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

By Stephanie Block

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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.”
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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.
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List of 87 Catholic Grants Given to Alinsky-Inspired Community Organizations in 2011-2012

In 2011-2012 at least 87 Catholic Campaign for Human Develpoment (CCHD) grants were given to Saul Alinsky-Inspired (socialist) community organizations. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection is this weekend November 17 and 18th.  Instead of giving to the CCHD in the second collection, give extra in the first collection to your own parish or give to a charity you can be sure will help the poor and vulnerable.  75% of the CCHD collection does go to the national CCHD office.  So, your money is going to these organizations.

Alinsky founded the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF.)  Here are five major national Alinsky-Inspired community organizations whose affiliates received CCHD grants in 2011-2012:

1.  Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)  www.industrialareasfoundation.org
2.  Gamaliel  www.gamaliel.org
3.  People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO)  www.piconetwork.org
4.  Direct Action & Research Training (DART)  www.thedartcenter.org
5.  Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ)  www.iwj.org

Alinsky intended to use the Catholic Church to gain power for atheistic and marxist ideas.  Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals, where he dedicated the book to Lucifer and on pg. 94 he ridicules the Catholic Church and describes how he deceived the Church.

The following is the numerical breakdown of the CCHD grants given to Alinsky-Inspired organizations in 2011-2012:

  • 23 grants given to affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundation
  • 23 grants given to affiliates of Gamaliel
  • 23 grants given to affiliates of People Improving Communities through Organizing
  • 10 grants given to affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice
  • 8 grants given to affiliates of Direct Action & Research Training
  • 87 total

Below is the list of CCHD grantees by Archdiocese or Diocese for 2011-2012.  The left column are affiliates of Alinsky-Inspired organizations who received the grants and the right column are their national Alinsky organizations.  The affiliates received grants ranging from $25,000 to $70,000:

CCHD 2012 Grantees by Arch/Diocese Alinsky-Inspired Organization Affiliation
Food and Medicine
Portland, ME
IWJ
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
Boston, MA
IAF
Brockton Interfaith Community
Boston, MA
PICO
United Interfaith Action of Southeast Massachusetts
Fall River, MA
PICO
Able NH
Manchester, NH
Gamaliel
Camden Churches Organized for People
Camden, NJ
PICO
New Labor Education & Training Institute, Inc.
Newark, NJ
IWJ
Brooklyn Congregations United
Brooklyn, NY
PICO
Queens Congregations United for Action
Brooklyn, NY
PICO
Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope
Buffalo, NY
Gamaliel
VOICE – Buffalo, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
Gamaliel
Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Inc.
New York, NY
Gamaliel
Tompkins County Workers Center
Rochester, NY
IWJ
Moving in Congregations, Acting in Hope MICAH
Syracuse, NY
PICO
Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse
Syracuse, NY
Gamaliel
Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild
Philadelphia, PA
PICO
Pittsburg Interfaith Impact Network
Pittsburgh, PA
Gamaliel
Lake County Center for Independent Living
Chicago, IL
IAF
Developing Communities Project, Inc.
Chicago, IL (Barack Obama was their executive director)
Gamaliel (formerly)
Lake County Sponsors
Chicago, IL
IAF
DuPage Sponsors
Joliet, IL
IAF
United Congregations of Metro-East
Springfield, IL
Gamaliel
Faith Coalition for the Common Good
Springfield, IL
Gamaliel
Calumet Project For Industrial Jobs
Gary, IN
IWJ
Indianapolis Congregation Action Network
Indianapolis, IN
PICO
People Acting Together in Howard
Baltimore, MD
IAF
Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength
Detroit, MI
Gamaliel
Michigan Organizing Project
Kalamazoo, MI
IWJ
Joint-religious Organizing Network for Action and Hope
Kalamazoo, MI
Gamaliel
The Ezekial Project of Saginaw
Saginaw, MI
Gamaliel
Metropolitan Congregations United
Saint Louis, MO
Gamaliel
Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center
Cincinnati, OH
IWJ
Building Responsibility Equality and Dignity
Columbus, OH
DART
Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods (ACTION)
Youngstown, OH
Gamaliel
Justice Organization Sharing Hope & United for Action
Green Bay, WI
Gamaliel
ESTHER
Green Bay, WI
Gamaliel
JONAH, Inc.
LaCrosse, WI
Gamaliel
AMOS, Inc.
LaCrosse, WI
Gamaliel
Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope
Milwaukee, WI
Gamaliel
Common Ground Inc.
Milwaukee, WI
IAF
Racine Interfaith Coalition
Milwaukee, WI
Gamaliel
Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice
Miami, FL
DART
People Acting for Community Together, Inc.
Miami, FL
DART
Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (FAITH)
Orlando, FL
DART
Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment
Orlando, FL
DART
Federation of Congregations United to Serve
Orlando, FL
PICO
People Engaged in Active Community Efforts
Palm Beach, FL
DART
Interfaith Coalition for Action Reconciliation and Empowerment
Saint Augustine, FL
DART
Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment
Atlanta, GA
Gamaliel
Citizens of Louisville Organized & United Together
Louisville, KY
DART
Together Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA
PICO
The Jeremiah Group
New Orleans, LA
IAF
The MICAH Project
New Orleans, LA
PICO
Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith
Shreveport, LA
IAF
Jackson Metro Sponsoring Committee
Jackson, MS
IAF
Triangle CAN (Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods)
Raleigh, NC
IAF
Workers Interfaith Network
Memphis, TN
IWJ
Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center
Little Rock, AR
IWJ
Quad Cities Interfaith
Davenport, IA
Gamaliel
AMOS Institute of Public Life
Des Moines, IA
IAF
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha
Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN
IWJ
Albuquerque Interfaith, Inc.
Santa Fe, NM
IAF
Oklahoma Sponsoring Committee (renamed VOICE OKC)
Oklahoma City, OK
IAF
Austin Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Austin, TX
IAF
Valley Interfaith Leadership and Educational Council
Brownsville, TX
IAF
Dallas Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Dallas, TX
IAF
El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization
El Paso, TX
IAF
ACT Human Development Fund
Fort Worth, TX
IAF
Merced Organizing Project
Fresno, CA
PICO
Faith in Action Kern County, Inc.
Fresno, CA
PICO
Faith in Community
Fresno, CA
PICO
Ventura County Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice
Los Angeles, CA
IWJ
Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action
Monterey, CA
IAF
GENESIS
Oakland, CA
Gamaliel
Oakland Community Organizations
Oakland, CA
PICO
Congregations Organizing for Renewal
Oakland, CA
PICO
Orange County Congregation Community Organization
Orange, CA
PICO
Sacramento Area Congregations Together
Sacramento, CA
PICO
Placer People of Faith Together
Sacramento, CA
PICO
Sacramento Valley Organizing Community
Sacramento, CA
IAF
Inland Congregations United for Change
San Bernardino, CA
PICO
PACT: People Acting in Community Together
San Jose, CA
PICO
North Bay Organizing Project
Santa Rosa, CA
IAF
North Bay Sponsoring Committee
Santa Rosa, CA
IAF
Congregations Building Community
Stockton, CA
PICO
People and Congregations for Stockton, Inc.
Stockton, CA
PICO
Las Vegas Valley Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Las Vegas, NV
IAF

