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Catholic group’s TV ad proves Louisiana Senator Landrieu must lose job for still supporting ObamaCare

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Catholics for America has produced a 30 second TV spot titled;

Mary Landrieu’s ObamaCare Mistake Hurts Catholics and Louisianans.

The ad factually states how Mary Landrieu voted for ObamaCare and that it took away health plans, that she voted to block a resolution that she knew would have let you keep your health plan if you liked it and then features an audio clip of Landrieu affirming her support of ObamaCare even after all of these things became widely known.  The ad wraps up with a request to call Mary Landrieu and ask her to change her position on ObamaCare.

Though the ad’s intent is to engage people to get Senator Landrieu to change her position on ObamaCare, it proves how damaging Landrieu’s continued support of this bad law has been to millions in the United States.  She certainly should lose her seat in the U.S. Senate for deliberately hurting so many people with this law.


Below are three screen shots of the TV ad.  The Video is at the bottom.


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Donate to Catholics for America HERE to see this ad on TV.

The only way people will know about this ad is if you SHARE it on Facebook, Twitter, by email, YouTube, etc.

Please get it out there.  There are not any Catholic specific TV ads out there that we know of right now.  It is our chance to defend the Faith.

Catholics for America: A new organization to defend Catholic teaching in American society and politics

CFA logo for FBA new organization has been created to engage Catholic laity in the public and political spheres.  Their name is Catholics for America and they introduced themselves today in the social media world.  Be sure to follow Catholics for America on their Facebook page by clicking here and on their Twitter page by clicking here.  You can also Join them and receive emails by clicking here

Catholics for America will need the financial support of lay persons who want our Catholic teachings defended.  To contribute financially to Catholics for America, click here.

Please read and share Catholics for America’s post titled ‘Introducing, Catholics for America’ HERE and below that introduces their efforts to protect and defend Catholic social teaching in the United States:

Today, November 21st, on the Feast of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are pleased to introduce Catholics for America.

What is Catholics for America?

Catholics for America is a not for profit organization whose mission is, “To educate and encourage Catholics in the United States of America to actively support Catholic social teaching and to protect and defend those teachings in the public sphere.”

Why was Catholics for America founded?

Catholic teaching needs protection and defense by lay persons. The Church calls on the laity to be active in politics and society in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 899 and 2442.  Also, on January 19, 2012, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called for the Catholic Laity to become engaged through his address to the Bishops of the U.S.:

*Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) – section 899

899 The initiative of lay Christians is necessary especially when the matter involves discovering or inventing the means for permeating social, political, and economic realities with the demands of Christian doctrine and life. This initiative is a normal element of the life of the Church:

Lay believers are in the front line of Church life; for them the Church is the animating principle of human society. Therefore, they in particular ought to have an ever-clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church, but of being the Church, that is to say, the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership of the Pope, the common Head, and of the bishops in communion with him. They are the Church.

*Catechism of the Catholic Church – section 2442

2442 It is not the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life. This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens. Social action can assume various concrete forms. It should always have the common good in view and be in conformity with the message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church. It is the role of the laity “to animate temporal realities with Christian commitment, by which they show that they are witnesses and agents of peace and justice.”


“… it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion… Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed CATHOLIC LAITY endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the FUTURE OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.”

Catholics for America will help the laity to engage in the public sphere on moral issues central to our faith like; Life, Marriage, Poverty, Labor and Religious Freedom to name a few.

How can you help Catholics for America?

  • Tell your friends about Catholics for America by using the social media sources you use like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
  • Donate $5 or an amount you can afford to the efforts of Catholics for America.
  • Join Catholics for America by signing up for our emails

Please include us in your prayers.

We pray that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit bless our work.

Contraception mandate STRUCK DOWN by U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

A huge victory for religious freedom and conscience today! The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of Francis Gilardi’s challenge to the HHS on the Healthcare law’s contraception mandate.

See an excerpt from the ruling below:

Gilardi vs. HHS ruling

You can read the entire ruling at this link HERE.  I recommend starting at page 4.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Video: Obama ‘guaranteed’ everyone can keep their insurance in a video by his staff on WhiteHouse.gov

Linda Douglass Obamacare GUARANTEE 2 blogThe video below busts President Obama for lying about Americans keeping their health plan if they like it.  This video isn’t just on any website.  It’s in a blog post on www.WhiteHouse.gov right here and both the video and the post are damning!

