Could the Democrats’ Anti- Catholicism Teach Bishops to Stop Feeding the Crocodile?

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak Published on October 14, 2016

The recent batch of emails released by Wikileaks reveals that leaders in the Democratic Party, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, are engaged in a high-level conspiracy to infiltrate and corrupt the Catholic church. These high-level Democrats speak of the church as if it were a murderous Arab dictatorship (like Gaddafi’s) which must be overthrown in a “Catholic spring.” They hope to help that project along by crafting hand-puppet organizations of pro-choice, anti-marriage activists with Irish or Italian last names, whose leaders claim (as Tim Kaine claims) to be Catholic. Those groups act in the media to counter and discredit the moral teachings of actual, faithful Catholics, including our shepherds, the bishops.

Back in the 1930s and 40s, the Democratic Party in America used to act like the Catholic bishops’ friendly pet iguana — and the Church was able to do enormous good in the public square, rebuking evil elitists such as Margaret Sanger, defusing sympathy for Communism among Catholic union members, and inserting family-friendly policies into Roosevelt’s New Deal. (Back in this time, the Catholic bishops could also cripiguanaple a Hollywood movie they deemed to be immoral by issuing a boycott via the nationwide Legion of Decency.)

Catholic bishops’ influence has nearly vanished in recent decades, and the Democratic Party has grown up to be something quite different: an abortion-hungry secular crocodile that wants to devour Americans’ liberty — including our First Amendment rights. But Catholic bishops have never been willing to face this ugly fact. They’re still hazily dreaming about the decades when they walked the corridors of power, chit-chatting with President Kennedy or Mayor Daley. They imagine that handing the lizard one tasty snack after another will make the Democratic Party once more the friendly pet they remember.

Instead, they need to heed Churchill, who said: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

Hillary’s campaign chairman hopes to usurp the authority of Catholic bishops, who are obliged under pain of hellfire to repeat the Church’s 2,000-year teaching on such fundamental doctrines as the sanctity of life and of the family. Earlier this year, we learned that billionaire leftist (and Democrat party donor) George Soros tried to hijack Pope Francis’ visit, and turn it into a campaign tour for pro-choice Democrats.

Combine this revelation with:

  • the fact that Hillary Clinton told the United Nations that Christian churches must be forced to change their beliefs about abortion, in the name of women’s “fundamental rights” guaranteed by international law.
  • the fact that President Obama’s solicitor general implied that church institutions that won’t recognize same-sex marriage are equivalent to white supremacists, and could have their their tax exemptions revoked.
  • the fact that California Democrats tried hard to close every faithful Christian college in that state by revoking routine federal funding.

This adds up to just one thing: The Democratic Party wants to persecute the Catholic church, and every other Christian church that has stayed faithful to core biblical principles.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

We were glad to see Archbishop Charles Chaput respond with outrage to the latest Democratic attack on Catholics’ religious liberty. But we have to ask Chaput and other American bishops — what took you so long? Why have you appeased the Democratic party for so many decades by fudging Catholic social teaching, distorting its core principles to skew to the political left, making it appear to any uninformed observer that the Democratic party is in line with Catholic teaching on every major political and economic issue — except for that party’s curious blind spots on abortion and sexual politics? Catholic bishops have given the false impression that the Democratic Party is “more Catholic” than its conservative opponents on a long list of issues:

  • Immigration, where the GOP platform is much closer to the Catechism of the Catholic church than the Democrats’ call for virtually open borders and generous welfare for illegal foreign residents. But bishops have pretended that the Church somewhere (not in the Catechism, certainly) demands virtually unlimited immigration.
  • Gun rights, where bishops have repeatedly claimed that advocacy of Americans’ fundamental right to self-defense is somehow a violation of the “seamless garment” of Catholic concern for innocent life.
  • Health care, where Catholic leaders such as New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan implied that the church demands something close to socialized medicine, and backed Obamacare — then were shocked, shocked to discover that when a secular government gains control over 1/6 of the U.S. economy, it will impose its own secular values — including abortion and contraceptive coverage.
  • Economics, where Catholic bishops routinely back the extreme demands for raises in the minimum wage, pretending that Pope Leo XIII’s call to deal justly with starving factory workers in 1880 requires that every employee in America, at every age and level of expertise, receive a so-called “living wage” that can support an entire family.

In two books, The Race to Save Our Century and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism, each of us has gone carefully through the actual texts of binding Catholic social teaching, and refuted these politicized claims. Instead, we presented the core (Whole Life) principles of historic Christian teaching on politics and economics, and applied them carefully to contemporary conditions. We invite all Christians to read them, and see which party’s platform is more Catholic, more Christian.Save Our Century

As conservative Catholics — also demeaned in Clinton campaign emails — have argued over decades, it is no accident that the same Democratic Party that supports abortion and sexual license also backs big government and secularism. The lockstep support of every important Democrat in the U.S. for abortion on demand in fact flows from the same core premises that yield every other plank in the Democratic platform:

Human life is not dignified, not sacred, not informed by the order of divine creation which we can know by the same natural law that tells us of our political rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

No, life is cheap, and short, and kind of sad, so it’s our job to make people as comfortable as we can. To yield the greatest number of pleasurable moments for the greatest number of voters, we need a big state that protects us from ourselves, guarantees our sexual “freedom,” and doesn’t rely on discredited virtues such as thrift, diligence, self-control or prudence. PIG Cover

A party that believes that, and forms all its social and economic policies accordingly, will never let bishops graft onto it extraneous claims that unborn life is somehow sacred, and religious liberty more important than sexual liberation. The left knows better — as John Podesta and company have made painfully clear. The progressive left cannot be appeased with support for open borders, big government, even actual socialism. You will have to surrender marriage. You will have to back abortion and like it.  You will have to worship the emperor.

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  • Dean Bruckner

    Progressives hate both the past and the future, the first because history is reality that falsifies their lie, and the second because the future is synonymous with responsibility instead of hedonism to the death. The Left’s poster child is John Maynard Keynes, who spawned economic stimulus through forced debt, and who hated the future because it took resources away from partying in the eternal “now.” His homosexuality was firmly bound up with his disdain for the future and the children–not his own–who would inhabit it.

  • ArthurMcGowan

    To see where the Pope stands, and where he will pressure bishops to follow:

    Go to Bing, and search for EMMA BONINO POPE FRANCIS

  • Peter

    The Bishops are men of the World not men of God. Podesta claims to be a Catholic. He should be excommunicated. But nothing will happen to him because he is influential and powerful and the bishops are worldly men who don’t want to upset the powerful even if that means betraying God.

  • J. Boanerges

    In a nutshell, all that the radtrads, conservatives and those absolutely faithful to the Magisterium have been right all along. Labelled as conspiracy mongers, even Joe McCarthy was right and acknowledged as so recently. Bella Dodd and her communist infiltration of the Church led to 1100 communist seminarians that ended up in very high places. The fact that another piece of the evidence has been revealed is evidence of the extensive evil and rot in the Church. Our Lady prophesied these times and we are here right now and war is immanent. Our Lady of Fatima protect us!

  • Billy Chickens

    Maybe I’ll forward this article to the current lay people who run the diocese where I live since the bishop’s secret policy must be “Homosexuals Only Need Apply” .

    One popular homosexual with the bishop, in the running for the next Diocesan Director of Liturgy and Music after the current homosexual occupying that spot, is a man who once won an award from Dignity for majoring in music to further the acceptance of gays into the inner workings of the Church. Hmmm…wonder how much money, other than the $1,000 then awarded, he has further received from the gay agenda?

    And please don’t ask why I did not tell the bishop about this. I did and the bishop did nothing but appoint this young man to higher and higher positions within the diocese.

  • Will the Bishops see with new eyes? I hope so. I think these emails exposed the great con the Democratic party has been pulling on Catholics. It’s been so obvious to those who are diametrically opposed to the Liberal agenda, but Bishops feel they have this obligation to be balanced. But clearly the Democrat’s agenda runs against tradition and faith. They are pulling a con game.

  • DLink

    Our bishops are an obtuse lot, many of them with a heightened sense of self importance. It is unlikely they will return to their true calling having heard the sweet siren call of political power. Trouble is, that power is quite transitory, as is everything in this world, and it will avail them nothing at their end.

  • Micha_Elyi

    I agree with the concluding sentences of Mr. Jones and Mr. Zmirak. The Pelosi Left will keep pushing until they are defeated or every Catholic bishop is performing abortions with his own hands. Which do Catholic laity choose? Which do Catholic bishops choose? How does our public action reflect our personal choice?

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