram of the two footprints. Where are those feet taking us? And do we really want to contribute to the journey?
Maybe not.

[i] Sanford Horwitt, Let Them Call Me Rebel, (New York: Vintage Books, 1989) p 586. David Finks confirms this by saying “The largest single contributor to these citizen organizations over the last decade has been the CHD “ (The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, p 271) and Rael Jean and Erich Isaac write, “The Catholic Church has also been a major contributor to the utopians through its Campaign for Human Development...The largest grants have gone to community-organizing projects of the Alinsky school: the largest single recipient has been the Industrial Areas Foundation...” (The Coercive Utopians, p 210).


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Guest editorial by Stephanie Block

The Next fundraising campaign for the CCHD will be coming around to a church near you very soon. Here is some information on where that money goes and who is ends up helping that might be of interest before you donate.

Electing an Organizer

Behind Obama, there’s the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Whether or not Barak Obama becomes the nest president of the United States, the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) bears responsibility for raising this community organizer to his current national prominence. Through CCHD funding, he received a Machiavellian practicum. Through CCHD-funded organizations, Catholics sponsored his education – not at Harvard but in the Chicago streets. Thanks to CCHD grants, this convicted pro-abort has been backed by Catholics every step of his short, meteoric rise.
They aren’t the only ones using the religious institution of their preference for political ends, of course, but the CCHD has been in business since 1970, pouring millions into Alinskyian organizing.

Alinskyian organizations – that’s what Barak Obama studied and practiced, and those are the people with whom he worked. According to David Moberg: “He collaborated with United Power for Action and Justice (UPAJ), a metropolitan Chicago faith-based organization formed in 1997 by the IAF [Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation], to expand children’s health insurance in Illinois. For its part, UPAJ gave Obama a prominent platform to address its multiracial, metropolitan membership during his 2004 bid for the U.S. Senate. William McNary, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois, a coalition of labor, community and citizen groups, says, ‘Barack was not just willing to meet with community-based groups, not only to be a good vote for us, but he also strategized with us to help move our position forward.’” (Moberg, “Obama’s Third Way,” Shelterforce Online, Issue #149, Spring 2007)

But see, this kind of work doesn’t come cheap. People don’ t just “get” organized – they have to “be” organized. An Alinskyian organizer has to find progressive pastors and persuade them to give a percentage of congregational tithing to his organizational work. He has to hold house meetings and trainings. He has to develop a progressive “presence” in the local political arena, targeting his member congregations. He needs a salary …and the religious institutions infiltrated by Alinskyites are “selling” poverty to pay it.

Oh, the CCHD does give a little money to support economic self-help projects run by the poor. These projects are the CCHD’s “window dressing.” They don’t much of the CCHD pie, but they do get the bulk of its promotional attention.

The real money goes, instead, into organizations that promote social change. CCHD’s founding resolution states that its primary funding will be for social projects “aimed at eliminating the very causes of poverty.” To clarify what “social projectsE2 the CCHD thinks will “eliminate poverty”, one has to look at what it funds.

A good percentage of these Catholic grants fund Alinsky-style, broad-based community organizations – including organizations Obama trained under and worked for – to restructure society along a socialist model. Alinskyian community organizations want to be the mediators of government, education, job training, job placement, healthcare, housing, and social services.
And if that isn’t enough of a bitter pill, these organizations network with other progressives who fight against any limitation of abortion “rights” or homosexual “rights.” Like Obama.
So, whether or not Barak Obama becomes the nest president of the United States, the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) bears a portion of the responsibility. Consider that when the collection plate comes around this year.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Obama As 'Big Brother'
Critic says plan would herd 'American youth into government-funded re-education camps'
Posted: September 06, 2008
11:45 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Sen. Barack Obama
The tax-funded Chicago organization cited as a probable model for programs to integrate youth into the social and political world under an Obama tenure in the White House is the epitome of "Big Brother" that shovels impressionable youth through a course of brainwashing, according to critics.

The organization is called Public Allies and Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama was a founding member of the board of directors in 1992. He later resigned and his wife became executive director of the group.

According to an editorial in Investor's Business Daily, Obama plans to use the non-profit, which is funded partly by the federal government and is featured on Obama's campaign website, as the model for a national service corps, called the "Universal Voluntary Public Service."