Catholicism Rejects Barack Obama’s Belief in Governmental Redistribution and His “Trick” (Audio)

Below you can listen to audio tape of Barack Obama espousing a major contradictory proposition to Catholicism;  Governmental redistribution of wealth.

Obama says:

“My suggestion I guess would be the, the, the, the TRICK… the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence  facilitate some redistribution.  Because, I actually believe in redistribution.”

The Catholic Church rejects his idea of governmental redistribution (which is centralized planning, collectivism and thus socialism) in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):

CCC 1883     “Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative… a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions..”

CCC 1885    “The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism…

(The principle of subsidiarity is defined as:  A community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order.)

CCC 2425    “The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modern times with “communism” or “socialism.”

CCC 2429    Everyone has the right of economic initiative… and to harvest the just fruits of his labor…”

CCC 2431     “The responsibility of the state.
Economic activity, especially the activity of a market economy, cannot
be conducted in an institutional, juridical, or political vacuum… it presupposes sure guarantees of individual freedom and private property… the principal task of the state is to guarantee this security, so that those who work and produce can enjoy the fruits of their labors…

What’s the “TRICK” that Barack Obama is talking about in his quote above and the audio below?

His TRICK is the use of manipulation and euphemism.  The only way to structure government systems to facilitate governmental redistribution of wealth is to make the people believe you are doing something else.  To get the people to believe you are doing something else, you have to deceptively use terms they are comfortable with.  For example; Obama repeatedly says he believes in fairness.  His use of the term fairness is a euphemism for redistribution.

