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Christopher Hale, of a group called Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, has emerged on CNN and Fox News as a defender of Pope Francis against Rush Limbaugh’s charges that the pontiff spews Marxism.
The stories on CNN and Fox News cited Hale as a critic of Limbaugh and defender of the pope without noting his group’s connections to George Soros, the billionaire atheist, and that Hale worked on the “National Faith Vote Team” for the “Obama for America” 2012 presidential campaign organization.
Hale was also an intern in the Obama White House and worked for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Frank Walker of the conservative Pewsitter website labels the group a religious and political Trojan Horse designed to mislead Catholics and produce votes for the Democratic Party. Soros, the major financial backer of the Democratic Party’s “progressive” base, also supports such causes as drug legalization, the rights of “sex workers” and felons, euthanasia, radical feminism, abortion rights and homosexual rights.
The Fox story by Lauren Green, which aired on Bret Baier’s “Special Report” on Wednesday night, highlighted Hale’s criticism of Limbaugh and defense of the pope, without noting that the papal document “The Joy of the Gospel” had criticized conservative economic policies, dubbed “trickle-down” by the Vatican. Green misidentified the papal document as “The Gospel of Joy.”
Hale told Fox that the pope only wants “human-centered capitalism” promoting “people over profits,” and that he is challenging both liberals and conservatives. But that is not how Limbaugh and other conservatives are seeing it.
The Vatican document is emerging as cannon fodder for the Obama administration as it tries to change the subject from the pitfalls of socialized medicine to “inequality,” low paid workers and other social problems.
On Wednesday, in a speech to the Center for American Progress, another Soros-funded group, President Obama favorably cited the pope’s remarks. Obama said, “Some of you may have seen just last week, the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. ‘How can it be,’ he wrote, ‘that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?’”
But conservative Catholic writer Victor Biorseth countered, “We are already seeing how collectivism kills right here in America with the bare beginnings of Obamacare, which is a government controlled redistribution of both health care itself and health care insurance. In all likelihood people have already died, and many, many more will die, due to the critically ill losing their doctors, losing their health care facilities, being required to start treatment procedures all over again, not being able to, and losing their insurance coverage.”
Biorseth calls it “trickle-down collectivism.”
As AIM has reported, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good received at least $200,000 from George Soros and offered a “Health Care Reform Prayer,” asking for God’s help in passing Obamacare.
We noted that the executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) at the time was Victoria Kovari, a former organizer for the Gamaliel Foundation, the same group that helped launch Barack Obama’s career as a community organizer in Chicago. She had also served as co-chair of Catholics for Obama.
The chairman of CACG is Alfred M. Rotondaro, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Before Pope Francis created a controversy by denouncing “trickle-down” economics, the pro-growth policies associated with President Reagan, Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the Vatican and acting like a religious believer. Putin made the sign of the cross, gave the pope a Virgin Mary icon, and bent over to kiss it. The pope followed suit.
The Putin visit carries far more significance than a papal document which criticizes free markets and is considered a step toward the possible collaboration—or even merger—of the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church in global affairs. Discussions between these churches are already taking place under the rubric of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Russian Orthodox Church has been dominated by Putin’s old KGB and continues to serve the interests of the Kremlin.
The document, labeled an “apostolic exhortation” and titled “The Joy of the Gospel,” also purports to describe the nature of global Islam. But these comments, even more controversial than the statements attacking free markets, have been mostly ignored by the press.
Pope Francis insists, in the face of evidence to the contrary, that “Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”
Pamela Geller of Stop Islamization of Nations was greatly alarmed, writing, “At a time when Christianity worldwide is under siege by Islamic jihadists, the leader of the Catholic Church claims that the Koran teaches non-violence.” She adds, “Nothing will be gained by this refusal to face reality. Christians will still be slaughtered in the name of Islam and jihad all over the Muslim world. And now the Pope has forbidden Catholics to speak honestly about what is happening and why. It’s a disgrace.”
The papal document is addressed to Catholic bishops, clergy and the lay faithful.
The Vatican’s dealings with Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church also deserve major media attention. David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent, says Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was exposed by material from the Soviet archives as a KGB agent. “This means he was more than just an informer, of whom there were millions in the Soviet Union. He was an active officer of the organization,” writes Satter.
