Friday, September 22, 2017
by Dr. Boyd D. Cathey
Sometimes I think back four decades to my college years. Between grad schools, I served as assistant to conservative writer and philosopher Russell Kirk in Mecosta, Michigan. Being a Southern boy, the one significant thing I recall about the climate up there was that we had snow on the ground—and lots of it—from around Thanksgiving all the way until April. So, other than my secretarial duties for Dr. Kirk I had I plenty of time to read (the Kirks had no television). And with Russell’s library of over 30,000 books I had a bibliophile’s cornucopia at my fingertips. Not only that, he was one of the most widely read of “teachers” a young grad student could ever have.So, beyond his vast collection of histories and biographies, I was able to read great literature, including some classics of Catholic spirituality. In addition to Jonathan Swift, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Lewis Stevenson, there were the works of G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, and of the ancients, Plutarch’s Lives, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Dante, and most influentially, life-altering writings of the Spanish mystic, St. John of the Cross. I mention these not to boast, but only to say that my year with Dr. Kirk was very fruitful in multiple ways that I only now fully appreciate.
As I reflect and write essays these days, scenes and quotations from many of those classics come back to me, and many times seem to fit and support my narratives. Preparing this essay a quote came to me. It is from Benjamin Disraeli, the great Conservative 19th century British prime minister, prominently featured in Kirk’s signature work, The Conservative Mind (1953). It comes from one of Disraeli’s novels, Coningsby. Here it is: “So you see, my dear Coningsby, that the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”Disraeli wrote those words over 170 years ago. But today, as we survey the decaying remnants of a culture that once was proudly the “Christian West,” that is, our inherited European civilization that has been with us and has shaped and annealed us for nearly two millennia—as we behold the no-holds-barred attacks on this legacy, it is apparent that the decay and decrepitude has arrived not by accident, or even by frontal assault. Rather, the great success of the Marxist Revolution has been to subvert and influence, to transform, the culture of the West from within, almost as if clandestinely.
Around the time of the First World War the Italian Communist philosopher, Antonio Gramsci, formulated a theory which included a discussion of what he termed “cultural hegemony.” The brilliant Gramsci, viewing the failure of “war communism” to overthrow the traditional order in Europe by military force, understood that Marxist Revolution could never be successful in its campaign against the historic Christian West through open armed conflict. Despite the ravages and debilitating effects of 19th century liberalism, an overarching, traditionalist cultural and religious template—a “cultural hegemony”—yet guided much of Western thought, set standards, and governed conduct. That cultural hegemony, Gramsci postulated, must be overturned and replaced. The West could only be conquered if its traditional cultural and religious bases, grounded in an orthodox Christian faith, were transformed. And it was the Catholic Church and its social and political teachings that were the principle roadblock to and enemy of Marxism. Infiltration and subversion of the church, then, Gramsci highlighted as a paramount means of eventually effecting the Revolution. Western culture—Western civilization—was based fundamentally on and in the Faith, on the precious legacy and inheritance from Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome. Sever that connection, pollute and subvert that foundation, and a political and cultural transformation would inevitably follow. In the late 19th century the great Catholic traditionalist writer, Marcelino Menendez y Pelayo, in his Historia de los Heterodoxos, warned Catholic Spain: “España, evangelizadora de la mitad del orbe; España martillo de herejes, luz de Trento, espada de Roma, cuna de San Ignacio…; ésa es nuestra grandeza y nuestra unidad; no tenemos otra.” “Spain,” he wrote, “evangelizer of half of the world; Spain, hammer of heretics, light of Trent, sword of Rome, cradle of St. Ignatius—this is our greatness and our unity; we have no other.”
Like Menendez y Pelayo, Gramsci understood this maxim, this truth about Europe and the West: if you infect the base of a culture, pervert and eventually alter its fundamental beliefs, its morality, its concept of right and wrong, its ideas about law, its very linguistic meanings—if you accomplish these things, you likewise will alter its politics and its culture. Without the Faith as its “shield and buckler,” Europe, then, was defenseless . . .
Written by Elizabeth Yore
The silence about Hillary Clinton is deafening. One hears nothing but crickets from the U.S. Bishops and Cardinals about the democratic presidential candidate’s radical pro-abortion stance, but for the banished Cardinal Raymond Burke.
Why are they sitting mute on the sidelines? How could they be conflicted between an abortion laden democratic platform and the most prolife republican platform ever? Seems like an obvious choice for Catholics. After all, St. John Paul II described life as “the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights.” What’s going on?
When in doubt, follow the money. This ecclesial trail is flush with cash.
Could it be that the bishops don’t want to anger their federal piggy bank by squealing about that rabid abortion loving democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton?
Could it be that the USCCB enjoys and wants to continue to be awash in Obama cash?
Did the democratic Obama Administration buy the election silence of the Catholic episcopacy by bestowing millions of federal dollars into the coffers of Catholic institutions?
Do the Bishops believe that a President Hillary Clinton is preferred because she will continue to fund their plentiful federal grants for Muslim refugee resettlement?
Oh, the irony! This is the same Obama Administration that has forced lawsuits by the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic schools, Catholic businesses and Catholic lay organizations for mandating compliance with Obamacare rules in violation of Catholic doctrine. Yet, the Bishops stand ready, willing, and able with their hand in the federal cookie jar to implement the Muslim refugee resettlement agenda.
While the Little Sisters of the Poor battled Uncle Sam, the U.S. Bishops and Cardinals were lining the Church coffers with blood money from Uncle Sam.
This isn’t about conscience, folks. It’s about their checkbook.
Take a look at the jaw dropping beneficence from the federal fairy godmother government deposited into the bank accounts of the Catholic hierarchal institutions. It’s all on display at USASpending.gov.
During the most anti-Catholic administration in the history of the U.S., the Catholic bishops have enjoyed enormous financial benefits carrying out the mission of the Obama administration.
Here’s the Church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and see all the federal dollars.
This is only a partial list of federal government grants to Catholic groups, but the USCCB, Catholic Charities, CRS and the International Catholic Migration Commission received jaw dropping grants to carry out the Obama agenda in FY16.
These grants cover fiscal year 2016 only:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
During FY16, the USCCB received federal grants totaling a whopping
According to the USASpending.gov, the top programs carried out by the USCCB, on behalf of the Obama Administration were:
|Program Name||Funds Awarded|
|1. U.S. Refugee Admissions Program||$53,405,755|
|2. Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Voluntary Agency Programs||$21,714,000|
|3. Unaccompanied Alien Children Program||$9,240,908|
|4. Cuban/Haitian Entrant Program||$5,249,661|
|5. Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Discretionary Grants||$1,366,158|
Clearly, the U.S. Bishops are fully supportive of the Obama Administration mass refugee resettlement program. It’s been a very lucrative venture for the USCCB. Donald Trump seeks to suspend the Muslim Refugee migration program into the United States. Supporting a Donald Trump candidacy would halt all Syrian Muslim refugee migration into the U.S. His policy of suspending Muslim refugees would be quite costly for the Bishops and deplete their coffers. The present day Money Changers aren’t willing to relinquish their federal revenue flow.
And then there’s the Catholic Church’s golden calf of federal funds, Catholic Charities. According to USASpending.gov, the federal government’s website of federal contracts and grants, the Catholic Bishops around the U.S. garnered some hefty contracts. Overall, for FY16 Catholic Charities collected:
$84,339,422 as Total Prime Recipient
$118,008,202 as a Total sub-award transaction
But there’s More!
The Catholic Bishops landed even more federal goodies to carry out the massive refugee migration resettlement agenda of the Obama Administration. Mass migration of Syrian refugees provides a lucrative business model for the Catholic Church but they might want to ask the Catholics in the pews about this highly controversial policy of putting Muslim refugees in U.S. towns.
The International Catholic Migration Commission(ICMC)
The International Catholic Migration Commission(ICMC) headquartered in Boston also joined in on the federal refugee goodies. In FY 2016, according to the USASpending.gov, the International Catholic Migration Commission was awarded:
$17,715,636 Total as Prime Recipient
The U.S. Department of State doled out $17+ million to ICMC grants. The sole purpose of the grants is stipulated for U.S. Refugee Resettlement.