Click below for the audio recording of Barack Obama’s statement:

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

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President Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” Speech Contradicts Catholic Teaching (Video)

President Obama’s beliefs, now made infamous in his “You Didn’t Build That” speech, contradicted what Catholics believe.  However, “You Didn’t Build That” was not the context of the speech.  The President also claimed “We created a lot of millionaires” and other claims.  What this speech really showed, was his impossible belief that the government through centralized planning, collectivism and thus socialism creates initiative, economic activity and ultimately your success.  He meant that he and the state give you the right to be motivated, to work and achieve things for yourself and your family.  Catholicism rejects these (his) beliefs in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) in sections CCC 1883, 1885, 2425, 2429 and 2431:

CCC 1883     “Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative… a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions..”

CCC 1885    “The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism…

CCC 2425    “The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modern times with “communism” or “socialism.”

CCC 2429    Everyone has the right of economic initiative… and to harvest the just fruits of his labor…”

CCC 2431     “The responsibility of the state.
Economic activity, especially the activity of a market economy, cannot
be conducted in an institutional, juridical, or political vacuum… it presupposes sure guarantees of individual freedom and private property… the principal task of the state is to guarantee this security, so that those who work and produce can enjoy the fruits of their labors…

Go to the minutes 51:40 to 52:55 below on the video to see where Obama said these things and the disdain with which he said them.  Additionally, you will notice his contradictory proposition in minutes 52:55 to 53:00 when after promoting contradictions to Catholicism of centralized planning, collectivism and socialism, he attempts to circle back when he says, “… we succeed because of our individual initiative.”  He can’t have his contradictory propositions:

  • “We created a lot of millionaires.”
  • “If you’ve been successful you didn’t get there on your own.”
  • “Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business… you didn’t build that.  Somebody else built that.  Somebody else made that happen.”
  • “Government research created the internet.”

Click here for “You Didn’t Build That” Speech Video

Please pray that President Obama will be blessed with the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Compare Catholicism’s Stance on Current Political Issues with Your Own

Where do you stand on the following issues that make up the eight points in this article?  Where do you think the Church stands on these issues?

  1. Violations of Conscience and Religious Freedom (Ex:  Forcing us to pay for contraceptives, abortion, etc.)
  2. Centralized Planning and Socialism
  3. Manipulation of the Economy and the Poor (Ex:  Excessive government welfare programs keep the poor dependent on government, out of work and separated from the opportunity for redemption.)
  4. Abortion
  5. Euthanasia
  6. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  7. Human Cloning
  8. Same-Sex Marriage

Catholicism rejects all of these.   The Catholic Church’s opposition to each of these issues is summarized below for absolute clarity.  These eight are not listed in order of importance.

Excerpts of all issues are taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC and section number):

  1. Violations of Conscience and Religious Freedom
    CCC 1782     Man has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. “He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters.”
    CCC 1907     First, the common good presupposes respect for the person
    as such. In the name of the common good, public authorities are bound
    to respect the fundamental and inalienable rights of the human person.
    Society should permit each of its members to fulfill his vocation. In
    particular, the common good resides in the conditions for the exercise of the natural freedoms indispensable for the development of the human vocation, such as “the right to act according to a sound norm of conscience and to safeguard . . . privacy, and rightful freedom also in matters of religion.”
    CCC 2107     “If because of the circumstances
    of a particular people special civil recognition is given to one
    religious community in the constitutional organization of a state, the
    right of all citizens and religious communities to religious freedom
    must be recognized and respected as well.”
    CCC 2108     The right to religious liberty is neither a moral license to adhere to error, nor a supposed right to error,
    but rather a natural right of the human person to civil liberty, i.e., immunity, within just limits, from external constraint in religious matters by political authorities. This natural right ought to be acknowledged in the juridical order of society in such a way that it constitutes a civil right.”
    CCC 2211     The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially:- the freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family’s own moral and religious convictions;- the protection of the stability of the marriage bond and the institution of the family;- the freedom to profess one’s faith, to hand it on, and raise one’s children in it, with the necessary means and institutions;- the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate…”
  2. Centralized Planning and Socialism
    CCC 1883     Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which “a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co-ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.”
    CCC 1885    The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism…
    CCC 2425    The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modern times with “communism” or “socialism.” …Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds…
    CCC 2499     Moral judgment must condemn the plague of totalitarian states which systematically falsify the truth, exercise political control of opinion through the media, manipulate defendants and witnesses at public trials, and imagine that they secure their tyranny by strangling and repressing everything they consider “thought crimes.”
  3. Manipulation of the Economy and the Poor                                       CCC 2427     Human work proceeds directly from persons created in the image of God and called to prolong the work of creation by subduing the earth, both with and for one another.  Hence work is a duty: “If any one will not work, let him not eat.” Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from him. It can also be redemptive. By enduring the hardship of work in union with Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth and the one crucified on Calvary, man collaborates in a certain fashion with the Son of God in his redemptive work. He shows himself to be a disciple of Christ by carrying the cross, daily, in the work he is called to accomplish.  Work can be a means of sanctification and a way of animating earthly realities with the Spirit of Christ.                                                                                                                   CCC 2444     “The Church’s love for the poor . . . is a part of
    her constant tradition.” This love is inspired by the Gospel of the
    Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor. Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to “be able to give to those in need.”  It extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.
  4. Abortion
    CCC 2270     Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception…
    CCC 2271     Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable…
  5. Euthanasia
    CCC 2277     Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.  Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.
  6. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
    CCC 2273     The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation…
    CCC 2274     Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.
    CCC 2275     …”It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material.”
    “Certain attempts to influence chromosomic or genetic inheritance are not therapeutic but are aimed at producing human beings selected according to sex or other predetermined qualities.  Such manipulations are contrary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and identity” which are unique and unrepeatable.
  7. Human Cloning
    CCC 2273
    CCC 2274
    CCC 2275
  8. Same-Sex Marriage
    CCC 2357     …Under no circumstances can they (homosexual acts) be approved.
    CCC 2358     They (homosexual persons) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity…
    CCC 2359     Homosexual persons are called to chastity… they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
    CCC 2360     Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion…

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

President Obama vs. Catholicism’s Rejection of Socialism and Centralized Planning (CCC 1883, 1885, 2425, 2499)

President Barack Obama has implemented many socialistic plans including;  a socialized healthcare system, the federal takeover of student loans and the HHS mandate.  He also attempted to require churches to accept incompatible ministers and employees through the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC case.  Fortunately, religious freedom was upheld in this instance as President Obama lost this case 9-0 in the U.S. Supreme Court.  By way of parallels, the communist Chinese government appointed bishops for some of the Catholic dioceses in their country.  Only Pope Benedict XVI can appoint bishops.  Imagine Barack Obama appointing Catholic bishops in America.  It’s not an absurd thought.  Afterall, he saw that Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC go all the way to the Supreme Court.  No appointments such as these are valid in the Church.  However, they are dangerous, cause great harm for lifetimes and are an assault on religious freedom and the Church.

President Obama doesn’t want to be called a socialist, though his actions show he is a socialist.  Why not?  He can’t afford to be called a socialist or acknowledge his socialism because he then acknowledges the contradictory proposition that his ideas are incompatible with Catholicism.  He will never admit it because he knows the consequences;  a massive rejection by the Catholic clergy and laity.  So, he will continue to pretend to have consistent views with Catholicism by misusing and abusing Catholic Social Teaching terms like the “common good” and a favorite term to abuse, “social justice.”  Using these terms to disguise “socialism” for a Catholic audience.  We are all warned about disguising meanings in Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good…”

The President’s implementation of socialism and centralized planning chokes Catholic subsidiarity.  Subsidiarity is the principle where organization of functions are best controlled by the family.  When socialism and centralized planning are implemented, subsidiarity is ignored and the family crumbles.  This has been happening in America for decades.

The Catholic Church rejects President Obama’s ideas of socialism and centralized planning.  The Church’s rejection of these are based on the seventh commandment, “You shall not steal,” and found summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC,) sections 1883, 1885, 2425 and 2499 below:

CCC 1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. the teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which “a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co-ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.”7

CCC 1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.

CCC 2425 The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with “communism” or “socialism.” She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of “capitalism,” (Our Note:  This is where the socialists think the Church rejects capitalism.  They are incorrect.  The Church simply calls for a responsible use of capitalism inspired by Christian principles.  Pope Leo XIII also stated that, “Capital cannot do without labor, nor labor without capital,” in his encyclical Rerum Novarum) individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor.206 Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for “there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market.”207 Reasonable regulation of the marketplace and economic initiatives, in keeping with a just hierarchy of values and a view to the common good, is to be commended.

CCC 2499 Moral judgment must condemn the plague of totalitarian states which systematically falsify the truth, exercise political control of opinion through the media, manipulate defendants and witnesses at public trials, and imagine that they secure their tyranny by strangling and repressing everything they consider “thought crimes.”

The words in these above sections so solidly guide us to understand what the Church teaches about socialism.  Many do not know these words exist.  Show them.  Pray daily and take action to defend your Church and country from these errors.

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

NEW: Locations of Alinsky Inspired Community Organizations in the United States Listed by State

The attached list is of Alinsky inspired “socialist” community organizations in the United States.  This list is arranged in state order so it is easier for you to find these organizations.  The list is converted from an excel spreadsheet that is 34 pages in length.

Our other location lists are below:

  1. HERE
  2. HERE

This new list is organized by state and then shows where any of the following six national Alinsky inspired community organization’s affiliates reside inside them:

1.  Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)  www.industrialareasfoundation.org

2.  Gamaliel  www.gamaliel.org

3.  People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO)  www.piconetwork.org

4.  Direct Action & Research Training (DART)  www.thedartcenter.org

5.  Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ)  www.iwj.org

6.  USAction (aka Citizen Action)  www.usaction.org

All six of the above organizations are not in every state.  If you find one of these organizations where you live then try the Oklahoma City Method to remove them from your parish and diocese.  Scroll down to find your state and scroll to the bottom of this post to SHARE on Facebook, Twitter and by email.

Let me know if this list is incomplete.  Some affiliates of the six national organizations keep a low profile and consider themselves under formation making them hard to find.

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

11 Steps to Remove Socialist Community Organizations from your Parish and Diocese

The following eleven steps were created by the National Association of American Laity, “Lay Catholics” as a way to help faithful Catholics around the United States and internationally to defend against the infringement of community organizing inspired by Saul Alinsky in our churches.

These steps are called the “Oklahoma City Method” because faithful Catholics from Oklahoma City used them to defend their parish churches in the spirit of CCC 907 and Code of Canon Law 212.  In this spirit, these faithful Catholics were able to be a help to their pastors.  The Method worked with 75% success.  Nine of twelve Catholic parishes removed themselves from membership in a local affiliate of the Saul Alinsky founded Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF.)  This affiliate is known as the Oklahoma Sponsoring Committee (OSC) in Oklahoma City.  However, the OSC has added one different Catholic parish since that time.  (UPDATE;  Oklahoma Sponsoring Committee (OSC) has now been renamed VOICE.)

It is our hope and prayer that you will find the Oklahoma City Method helpful.

NOTE:  Illegal actions like the HHS mandate are pushed by “socialist community organizations” because they are followers of Saul Alinsky.  Alinsky created the idea for the HHS mandate (Click Here) and President Obama, an Alinsky-trained community organizer, implemented it.  We must remove these false organizations from our parishes now.  They are calling themselves Catholic while performing anti-Catholic actions.

Oklahoma City Method

  1. Check www.LayCatholics.org to see if you have a socialist community organization (SCO) (click here) in your area.  Do further research to find out which parishes they have as members.
  2. Seek out information (video presentation click here) about socialist community organizing by reading Rules for Radicals (for excerpt click here) by Saul Alinsky (the founder of the Industrial Areas Foundation and community organizing) and by researching more information from good and faithful Catholic groups like:  Catholic Media Coalition www.catholicmediacoalition.org and (Oklahoma City’s) Fidelity ‘til Parousia www.johntwo24-25.net (read their “Our Story” page)
  3. Attend one of the SCO’s meetings.
  4. Go speak to the SCO’s lead organizer privately about the organization’s errors.  Ask the organizer to have its group leave the parishes (Matthew 18:15 click here.)
  5. If the organizer does not listen, bring other laity with you as witnesses to meet with the organizer (Matthew 18:16.)
  6. If the organizer still refuses to listen then tell your archbishop/bishop and priests about the socialist community organization in your archdiocese/diocese (Matthew 18:17.)
  7. Speak to your parish priest privately even if the organization is not in your parish.  Inform your priest of its errors and incompatibility with Catholicism.  The SCO is surely trying to gain your parish as a member.
  8. Inform other laity in your entire archdiocese/diocese and ask them to speak to their parish priest.
  9. If necessary, inform your local media.  Especially, a local radio show host.
  10. Contact us for help at peterlhodges@hotmail.com
  11. Defend the Church because you love Her.  These organizers are our Catholic brothers and sisters.  Treat them with kindness.  However, their errors must be met with a constant, courageous defense.  This is not about them.  This is about saving the Church.

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

See where 259 Socialist Community Organizations are Located in the U.S. by State

There are at least two hundred and fifty nine socialist community organizations located in forty one U.S. states.

These organizations are affiliated with the following national groups:

1.  Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)  www.industrialareasfoundation.org

2.  Gamaliel  www.gamaliel.org

3.  People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO)  www.piconetwork.org

4.  Direct Action & Research Training (DART)  www.thedartcenter.org

5.  Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ)  www.iwj.org

6.  USAction (aka Citizen Action)  www.usaction.org

Click HERE to see the 259 affiliates by state.

*(SHARE THIS LIST WITH CATHOLICS YOU KNOW IN ALL OF THE AFFECTED AREAS.)

Use this information to find out if your parish church is a member of one of these organizations.  We will publish a downloadable spreadsheet on the 259 affiliates soon.

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.