WND reported earlier when Obama asserted in a Colorado Springs speech that the U.S. needs a "civilian national security force" that would be as powerful, strong and well-funded as the half-trillion dollar Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.

In the July 2 speech in Colorado Springs, Obama insisted the U.S. "cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set."

He continued, "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

"Big Brother had nothing on the Obamas," said IBD. "They plan to herd American youth into government-funded re-education camps where they'll be brainwashed into thinking America is a racist, oppressive place in need of 'social change.'"

The organization itself doesn't seem that alarming. It describes itself as serving communities "while developing better leaders for tomorrow." Young adults are placed in "community leadership" posts with various agencies and given weekly "training." They get $1,800 plus health and child care.

But IBD warns the real mission is something else.

That, the editorial said, "is to radicalize American youth and use them to bring about 'social change' through threats, pressure, tensions and confrontation – the tactics used by the father of community organizing, Saul 'The Red' Alinsky."

Dr. Jerome Corsi, a WND columnist and the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-seller "The Obama Nation," agreed. He said the overall intent of the program is much the same as the goals of William Ayers, an Obama acquaintance who spent the 1970s and 1980s as an unrepentant radical, during his various programs regarding public education.

"Remember, Obama has followed Saul Alinsky's ultimate advice," Corsi explained. "Saul Alinsky said radicals like Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman could not organize a picnic. Alinsky told his radicals to cut their hair, buy business suits and run for public office," he said.

"Ayers and Obama are both aimed at producing radical socialist change from within – working today to radicalize our institutions, instead of bombing them. Alinsky considered this approach to be much smarter because it was more likely to produce lasting 'change' and less likely to produce a backlash. In other words, the Alinsky-trained radical could apply more easily the Machiavellian technique of lying by denying they were pursuing radical goals if they appeared to be members in good standing of the establishment they were trying merely to 'change,'" he said.

IBD cited statistics from Public Allies itself, in which it boasted, "our alumni are more than twice as likely as 18-34 year olds to … engage in protest activities." The organization explains it already has dispatched 2,200 community organizers to agitate for "justice" and "equality" in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and other cities.

"I get to practice being an activist," and get paid for it, Cincinnati recruit Amy Vincent said, according to IBD.

The organization boasts more than two-thirds of its recruits are "people of color," and 15 percent of "LGBT." When they're not out protesting, IBD said, "they're staffing AIDS clinics, handing out condoms, bailing criminals out of jail and helping illegal aliens and the homeless obtain food stamps and other welfare."

The Allies' own website confirms it has volunteers working for Planned Parenthood, LGBT centers and Boys & Girls Clubs.

Obama has encouraged individuals to shun the "money culture."

"If you commit to serving your community," he pledged in Denver while accepting the Democratic nomination for president, "we will make sure you can afford a college education."

The IBD said the sales pitch is finding supportive listeners among today's youth.

"I may spend the rest of my life trying to create social movement," it quotes Brian Coovert, of the Cincinnati Allies chapter saying. "There is always going to be work to do. Until we have a perfect country, I'll have a job."

IBD said taxpayers already fund half of Public Allies' expenses through President Clinton's AmeriCorps, and Obama wants to fully fund it and expand it into a national program that some see costing $500 billion.

The organization notes that it is a non-partisan organization so it does not endorse candidates. However, it has a lengthy description of the involvement by the Obamas with the organization.

"Under Michelle’s leadership, Public Allies Chicago pioneered many elements of Public Allies' program model. To identify and develop the next generation of Chicago leaders, she recruited young people from housing projects and youth centers as well colleges and universities. Her emphasis on indigenous leadership and belief that all people have potential to lead became a core value of our leadership philosophy. When she left, Public Allies Chicago had a cash reserve, a committed board, a talented young staff, and a network of diverse, talented young leaders in Chicago who continue to serve the community today. Michelle was also a pioneer in the social entrepreneur movement –leaders who create new approaches and organizations to provide new solutions to social problems," the organization said.

"Michelle was an amazing leader and role model for all of us. As a very young staff in the early years, we all emulated Michelle's incredible combination of professionalism, compassion, critical thinking and commitment to her community. For all of her immense talents, she was also one of the most down-to-earth, inclusive, and authentic leaders I’ve ever worked with. She really did believe that everyone could contribute to their communities and that leaders come from all backgrounds and all parts of the community. The Chicago program she pioneered really created the template we all work from today. We are proud of our colleague and wish her well," wrote Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies.