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The Catholic Campaign to Help Democrats ^ | Wednesday, November 05, 2003 | George Kocan, Warrenville Catholic activist

Posted on 10/13/2004 9:36:39 AM PDT by Diago

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To: Coleus

Do a search down the page for ACORN. It's amazing how much money the American bishops have given to these crooks. Disgusting!
21 posted on 10/13/2004 11:38:46 AM PDT by Antoninus (Abortion; Euthanasia; Fetal Stem Cell Research; Human Cloning; Homo Marriage - NON-NEGOTIABLE ISSUES)
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To: Diago; american colleen; NYer; Salvation; narses
Stand up at Mass and shout, Not a dime for those demons.

Just a thought.

22 posted on 10/13/2004 11:39:57 AM PDT by Siobhan (Pray without ceasing.)
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To: Antoninus

OK. Until that happens, I'm not feeding the enemy.

23 posted on 10/13/2004 11:42:05 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Diago
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin gave a million to the Chicago Metropolitan Sponsors (CMS) (while shutting down parochial schools) so that it could hire IAF to organize United Power for Action and Justice (UPAJ).

Now THAT's nauseating.

24 posted on 10/13/2004 11:42:47 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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Related article:

Of Peace and Justice and Democratic Talking Points

25 posted on 10/13/2004 11:49:33 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Just in time for your Halloween gift giving needs: THE book.)
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Catholic bishops gave millions of dollars to organizations that oppose everything Catholic, to ACORN, to IAF, to CMF but not a cent to struggling pro-life operations like Joe Schiedler’s Pro-life Action League or Conrad Wojnar’s Womens Center. Both of these devout Catholic men endured great legal and financial difficulties when NOW sued them in federal court for “racketeering”.

This is infuriating and embarrasing.

26 posted on 10/13/2004 11:53:42 AM PDT by workerbee
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To: Tax-chick

and I will make a point of donating to the parish building fund instead! >>

That's what I was thinking myself, give directly to your individual church yourself. I also contribute to the Bishop's annual campaign since the money is kept in a separate account where lay people serve on a committee to make sure it goes to the charitable agencies the diocese runs.

27 posted on 10/13/2004 1:11:14 PM PDT by Coleus (Brooke Shields killed how many children?
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28 posted on 10/13/2004 1:13:59 PM PDT by Juana la Loca
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To: Siobhan; NYer
Thanks for the ping ladies!

I haven't given a penny to any of the second collections since I figured it all out. I think all of the second collections go to the usccb. If I want to donate to a fund or a cause, I don't need a middle man and I don't like giving a big financial stick to the bishops. Too tempting (and pays the salaries of the lefties in the usccb - lefties like Sr. Mary Boys of the purloined letterhead TPOTC attack).

29 posted on 10/13/2004 2:23:31 PM PDT by american colleen
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To: american colleen; Siobhan; NYer; Coleus; workerbee; Mike Bates; Aquinasfan; Antoninus; Palladin; ...

This is really fascinating and upsetting - ACORN gets 5% to 6% of all CCHD funds and its openly pro-abortion ????:


Another (C)CHD funded network is ACORN, which generally takes 5-6% of the national (C)CHD annual budget. It’s one of the most flagrantly political among (C)CHD’s grantees, having formed a political party, the New Party, in a political alliance with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), among others.

There’s no secret about ACORN’s political activism. In 1999, Illinois ACORN president and Chicago New Party chair, Ted Thomas, became a Chicago alderman from the 15th ward. ACORN state chair in Arkansas, Jonnie Pugh, was recruited by the New Party in 1998 to run for city council in Little Rock. And in New York, the Working Families Party, which is affiliated with the New Party, was co-chaired by NY ACORN president Bertha Lewis.

The New Party is pro-abortion. It’s website links to such “friends” as the Abortion Rights Activist Home Page, NARAL (National Abortion and Reproduction Rights Action League), and NOW (National Organization for Women).

ACORN is also pro-abortion. Maud Hurd, ACORN’s national president, was a speaker at Expo ‘96 for Woman’s Empowerment. The purpose of the exposition was to develop a response to “the conservative use of ballot initiatives to attack women’s rights and to galvanize a right-wing vote…” The Expo promotional material stated that: “The attack on women’s rights and sex discrimination law has galvanized our coming together….Never before has the woman’s movement been under so much attack…” This network of feminists seeks to “…ignite the women’s movement on the fight to save affirmative action and sex discrimination law; will develop a feminist national budget for the United States; and will envision a feminist future.”

Since politics, to the Alinskyan trained mind, is about building power, ACORN allies itself to progressive politicians - many of them Catholic. For example, ACORN was the originator of the Living Wage movement, which is also supported by the IAF. They have waged dozens of living wage campaigns across the country.

The Harvard Living Wage Campaign, run by the Progressive Student Labor Movement (PSLM) is one such localized effort. It staged a student “sit-in” that demanded raises for Harvard employees who were paid less than a “living wage.” AFL-CIO president John Sweeney (who not only leads the country’s largest union organization but also serves as an advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) and Sen. Ted Kennedy gave speeches at the sit-in and the AFL-CIO sent 2 of its lawyers to negotiate with the Harvard administration. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry also endorsed the campaign. A local Catholic Church held Mass for the sit-in students. The (C)CHD-funded Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (an IAF affiliate) and local ACORN are both supporters.

Kennedy and Kerry are at home in the above scenario. They have progressive viewpoints that compliment the aims of the student protestors. They are also two of the “Deadly Dozen” identified by the American Life League as politicians who campaign as Catholics, make a point of receiving Communion, but who feel free to dissent from Church teaching in their public lives.

The Catholic members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, of which there are well over a hundred, cast more votes in favor of abortion than not. In fact, Catholic politicians - whose Church teaches the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception - have demonstrated a worse voting record on life issues than their Presbyterian and Methodist counterparts.

Defenders of progressive politics argue that politicians like Kennedy and Kerry are important for their broad spectrum of positions and that no single issue - like abortion - ought to disqualify them from representing a constituency that, after all, voted them into office and is itself extremely diverse.

Catholics respond that once there is a failure to respect life at its beginning and at its end, a critical injustice has been perpetrated that has such magnitude, such darkness, that issues of well-being are dwarfed. After all, a dead man is beyond the reach of economics, health care, education and other worldly considerations.

The network of politics and power grabs and self-interest makes it painful to accept that we Catholics are as much - if not more - to blame for our aborting country than our pro-abortion neighbors. We know. We have Church teaching, with its constant reminder that human life is sacred.

This year, when the collection plate comes around, remember that you can sabotage Church teaching with a flick of your wrist. You can shoot it down by paying for organizations to fight for health clinics that dispense contraceptives and make abortion referrals. You can shoot it down by paying for organizing that supports pro-abortion politicians. You can shoot it down by paying for organizing that trains Catholics to dissent.

Just don’t be surprised by the blood on your hands.

30 posted on 10/13/2004 3:13:55 PM PDT by Diago
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Our Bishop is one of the Good Guys, so I'm happy to contribute to the Diocesan Appeal. They've published the accounting report in the newspaper, too :-).

I'll admit I hadn't given much thought to the CCHD appeal in the past, but after reading this, I'll skip it. A whole collection to fund "intermediary agencies" seems really loopy, even if (as is the case here) there's nothing really wrong with the agencies.

31 posted on 10/13/2004 6:43:43 PM PDT by Tax-chick (If you stand very still, they may think you're a tree.)
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