Former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky has called the church “Putin’s Espionage Church,” and devotes a major portion of his book, KGB/FSB’s New Trojan Horse, to the topic. “During the Soviet period,” wrote Preobrazhensky, “the Moscow Patriarchate [of the Russian Orthodox Church] bishops were all KGB agents, and the highest of them were also members of the Communist Party.” The FSB is the successor to the KGB.
In connection with Putin’s visit to the Vatican, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, who worked on KGB operations as head of Romanian intelligence, explains the background of what is coming to pass: “On December 5, 2008, Aleksi II, the fifteenth Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, died. He had worked for the KGB under the codename ‘Drozdov’ and was awarded the KGB Certificate of Honor, as was revealed in a KGB archive accidentally left behind in Estonia when the Russians pulled out.
Friday’s U.S. Department of Labor report that 720,000 American workers have left the labor force is prima facie evidence of President Barack Obama’s total indifference to the sufferings of millions of Americans looking for work, the leader of a Roman Catholic organization based in Chicago said on Friday.
The Labor Department’s abysmal jobs report comes on the heels of a report Wednesday by the Census Bureau that America’s poor and destitute have been miscalculated – intentionally or unintentionally – by at least 3 million people. The report estimates that the actual number of impoverished people living in the United States is actually 49.5 million men, women and children, according to Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org
“The news that 720,000 people gave up looking for a job last month is a crushing indictment of President Obama’s indifference to the working-class and low-income Americans. Millions of American families are feeling the squeeze from Obama’s failed economic policies and have given up trying to find a job,” said Burch.
“After five years, it is clear that Obama has no credible economic plan and nothing to offer America’s most vulnerable other than more of the same. With nearly 50 million Americans in poverty, Barack Obama has become the Poverty President,” said Burch.
According to political strategist Michael Baker, the only time Obama and his minions discuss jobs and the economy is when there is a scandal or Obamacare’s website is malfunctioning or Obama is caught lying to Americans or misleading them.
“While attempting to shove his amnesty plan down the throats of Americans, Obama made the claim that giving 11 million illegal aliens a path to citizenship will strengthen the economy and create jobs, but he fails to explain how that can possibly happen,” Baker said. “And the news media cannot be counted on to question their beloved president no matter how much he abuses the truth and the American people.
The swelling number of unemployed has not only resulted in protracted economic hardship for many American families, but it’s also brought immeasurable suffering to people who feel robbed of the dignity that comes from work, according to Burch.
“Pope Francis recently said that honest work was essential to a person’s dignity,” Burch said.
“That’s why unemployment should never be thought only as a number. We’re talking about real people, neighbors, friends and their families – struggling under today’s economic policies,” said Burch. “Every minute of inaction and gridlock from Washington only causes more pain.”
“It’s easy for a priest to come and tell the poor to have courage,” said the Holy Father.
But he assured those present he really meant it, and called for dignified work for all. “Where there is no work” said Pope Francis “there is no dignity.”
Said Burch: “For a record number of Americans, there is simply no work, and therefore no dignity. For the sake of our fellow citizens, it’s time we face reality and demand real change.”
No, this is not a direct quote from Barack Obama, but it is an interpretation derived from every statement he has made of late, and his decision making regarding what will be funded, and what will not, during the present partial government shutdown.
Since first elected in 2008, journalists and pundits have repeatedly exclaimed that Barack Obama is the first President in our history that does not love our country. Being a minister, I always initially refuse a bad report about anyone until there is ample proof; it is the benefit of the doubt. That day has come and gone and I am now among those who believe that Obama actually hates America.
He has smashed traditional marriage, lifted homosexual perversion, used the IRS like a battering ram, left border agents, ambassadors and good soldiers to die without help, raised the debt to unimaginable heights and now, is selectively battering various citizens and veterans with his shutdown. It’s all for his pet legislation, hated by most Americans, the personal idol of his life – ObamaCare!
In fact, I waited a full two years as Mr. Obama came at various governors on voting laws and immigration enforcement before concurring with those who say he hates America.
In 2010 in an article entitled “Obama Courts Latino Votes at Arizona’s Expense” I was forced to say “Every time the President speaks, makes another appointment or ramrods a new bill through the democratically controlled congress, he reinforces what millions of Americans now feel; this President does not love America.”
This conclusion was reached only after it became well known that Arizonan’s living near the Mexican border were living in abject fear for their lives as illegal drug traffickers and gun runners were actually killing some of them. Obama instructed his Attorney General to stand against Arizona’s SB 1070, a law enacted to curb the influx of illegals into the state. No love in that act of political bullying.
It is hard to see a Commander in Chief who will not protect Americans from illegal marauders with automatic weapons – as a loving president. In fact, to suggest it, is obscene.
Almost five years into his administration has proven time and again, that if something is good for America, Barack Obama is against it, conversely if it is something they despise, he is behind it all the way. Think this is hyperbole or exaggeration – consider these recent developments connected to Obama’s refusal to negotiate with Congress.
Here’s a clue Mr. Obama – most Americans do not blame the Congress for this shutdown. We are glad they took a stand; it is as American as it gets!
The Daily News of Newburyport, Massachusetts published a story Oct 8, 2013 about a tour bus filled with American citizens and visitors from Australia, Japan, and Canada being detained for hours by armed guards at our famed Yellowstone National Park.
The Daily News said, “The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.
That NBC had doctored a 911 call for the purposes of making George Zimmerman look like a bigot was a shocking revelation. Yet cut-and-paste propaganda is a common media tactic, and I’m not sure anyone is victimized by it more than Pope Francis.
You’ve probably read the headlines. “Pope Francis urges global leaders to end ‘tyranny’ of money,” “Pope Francis’s stunning blow to conservatives,” “Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven,” “Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control”; rinse, wash and repeat. Yet these headlines range from delusion to, possibly, deception. By and large, he said, she said is not what the pope said.
Let’s start with the recent big news, the Jesuit magazine interview with Pope Francis called that “stunning blow to conservatives.” The stunned (and stunted) journalist who wrote that line, The Guardian’s Andrew Brown, used a Francis “quotation” prevalent throughout the media. To wit: “It is not necessary to talk about…abortion, gay marriage and [contraception] all the time.” Now, it’s not surprising Brown didn’t provide a link to the actual interview. Because not only is his cut-and-paste job missing an ellipsis (between “and” and “all the time”), it’s an elliptical formulation that omits 58 words — and 58 miles of meaning.
After saying he hadn’t talked about abortion, marriage and contraception much, here’s what the pope actually stated: “The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time [emphasis added].” The media didn’t omit the italicized words merely for brevity’s sake. When Francis said that the teaching is “clear” and he’s a “son of the church,” he is reaffirming doctrine and his fidelity to it. He’s saying that the teachings in question are definitive, set in stone, and that he is loyal to mother Church as any good “son” is to his mother.
Ironically, the pope, whom Catholics believe is Christ’s representative on Earth, is receiving the same treatment Jesus himself did. Many liberals make their case for homosexual behavior by saying that Christ was silent on it. Of course, Jesus didn’t say anything about pedophilia, either; this doesn’t mean He would have tolerated it. Likewise, it’s as silly to think that dogma is null and void unless continually espoused as it is to assume that a law is no longer on the books just because legislators don’t talk about it constantly.
Of course, one could still find fault with Francis’s comments. While “all the time” was surely just a manner of speaking, in reality I hear far too little sermonizing at Mass about the moral teachings in question. Instead there’s much nebulous talk about “love.” And while love is wonderful, I’d point out that a good physician makes the correct diagnosis and treats what the patient has, not what he doesn’t have. There is no powerful social movement whose placards state “Down with Love!” and “Give Hate a Chance!” As far as abortion and marriage go, however, the left has sought (and largely succeeded) in changing a tried-and-true status quo, and traditionalists’ talk about these issues is simply responses commensurate with the left’s cultural-attack talk.
Is Pope Francis a Socialist decrying the capitalist system that has brought great gains to humanity as opposed to the socialist system that is most often associated with human suffering and deprivation?
Once again, the Pope is sounding more and more like a radical progressive socialist democrat and that the global economic system harms the people. One must wonder what he is thinking as he looks around at oppressive governments and their socialist systems – what dignity is to be found in those countries that accomplish little and serve few – mostly the wealthy oligarchs who purchase government officials and Church indulgences as a cost of doing business?
Money is at the root of all evil?
EXTRACT OF POPE’S HOMILY (Source: Vatican Radio)
Money sickens our minds, poisons our thoughts, even poisons our faith, leading us down the path of jealousy, quarrels, suspicion and conflict. It drives to idle words and pointless discussions. It also corrupts the mind of some people that see religion as a source of profit. ‘I am Catholic, I go to Mass, everyone thinks well of me… But underneath I have my businesses. I worship money’. And here we have the word we usually find in newspapers: ‘Men of corrupted minds’. Money corrupts us! There’s no way out.”
“We can never serve God and money at the same time. It is not possible: either one or the other. This is not Communism. It is the true Gospel! They are the Lord’s words. While money begins by offering a sense of well being. Then you feel important and vanity comes. We read in the Psalm. This vanity is useless, but still you think you are important. And after vanity comes pride. Those are the three steps: wealth, vanity and pride.”
“But, Father, I read the Ten Commandments and they say nothing about the evils of money. Against which Commandment do you sin when you do something for money? Against the first one! You worship a false idol. And this is the reason: because money becomes an idol and you worship it. And that’s why Jesus tells us that you cannot serve money and the living God: either one or the other. The early Fathers of the Church, in the 3rd Century, around the year 200 or 300, put it in a very blunt way, calling money ‘the dung of the devil’. An so it is. Because turns us into idolatrous, fills our thoughts with pride and leads us away from our faith.” <Source>
So how does the Pope reconcile the paradox of serving the poor while maintaining a wealthy Church?
The Pope, being a Jesuit, probably understands the paradox of his argument when it comes to the Church owning property, seeking tax exemptions, and running a corrupt financial institution that has been associated with money-laundering for dictators and organized crime. While there are poor parishes, they are not often helped by the wealthier ones beyond the allocation of Diocessean funding.
Vatican Bank In Trouble Again After Top Officials Step Down Amid Money Laundering Scandal
The Vatican has once again been rocked by scandal as Italian prosecutors press ahead with a money-laundering investigation of three of its top former officials that threatens the Holy See’s Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), or as it’s commonly known, the Vatican bank.
Whether it’s a hurricane or a storm of LGBT assertions of junk science, it is certain that it doesn’t take the discovery of an actual ‘gay gene’ to blow Chris Christie into the great RINO Sea.
The Governor played doctor for the press in exclaiming that the health risks of changing a child’s sexual orientation outweigh the concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice. This choice bit of nonsense may make sense to government officials and low IQ’d societal dropouts, but anyone with a speck of gray matter knows this is just high sounding nonsense.
In a Pelosi-esque exhibition of apostasy from his own religion (Catholic) Christie has to climb over the churches’ teaching, the Bible and every bit of common sense his mother may have tried to instill in him.
Shouldn’t we hang on until the still missing, mysterious magic ‘gay gene’ is found? The alcoholic gene is still undiscovered and in 1997 the Fed chose to end all aid to alcoholics under Social Security disability.
Christie used the seven deadly words that are associated with all spiritual and sometimes civil rebellion. He said “I’ve always believed that people are born with…” a predisposition to be homosexual. What part of the word ‘predisposition’ has anything to do with genetic science, medicine or legitimate psychiatry?
Who cares what Christie or the LGBT “believes” – is fostering the gay agenda a faith movement? There isn’t even junk science to support Christie’s goofy assertion, so are we now making laws from the personal beliefs of governors?
Will Chris begin a systematic thinning out of New Jersey prisons by deciding which prisoners had a predisposition to rape, murder, robbery, et al? Why punish them, why rehabilitate them, why bother them at all? ‘Predisposition’ is a barely definable term that can be arbitrarily used to cover just about any behavior known to mankind. Come in for a landing Gov.!
How quickly the mighty have fallen. Apostasy knows no boundaries. Catholics, Protestants, eighth graders and governors are all susceptible to the great leader’s (Barack Obama) influence. The almighty God cannot get a word in edgewise.
Not so – when we reach out and touch the little ones we will run headlong into an angry God.
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18: 6)
Depending on what age the so called ‘pre-disposition’ begins to occur in children is all important. In God’s economy children are not supposed to have any pre-disposition of a sexual nature. God hasn’t moved over for Sigmund Freud or any other classic icon of modernity. Children should be allowed to have a childhood. Any involvement or coercion in their childhood to direct their inclinations would be an ‘offense’ in God’s eye.
Banning gay conversion therapy is elevating an abominable sin that God hates to the level of idolatry. So what, you say?
If we can’t legislate morality, how long will a civilization last when we begin legislating immorality? With the stroke of the pen the Governor has sent God to the back of the bus.
The most persistent myth of the Western Dhimmi narrative is that Muslims are a minority and must receive special protection and accommodation. But Muslims are not a minority. There are 1.5 billion Sunni Muslims worldwide, outweighing Catholics as the next largest religious faction at 1.1 billion and Hindus at 1 billion. They are still a minority of the overall population in Western countries, but a demographically trending majority.
In Belgium, 50 percent of newborns are Muslim and empty Belgian churches are being turned into mosques. The most popular baby name is Mohammed and of the top 7 baby names, 6 were Muslim. A quarter of Amsterdam, Marseilles and Rotterdam and a fifth of Stockholm is already Muslim. The most popular baby name in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague is… Mohammed.
Europe’s Muslim population doubled in the last generation, and is set to double again. By 2025, (a decade and a half away), a third of all births in the EU will be Muslim. The demographic writing is already on the wall. A third of Muslims in France and Germany are teenagers or younger, as compared to a fifth of the native population. A third of Muslims in the UK and Belgium are under 15 versus a fifth of the native population. Counting all age groups, they’re a minority. But in generational demographics, Muslims are swiftly becoming a majority.
Looking at these numbers it is hard to argue that Muslims are a minority. They are not a majority at the moment, but majorities are not just a statistical snapshot, but a cultural and demographic trend. Countries are not defined by the past, or even by the present, but by the future. By the direction in which they are headed. And Europe’s future is a Muslim majority. Most European governments have accepted that and are acting on it. There may currently be more warm European bodies than Muslim ones, but the culture is being steered by the assumption of an Islamic future.
America is not nearly as vulnerable to the Muslim demographic bomb, because it is less socialist and more multicultural. It also has no former Muslim colonies, like England or France. Or at least it didn’t have any before. But the liberation of Iraq has touched off a swarm of ‘refugees’ moving to the United States. While some of them are Christian, the majority are Muslim. By law we are obligated to accept 5,000 a year. The 2008 target for Iraqi immigration was 12,000, far more than most of the former Soviet Union combined. Not significant numbers alone, but they are part of a bigger picture.
In 2005, almost 100,000 Muslims became legal residents of the US. In 2009, it was 115,000. And the numbers continue to rise each year. That means that already they make up around 10 percent of immigrants to the US.
Barack Obama is currently taking some heat for what has been characterized as a shot at Catholic education. While in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit recently, Obama spoke to an audience of approximately 2,000 students at Belfast’s Waterfront hall and said, “If towns remain divided — if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden — that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.” Now, it should be mentioned here why this is considered an attack on Catholic education. While there are Protestant schools in NI, the government school system is mainly Protestant while most Catholic children attend schools run by the Catholic Church. And you can bet that if Obama were authoring an end to school segregation in NI, his solution would not be to eliminate the government schools and have everyone attend the Catholic ones.
Yet I won’t criticize Obama here the way some have. After all, there is a controversy in the U.K. over NI’s school “segregation,” a situation that sees more than 90 percent of children in NI attending separate schools. So, in fairness, Obama’s writers were likely just echoing the politically correct, Kumbaya sentiments of the U.K. press. Instead, I’d like to pose a question that gets at a deeper issue:
What is the real source and nature of division?
Since Catholicism is thought part of some negative division here, perhaps we should start with the words of Christianity’s founder. Jesus said in Luke:
Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation. For there shall be from henceforth five in one house divided: three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against his father, the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother, the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
So is division really a bad thing? Or is it that it’s an inevitable thing given man’s nature? Or it is that division shouldn’t be the main focus at all?
We always hear things such as “So-and-so is very divisive,” as if it can be some unilateral phenomenon. But the individual certainly wouldn’t be divisive were he the only man on Earth; it takes two to tango. There is division when there is disagreement, and eliminating it would be as simple as one side deciding to agree with the other.
Nonetheless, the blame for division is almost invariably placed on just one side — usually that which is in the minority or lacks clout. Thus, I’m sure Galileo was considered divisive when he advanced Copernican heliocentrism and opposed the long-used and seemingly tried and true Aristotelian system. The abolitionists were considered divisive when they proposed an end to the age-old institution of slavery. I’m sure the early Christians were considered divisive when they opposed the brutality of the Roman arena. And we could cite any number of other examples from history.