By WILLIAM MAYER
November 23, 2015 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – We have written extensively over our 15+ years of existence about the relationship between the "evolving" dogma of the Catholic faith and the harm it's causing, not only within the Church itself but to foundational Western institutions. [please see our monograph, William Mayer, Bitter Harvest, How Marxist “Progressives” Have Infiltrated the American Catholic Church , The Religious Left Exposed].
Adding perspective to these issues, an important and very rigorous new study authored by Stephen Coughlin [Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Bridge Building to Nowhere, the Catholic Church's Case Study ] delves into a, "frank and insightful look at how jihadist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation take calculated advantage of liberal mindsets among Catholics from the lay faithful through the clerical hierarchy and all the way to the Vatican itself."
We commenced our study of what can only be characterized as an overturning of orthodox Catholic religious teaching over the last 100 plus years by noting the culturally subductive nature of Leo XIII's Encyclical Rerum Novarum [On Capital and Labor, which was issued as a malformed response to The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital].
However, Mr. Coughlin references a much more recent document, Evangelii Gaudium [The Joy of the Gospel] issued by the current See, which contains equally problematic language, this time dealing with the topic of "interfaith dialogue" with the Muslim world:
"253. In order to sustain dialogue with Islam, suitable training is essential for all involved, not only so that they can be solidly and joyfully grounded in their own identity, but so that they can also acknowledge the values of others, appreciate the concerns underlying their demands and shed light on shared beliefs. We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition. I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practice their faith, in light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries ! Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence."
It should strike the reader and especially those within the Catholic faith tradition that in a paragraph urging authentic dialogue between Christianity and Islam, there is but one sentence which mildly entreats Muslims to grant other religions the same level of respect and protection that Islam receives in the West. Any reasonably objective observer, not the least of which should be the Holy Father, should be able to intuit the fundamental and irreducible doctrinal differences between the two systems, even if judged only against the events of the last three weeks.
One of the most serious concerns - and one recycled from the hubris laden Rerum Novarum [in which the Church weighed into Marxist economics, with which it had little facility and no moral teaching authority] is the provably false declarative by Francis that the Qur'an, and consequently the Muslim faith are free from exhortations to violence.
Mr. Coughlin uses paragraph 253 in Evangelii Gaudium in a probative manner, examining the profound difference between the way Islam and Christianity view "faith sharing."
Bound by the ideas of the Reformation and Enlightenment, while the Catholic Church and other major Christian sects intrinsically believe that talking about religious matters with Muslims will produce understanding and comity, within the Islamic faith, as precisely and correctly stated within the literature of the Muslim Brotherhood, sharing is a one way street directed towards Islamic conversion, i.e., da'wa [Arabic, proselytizing or preaching of Islam].
"Through Contacts With Churches, Synagogues, Colleges And Universities: These are very important public platforms that must be used for the spread of Dawah when available, either on the invitation or by offering the services of the Da'ee to these institutions for presenting the viewpoint of Islam on various issues of the time. The I.M.O.A will open dialogues with dignitaries of the religious institutions, presenting Islam as the common legacy of Judeo-Christian religions and as the only Guidance now available to mankind in its most perfect form for its Falah (Deliverance and Salvation). These talks must be held in a very friendly and non-aggressive atmosphere, as directed by Allah (SWT) in the Qur'an as how to talk with the people of the Scriptures. "And argue not with the people of the Scripture unless it be in a way that is better.” (Al-Qur'an-29: 46)" [source, Shamin A Siddiqi, Methodology of Dawah Illallah pg. 119]
Proponents of forced submission to Islam and its governing protocol, the Shari'a are very careful to communicate such messages on two differing planes, an inauthentic one [taqiya, lying to advance the faith as condoned by the Qur'an] for Christian/Jewish consumption, and the other - truthful - for the Muslims.
Stated plainly, "faith sharing" exercises, from the Islamic perspective, represent opportunities for stealth or cultural jihad: vehicles of internal subversion and coerced Shari'a compliance.
One might think that as the Islamic violence continues to expand, both as to the increasing size of the battle space, level of brutality, the horrific persecution of Christian minority populations and especially, given the now non-stop press coverage of the global Islamic holy war [sanitized of course], the Catholic Church and Christianity in general might be cautiously reassessing their positions vis-à-vis the ongoing "dialogue."
Counterintuitively, it's the reverse that is happening.
The Catholic Church from the top down, from Francis, through the College of Cardinals, to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, parish priesthood and finally to a significant percentage of the laity, is wedded to an idea which - devoid of inauthentic theology would be considered insane if not heretical.
Not only are Catholics supping in sublime ignorance [generally in delusional sanctimony] with people and groups whom are their mortal enemies [holding the kafir - infidel - in vile regard] they have constructed an enormous superstructure to actually import their foes [often in a clandestine/surreptitious manner] into the West, and then provide for their well-being, publicly sustained through governmental programs.
The entity which is primarily concerned with "refugee resettlement" is Catholic Charities USA [CCUSA]. Catholic Charities is comprised of hundreds of sub-directorates, local chapters through which federal dollars are routed - it's estimated that at least 2/3rds of the organization's funding is provided by government. The federal largesse is then spread around in a labyrinthine manner reminiscent of the way in which similar transactions are laundered within criminal syndicates.
It's an MO well known to students of Saul Alinsky, who just by happenstance owed much of his success to the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago whose early funding proved vital to his Marxist tinged "community organizing."
"ALINSKY: In the case of Back of the Yards, the area was 95 percent Roman Catholic, and I recognized that if I could win the support of the Church, we'd be off and running. Conversely, without the Church, or at least some elements of it, it was unlikely that we'd be able to make much of a dent in the community.
PLAYBOY: Wasn't the Catholic Church quite conservative in those days?
ALINSKY: Nationally it certainly was, which was why a little two-bit Hitler like Coughlin was never censured or silenced until the war. But Chicago in those days was a peculiar exception; under Cardinal Mundelein and Bishop Bernard Sheil, it was the most socially progressive archdiocese in the country..." [source, William Mayer, Bitter Harvest, How Marxist Progressives Have Infiltrated The American Catholic Church , pg 26-26]
Barack Hussein Obama stands upon tall shoulders indeed.
Catholic Charities USA isn't a mom and pop operation, it's big business. According to a piece published by the Washington Times CCUSA has received $1.6 billion dollars from Uncle Barry over the last 4 years alone. Though most are aware of the entanglements inherent in the process, it doesn't hurt to emphasize that strings are ALWAYS attached to DC based funding.
This is why we have such little sympathy for the U.S. Catholic Church' s various lawsuits against the fed over programs which it supported, such as its huge lobbying effort to pass ObamaCare. Thus we have a shell-game in which the federal government is using Catholic Charities [a willing participant] as an agent of fundamental transformation, intent upon diluting America's Western heritage, the intellectual proposition which has given U.S. Catholics the freedom to practice their faith.
A good deal of this DC centric largesse is devoted to providing legal assistance to "immigrants" legal or otherwise [the Church makes no distinction, essentially rejecting the ideas of national borders].
"I immigrant, you racist, call ACLU" - Dr. Michael Savage
Another aspect demonstrating the mercenary nature of Catholic Charities is manifested in the salaries of its top echelon managers. According to the charity's most recently filled 990 [2014, covering FY 2013] these were the executive salaries:
Larry Snyder, CEO - $338,956 and $42,124 in "other" compensation
Katherine Styles COO - $374,467 and $37,978 in "other" compensation
John S. Jackson, CFO - $178,607 and $42,805 in "other" compensation
Candy S. Hill, Exec. VP Social Policy & External Affairs $227,440 and $39,170 in "other" compensation
In total 19 members of the organization make more than $100,000.
Catholic Charities USA also employs a bevy of lobbyist/consultant types for example:
Manatt Phelps and Phillips - $485,000
Bully Pulpit Interactive - $453,660
Arent Fox LLP - $343,770
If Catholic Charities was a transparent organization [in this regard it conducts itself with an opacity which would do the Obama administration proud] then a proper airing of these and related issues would be possible.
In many ways CCUSA is a minimalist/micro study, a reflection of the problems inherent in the Church's larger departure from traditional theology and embrace of Marxist Progressivism. But even larger than this issue is the ongoing harm that the Catholic Church's willful alliance with stealth jihadist/proven Muslim Brotherhood front groups is doing to Western Civilization.
Using a term which the President is fond of employing, we have some "skin" in an aspect of this game.
This writer [and an associate who prefers not to be named] have personally experienced the intransigence with which outside inquiries into matters concerning the Catholic Church are met.
Quite a few years ago we courteously challenged - through back channels - the U.S. Conference of Bishops on its Islamic faith sharing policy. We developed a contact within USCCB's inner circle of advisors, a very high level official [an Ivy League PhD] who was heavily connected to Rome. After numerous conversations [always polite] in substantiating of our claims, we submitted a raft of documents to demonstrate the seditious Islamist nature of some of the Church's faith sharing "partners." Unsurprisingly the information, though highly detailed and documented, was rejected as being "political in nature." When we countered that the decision to conduct dialogue at any level was itself inherently political, the conversation was terminated.
What did come as a surprise was the revelation - by the party with whom we were dealing - that he had a close personal relationship with someone we knew to be a key member of the American Muslim Brotherhood's directorate. Much to our dismay the source characterized this person as a good guy, a patriot and moreover, one with whom he had gone to school in addition to having shared numerous home-cooked dinners.
Similar inquiries at Catholic Theological Union, which has, “been educating and preparing men and women to serve God’s people throughout the world. Founded in 1968 in the spirit and vision of the Second Vatican Council, CTU has grown to be one of the largest Roman Catholic graduate schools of theology and ministry in the United States," led to a series of exchanges that became so bizarre we had to forcefully remind ourselves that we weren't dealing directly with a spokesman for HAMAS.
Hiding behind the excesses of Vatican II, the new reformationalists in the Catholic Church have made their decision and are now - apparently absent great concern - watching parishioners flee what they view as a heterodox theology.
This is especially true of white, heterosexual males who simply want no part of what the Church has become and where it is apparently going.
Though there remain a tremendous number good and pious believers - all too many of which are nursing broken hearts - they tend toward being significantly older than the demographic that used to predominate among Catholic church goers.
Having witnessed the Church's retreat from traditionalism - thus alienating its historical faith center, the Cradle Catholic laity - it's not at all difficult to understand why it has embraced illegal Mexican aliens, unlimited immigration of "refugees" and open borders...baby needs new parishioners.
Though the danger of Islamic kinetic jihad/irregular warfare sacralized by the Qur'an and Hadith should now be obvious to all, even absent this threat there remains a problem with serious implications - and this also applies, though not in as virulent a form, to America's "new arrivals" from south of border, the illegal Mexicans and Latin Americans.
Europe and America have painstakingly and organically been built on a small "L" liberalism which preaches tolerance, limited government, the value of individual liberty, freedom of choice/free will and private property. Its institutions have been constructed around this nucleus; the resulting edifice is one of grandeur offering unprecedented benefit and hope to mankind.
This didn't occur by happenstance, it's a natural consequence of empowering individuals to fulfill their true potential while allowing them to profit from their success and enterprise, absent the stultifying effect of over-reaching governments, ideologies and religions.
The so-called migrants/refugees have no understanding of what it means to be a Westerner. Sadly over a very long period of time these folks have demonstrated little interest in becoming non-hyphenated/fully acculturated Americans which requires them to embrace Western mores and refusing to live in ghettos which quickly then become no-go zones, functionally the microcosmic equivalent of the shit-hole countries from which they fled.
If the following offends you, so be it.
In general the "refugees" come from failed, inferior cultures where totalitarianism and the gangster mentality are the norm. Given their high birth rates, these people are demographic time bombs when loosed in societies which are reproductively challenged.
Leftists should ask themselves how such a transformed society would greet their pet causes, the freedom to be whomever/whatever they want, no matter how repugnant it is to the majority; LGBT liberation, sexual libertinism, full emancipation of the female gender, "tolerance" no matter how skewed, green "sustainable" environmental causes, pornography, drugs, agnosticism/atheism, aggressive modern music and a snotty, calculatedly militant anti-establishment attitude.
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