Notice the last lines of the screen shot above from the blog post:

“For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them.”

The video is presented by Linda Douglass, the Communications Director for the White House Office of Health Reform.  She starts off by talking about misinformation out there right now (on the internet) by giving an example that says Obama wants to eliminate private insurance.  She follows up by saying, “nothing could be farther from the truth.”  She also accuses people of (selectively editing) the president’s words with a computer to “make it sound like he’s saying something he really didn’t say.”

Finally, at minute 1:03 she confidently says, “..here’s a clip that they probably won’t show you.”

Oh, but we will show it to you.

See minutes 1:03 to 2:11 in the video below.  The White House uploaded this video to their Youtube site on August 3, 2009.

I can’t imagine this video or its blog post staying up much longer.  Make sure to watch it in its entirety and share this post with friends and family who have believed the president has been truthful about ‘everyone keeping their insurance plan if they like it.’

Just like the White House’s blog post headline reads, ‘facts are stubborn things.’

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Obama ‘guaranteed’ everyone can keep their insurance on a strange WhiteHouse.gov (video)

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This post has been improved.  Click here for a more in depth version.

The following strange video busts President Obama for lying about Americans keeping their health plan if they like it.  This video isn’t just on any website.  It’s on www.WhiteHouse.gov!  It is presented by Linda Douglass, the Communications Director for the White House Office of Health Reform.

Linda Douglass starts off by talking about misinformation out there right now (on the internet) by giving an example that says Obama wants to eliminate private insurance.  She follows up by saying, “nothing could be farther from the truth.”  She also accuses people of (selectively editing) the president’s words with a computer to “make it sound like he’s saying something he really didn’t say.”

Finally, at minute 1:03 she confidently says, “..here’s a clip that they probably won’t show you.”

Oh, but we will show it to you.

See minutes 1:03 to 2:11 in the video below.

I can’t imagine this video staying up much longer.  Make sure to watch it in its entirety and share this post with friends and family who have believed the president has been truthful about ‘everyone keeping their insurance plan if they like it.’

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Obama and Democratic Party knew they would terminate 7 to 11 million individual health plans

obamacare cost up 65%Yes, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party knew that nearly 11 million people (this number might be low) would lose health insurance over their new Healthcare law (aka Obamacare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).)

President Obama knew the coverage would be dropped because the regulations in Obamacare are his own as detailed below by this excerpt from an NBC News article and the NBC News (VIDEO) repeats at minutes 1:55 below:

“Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.””

“That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.”

The article then gives two examples where Obama still promised coverage in 2009 and 2012 even though he knew it would be terminated:

“Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.””

and more

“Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent.  And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.””

Democratic Party, House minority leader, Steny Hoyer admitted they knew people would be dropped but, persisted in defending their false statements:

“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.”


“I don’t think the message was wrong.  I think the message was accurate…”

Next November 2014 we will discover if the Democratic Party can pull off their grand deception:  gaining seats in Congress by hailing the Healthcare law.  Will the people of the United States punish the Democratic Party for lying to them about the Healthcare law that costs the people too much, doesn’t work and cannot be fixed?

Will the people who are members of the Democratic Party recoil at the lies of their Democratic politicians and refuse to vote for them or leave their party?

The people may have a chance to show President Obama and the Democratic Party their shock toward such a bad government program next Tuesday November 5th.   This chance is the rejection of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe;  A big supporter of the failed Healthcare law.  The Republican candidate, Ken Cuccinelli filed the first lawsuit challenging the Healthcare law.

As one of the Democratic Party’s Healthcare law supporters, McAuliffe finally is proven to be a manipulator of the people.  While Cuccinelli is proven to be the people’s defender.

Maybe the people of Virginia will show us the way by rejecting a deceptive false-leader like McAuliffe and rewarding a true leader like Cuccinelli.

Catholic Sisters file suit for being forced to break their vows under Healthcare law (video)

Sr. Mary Bernard LSPThe Healthcare law (PPACA, aka Obamacare) has many victims.  One of the law’s mandates, known as the “HHS Mandate” requires the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs for its employees.  A law that forces Catholic sisters to break their vows to Jesus Christ is a bad law.  A law that must be repealed.  Until the time for repeal arrives politically, the sisters will have to fight by filing suit to save their ability, ” …to live for Him (Jesus) and for Him and the elderly.  That’s our life,” says Sister Mary Bernard in the video below.  Sister Mary Bernard (pictured above) also weeps as she describes how the Sisters’ see Christ in the elderly and bring Christ to them through themselves when elderly in their care pass away, “…and when they finally find the hand of God…  You know they’re there…  It’s a happy moment…  I’m crying.”

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The Democratic Party and President Barack Obama consider the Healthcare law to be their signature achievement.  An achievement that separates Jesus Christ from those who are vowed to Him is no achievement.

Watch the emotional video below from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty about the Little Sisters plight.  After watching the video, read the Becket Fund’s press release from September 24, 2013 about the Sisters’ class-action lawsuit.


Press Release and its link:

Little Sisters of the Poor seek protection from IRS fines for following their vows

For Immediate Release:  September 24, 2013
Media Contact: Emily Hardman, ehardman@becketfund.org, 202.349.7224

Washington, D.C.,  — Today, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of Sisters dedicated to caring for the elderly poor (see video).  Without relief, the Little Sisters face millions of dollars in IRS fines because they cannot comply with the government’s mandate that they give their employees free access to contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.  The Little Sisters are joined by their religious health benefits providers, Christian Brothers Services and Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust, and a class of other religious organizations facing similar fines, in the first class action lawsuit against the Mandate.

The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international Roman Catholic Congregation of women Religious founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan.  They operate homes in 31 countries, where they provide loving care for over 13,000 needy elderly persons.  Thirty of these homes are located in the United States.

“Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed to God and the Roman Catholic Church that I will treat all life as valuable, and I have dedicated my life to that work,” explained Sister Loraine Marie, Superior for one of the three U.S. provinces in the Congregation.  “We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government’s program to provide access to abortion inducing drugs.”

Little Sisters of the Poor

Although the Little Sisters’ homes perform a religious ministry of caring for the elderly poor, they do not fall within the government’s narrow exemption for “religious employers.”  Accordingly, beginning on January 1, the Little Sisters will face IRS fines unless they violate their religion by hiring an insurer to provide their employees with contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

“The Sisters should obviously be exempted as ‘religious employers,’ but the government has refused to expand its definition,” said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead counsel for the Little Sisters.   “These women just want to take care of the elderly poor without being forced to violate the faith that animates their work.  The money they collect should be used to care for the poor like it always has—and not to pay the IRS.”

The lawsuit is the first of its kind both because it is a class-action suit that will represent hundreds of Catholic non-profit ministries with similar beliefs and because it is the first on behalf of benefits providers who cannot comply with the Mandate.

The lawsuit was filed in federal District Court in Denver.  There are now 73 lawsuits challenging the mandate.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions—from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. For 18 years its attorneys have been recognized as experts in the field of church-state law.  They recently won a 9-0 Supreme Court victory in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which The Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”

For more information, or to arrange an interview with one of the attorneys, please contact Emily Hardman, Communications Director, at ehardman@becketfund.org or call 202.349.7224.


Additional Information:

Becket Fund

Please share the Sisters’ story.  Forward it to everyone you know.  Though the Democratic Party and its politicians knew that their Healthcare law would violate the vows of religious persons like the Little Sisters of the Poor, surely individual Catholics who identify as Democrats did not want such effects on their religious sisters, nor would they want such a bad law.  Surely, these Catholics never believed their religious sisters would have to choose between obedience to God and obedience to government run by the Democratic Party.

Pray that the sisters will be free to live the Evangelical Counsels of voluntary poverty, chastity and obedience.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Website for the Little Sisters of the Poor:


Watch the first edition of “EWTN News Nightly” with Colleen Carroll Campbell from September 3, 2013

EWTN News Nightly set

On Tuesday September 3, 2013 EWTN launched its first weekly (and soon to be nightly) news program.  It is called “EWTN News Nightly.”  The news program is anchored by Colleen Carroll Campbell.

The top stories:

  • Christian persecution in Syria
  • Pope Francis’ new secretary of state
  • Women fight HHS mandate

You can watch the entire news program below:

John Boehner is the target of Barack Obama’s (Organizing for Action’s) “Action August” protests

Barack Obama’s new community organization, Organizing for Action (OFA) sent an email to its followers on July 26, 2013 that Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner will have a summer/August that will be hard to forget.  Another email was sent by Barack Obama on July 30, 2013 encouraging OFA supporters to engage in this ‘August Action.’

What could this email from ‘Organizing for Action’ mean?  Protests.  And guess what?  The protests started today right on cue.  I’m told they protested at the Speaker’s office and read the following story ↓ Immigration activists were arrested at the capitol today.

These protests will follow the 13 “power tactics” of Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama as seen HERE.

Let the email from July 26, 2013 speak for itself:

OFA Boehner email image

Barack Obama himself (his written text in green) then sent this email on July 30, 2013 encouraging OFA supporters to get in on the August Action:

Friend —

There is only so much I can do on my own.

The special interests know it, and they’re counting on you to be silent on gun violence and climate change. They hope you’re not paying attention to creating jobs or fixing our broken immigration system.

And they plan to make the loudest noise when your members of Congress come home for August recess.

I’m counting on you to be just as vocal — to make sure the agenda that Americans voted for last year is front and center.

Say you’ll do at least one thing as part of OFA’s Action August in your community, no matter where you live.

I know it’s easy to get frustrated by the pace of progress.

But it’s not a reason to sit back and do nothing — our system only works if you play your part.

If you don’t let your representatives know where you stand in August, we risk losing an important battle on your home turf.

So I’m asking you to speak up — commit to do at least one thing in your community during Action August:




Below is the graphic of the sign-up for the ‘August Action’ per the links Barack Obama refers to in his email above:

OFA August Action edited

In case there is any doubt.  Yes, the president of the United States is encouraging actions (protests) against the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.  These so-called actions have started as encouraged by Obama.  The 13 ‘Power tactics’ are being employed by Obama’s OFA.

What do we do to counter Obama’s and OFA’s actions?  Know what the 13 ‘power tactics’ are.  Don’t give in to them.  Share this information with everyone you know.

By the way Governor Scott of Florida is going through the same sort of protests from a group of Occupy affiliated anarchists inappropriately self-named the ‘Dream Defenders.’

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

How Alinskyianism entered Catholic parishes (and intersects with “Common Core” standards)

By Stephanie Block


Recently, while preparing an article on Common Core national standards, someone suggested that I might be interested in the “open letters” written by a group called Catholics for Truth in Education operating in Illinois from 1974 into the 90s.  Interestingly enough, a set of these “open letters” just happened to have been sitting on my bookshelf for over a decade, waiting to be examined.
There may have been other Catholics for Truth in Education publications, as well, but the materials in my possession begin around the time of the first Alinskyian Call to Action conference[i] in 1976, an event that galvanized dissent within the Catholic Church of the United States and attempted to manipulate the bishops into supporting it.  The ecclesial and social landscape which the “open letters” describe was chaotic, experimental, and hostile to traditional worship.
The first “open letter” examines a 1977 planning document titled the “Position Paper on Networks of Regional Parishes for Corporate Reconstruction” written by the (since deceased) industrial/organizational psychologist Dr. Robert R. Newsome.[ii]
Newsome was on the cutting edge of “parish renewal.”  To pioneer various renewal strategies and incubate a reformed Church, he conceived of an “alliance” of Chicago parishes, the Parish Corporate Renewal Network, which would operate unmolested until other structures replaced it.    A 1977 request grant request for the network wrote that “the project faces a challenge of dramatically changing the way Catholic parishes serve themselves and the secular community of which they are a part.  Heretofore, parishes have principally focused upon the salvation and grace of their members.  The purpose of this project is to unleash the capacity of parishes to be apostolic organizations with a new vision, mission, and capability for developing the greatness and well-being of mankind.” [iii]
For a Catholic to separate “the greatness and well-being of mankind” from “salvation and grace” is quite extraordinary but Newsome proposed to accomplish it in three phases.  The first targeted parish staff and created five teams of laity for re-education and training.
Once properly prepared, they would function like a virus inside the parish community, moving with “a clear, shared vision and mission” but anticipating “rejection.” (page 5) Small faith communities with the unappealing title of “Corporate Reflection Centers” were to be formed throughout each parish during this next (second) phase and each would model the new vision: “This vision of corporate man is one in which unity in diversity rather than uniformity is values.”
By phase three, the parish was ready to move out into the community at large, seeking “partnership” “with all men of good will for the sake of the transformation of the urban community and the world.” (page 6)  Unsophisticated by today’s standards, where we no longer alert people that they are to be transformed but simply launch into the process, Newsome’s project was remarkable forthright.
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Then, there was Msgr. John (Jack) Egan – who not only served on Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation board but co-chaired the 1976 Call to Action conference’s plenary sessions –and who also served on the Board of Advisers for the Parish Corporate Renewal Network.  Incarnate in Father Egan, the elements of organized Church dissent, organized secular political activism, and a reorganized parish were intrinsically related to one another.  Easy enough to see in hindsight.
Msgr. Egan writes:
     Working with parishes through my diocesan post in Chicago’s Office of Urban Affairs, I saw the parish as a neighborhood institution with great potential for influence.  Neighborhood issues of housing, police protection, education, availability of health services and sanitation affected the daily life of parishioners.  The parish priests and people could not afford not to be involved.  Citizen-parishioners along with their clergy became key actors in community organizations which not only improved the quality of life in their own neighborhoods, but had a great effect on the life of the city of Chicago.
     Today there are more cities in the nation boasting of strong citizen groups than ever before.  Generally speaking, the growth of community organization in our urban areas has been supported both financially and morally in large measure by parishes which recognize the critical relationship between critical human problems and the dignity of persons in their neighborhoods.  I would venture to say that without Church support most of the community organizations would either have been neither developed nor sustained.[iv]
By the second “open letter,” five months later, the US bishops had responded to the 1976 Call to Action recommendations, many of which were too radical for implementation.  However, a “Project for Parish Renewal” was approved as a “major priority” for every US diocese[v] and Catholics for Truth in Education watched the process, as it unfolded in Chicago, closely.
From the advantage of 35 years in the future, one can see that, for some, “renewal” was an honest endeavor.  To them, it meant simply a reinvigoration of parish life that might include building new schools, improving resources, or developing ministries.  For the reformers, however, “renewal” was consciously and deliberately ordered toward ideological “transformation.”  A transformed parish would have little resemblance to a Catholic community.  The third “open letter” documents the push of various Network clergy for women and married priests, acceptance of divorce, homosexuality, and birth control, as well as belief in a non-hierarchical Church structure that was to be separated from Rome.  The Network “theological adviser,” a philosophy professor[vi]  hired to conduct talks in Chicago-area parishes about Network’s vision for restructuring, is quoted spouting pure liberation theology. “Someday this world will be The Kingdom,” he assures listeners.  “The Kingdom is the state of affairs – the here and now.”
Maybe somebody’s Kingdom, but not Christ’s.[vii]
One gets lost in among the interconnected names and groups who are pushing this transformative, un-Catholic form of “renewal.” Equally numbing are the grey, bureaucratic details that comprise this or that version of the new structure.  The interesting bit, however, is where the action leads.  Once parishes are restructured and “properly” retrained, what are they primed to do?
Catholics for Truth in Education concludes by letter #4 that, for one thing, they are to be drawn into Alinskyian community organizations and their activism.  Letter # 9, five years later, describes an archdiocesan program structured exactly along those lines, including parish listening sessions to make people “feel important” (yes, that’s what the archdiocesan materials say), analysis of these sessions for purposes of developing strategic plans, provision of “theological reflection and leadership training,” all aimed at ecumenical political activism.  “A major part of this renewal is getting the Catholic laity involved in performing the social ministry of the Church,” Dr. Newsome opines, “including the building of better neighborhoods and communities.”[viii]  Community organizing is a means to this end.
But there are others.  Letter #5 takes the reader on a romping survey of the most exciting liberationist activity at the time – which is where, oddly enough, it intersects with contemporary Common Core national standards (and why, I suspect, I was encouraged to read the “open letters”).  In the middle of discussion about theological movements in Latin America and their challenges to Church teaching, the reader is introduced to a process for controlling groups of people called “Management by Objectives.”  (MBO)
MBO had initially been introduced into the business world as an accounting system.  Like education reform pedagogy called “mastery learning” – later called “outcome based education” and still later reintroduced through the Common Core national standards – or psychology’s value clarification techniques, MBO was a systematic attempt to reprogram the individual’s values and actions.  Simply stated, the process begins with predetermined goals (or standards) to which the individual is held accountable.  Of concern to Catholics for Truth in Education, several dioceses around the country were using MBO strategies as part of their pastoral planning for renewal.
Almost prescient for a time that predated a global Internet and cell phones, Catholics for Truth in Education worried about computerized data collection schemes that supported MBO aims.  What must have seemed paranoid to most readers then has an air of prophesy to a generation that lives with the reality of government monitoring of citizens.  The people who recoiled from Huxley’s Brave New World couldn’t have fathomed the level of invasiveness that would become possible and tolerated.
The “letters” written throughout the 1980s[ix] drown the reader with descriptions of specific programs, practitioners, and tactics.  So many Catholics were dancing behind the Pied Piper of “change” with little curiosity about where he was leading.   Catholics for Truth in Education examined dozens of re-education programs in the Chicago Archdiocese – among them the once ubiquitous RENEW[x] – and explained the relationship of each to Call to Action dissent and a socialistic world view.
The end product, however, was never about the Church, not really, but about society.  The Church had to be transformed so that it wouldn’t be an obstacle to transforming society.  Catholics for Truth in Education harangues about Marxist infiltration and apostasy are easy to dismiss as alarmist but, after decades of chaos, the Church in the U.S. faces serious persecution for holding on to the last shreds of Catholic integrity.  The old, bureaucratic liberals, who still push their un-Catholic agendas – JustFaith and Nuns on the Bus, Alinskyian organizers and New Agers, I’m looking at you – are comfortable with that.
Historical facts are hard to dispute – and they have led to the results that are very much what Catholics for Truth in Education feared: too many Catholics who reject Church teaching.  After her death, the son of Catholics for Truth in Education’s founding president, Mary Catherine Davis, wrote, “The more that time passes the more things big and small I see my mother was right about.”
Yes, she was.
Change Agents V1Spero columnist Stephanie Block edits the New Mexico-based Los Pequenos newspaper and is the author of the four volume Change Agents: Alinskyian Organizing Among Religious Bodies, which is available at Amazon.
[i] For a detailed history of the relationship between Alinsky-trained clerics and the Call to Action dissenting movement in the US Catholic Church, see “Underground Call to Action:” http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=1318&CFID=66214206&CFTOKEN=51725830
[ii] Robert R. Newsome also wrote a book, The ministering parish: methods and procedures for pastoral organization, Paulist Press, 1982.
[iii] “Request for Foundation Assistance from Parish Corporate Renewal Network (Internal Corporate Renewal Network),” August 1, 1977, page 1.  Six foundations were approached using this document: DeRance, Inc., George Halas Foundation, Lewis Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Raskob Foundation, and the Dr. Scholl Foundation.  The last of these foundations publically distanced itself from the whole business, according to “open letter #4.”
[iv] Msgr. John J. Egan, “Do we need parishes?” Parish Ministry, Nov-Dec 1980, pp 2-3, as quoted in Catholics for Truth in Education “open letter” #9, part 2 (June 1983).
[v] “A Call to Action: Five-Year plan of Action” Origins 8, 5-28-78.
[vi] The November 1984 “open letter” quotes this Network theological adviser telling his students, “ We affirmed the Church is dead and found it a liberating revelation,” and “Isn’t being a Catholic one of the biggest blocks to being a Christian?” 
[vii] See John 18:36…and Romans 14: 17. 
[viii] Jack Houston, “’Parish renewal’ project sparks a Catholic battle,” Chicago Tribune, 5-31-79.
[ix] “Open letters” #6-9 sport the by-line of Peter S. Newman, editor.  The other issues carry no attribution.
[x] See also Mary Jo Anderson, “Buried in the Fine Print: An Inside Look at RENEW 2000,” Crisis, March 1999; Frank Morriss’ “Restructuring the Church into Their Own Image: The Link Between RENEW and the New Biblical Scholarship,” Wanderer Forum Foundation Quarterly, June 1992;  Beth Drennan, Esq., “Background Check of RENEW 2000 Contributors Reveals RENEW 2000 Texts Laced with Call to Action Names,” Women Faith and Family, 1998.  Drennan has also published another discussion of the Call to Action elements found in RENEW 2000 in “Paulists’ RENEW 2000 Is Just a Front for Call to Action,” The Wanderer, 9-10-98.