Wake up, Catholics! The USCCB and its partners are quietly assisting the Obama administration in resettling into the United States, tens of thousands of Muslim Syrian refugees. Where are the photos? Why the secrecy? Curiously, only a tiny fraction of persecuted Middle Eastern Christians are included in the refugee population. Perish the thought that the Catholic Church would demand that Christian refugees be given priority over Muslims. That controversial stance might jeopardize their federal contracts.
There are thousands of other federal grants and contracts to the Catholic Church stored in the Obama administration piggy bank, but these 3 grant recipients demonstrate the ongoing fiscal relationship with the Democratic Obama Administration.
Following the lead of Pope Francis and his globalist agenda, the American Catholic hierarchy are relegating the prolife ministries to the doctrinal ash heap and committing funds and personnel to promote environmental and migration issues. Catholics are witnessing the bureaucratic deconstruction of the prolife movement in chanceries and the elevation of migration and immigration in its place. Catholic children are learning about the sin of littering, the importance of tree hugging and sexual hugging in the latest Vatican sex education curriculum.
Why? It’s simple: Follow the greenbacks in the environmental “green” movement. The global environmental and migration movements are overflowing with cash. For decades, the Catholic Church has been the odd man out, battling the United Nations and its abortion infused agenda under the guise of faux climate change. In previous papacies, the Catholic Church leaders were mocked as unenlightened dinosaurs and misogynists for fighting for the protection of the life of the unborn. Alleluia! The Church is no longer the outsider under the hip and relevant Francis papacy.
Along comes mega billionaire George Soros, as the global architect of an international mass migration policy that fills the Catholic Church coffers and floods Europe and America with Muslim refugees. Pope Francis and his minions now are welcomed and celebrated on the global stage as elite players. This unholy alliance is exposed in the leaked Soros Open Society documents and the embedded Vatican presence of Soros operatives, like Jeffrey Sachs and many others.
As the DCLeaks Soros documents reveal, Soros fosters, foments and implements internal chaos and disruption through organizations which he funds. The Syrian refugee crisis is being funded by George Soros through left wing groups to generate support for Obama’s plan to surge thousands more Syrian refugees into American towns and cities.
George Soros accurately and cleverly identified the Francis Vatican as a sympathetic ally for the many Open Society initiatives. Together with President Obama, whose federal contracts and grants implement Soros’ reckless refugee policy, the unholy alliance emerged with the Catholic Church participating in the Soros global vision of a massive global refugee chaos.
With the upcoming election, Soros is taking nothing for granted. He has already poured $25 million into the Hillary Clinton campaign to ensure the continuation of the flood of refugee migration into Europe and the U.S. Shockingly, the Catholic Church facilitates the Soros vision and is paid handsomely by the Obama administration.
It’s no surprise that the Catholic Bishops remain silent about the abortion loving Hillary Clinton. They wouldn’t want to endanger their lavish federal contracts. After all, Hillary has promised to dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees into the U.S., to the delight and insistence of her financial backer, George Soros.
It’s no surprise that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, criticized Trump by writing that, “Nativism is alive, well – and apparently popular!”
It’s no surprise that Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, condemned what he called the “déjà vu of immigrant bashing” reminding his diocesan Catholics of Trump’s words.
It’s no surprise that LA Archbishop Jose Gomez opined that Trump’s stance on immigration “is not right.”
It’s no surprise that the Catholic Bishops, under Vatican orders are promulgating the migration of Muslim refugees into the United States. The Bishops have made a calculation that migration trumps (‘scuse the pun) the pro-life issue. Migration pays very well, pro-life pays nothing.
With millions of federal funds to support the Obama administration’s mass refugee resettlement program, it is expected that the Bishops will remain silent about Hillary Clinton, and criticize Donald Trump who seeks to halt Syrian refugee migration into the U.S., so that vetting for terrorism can be ensured. The Bishops’ silence comes at a big price…. hundreds of millions from Barack Obama.
We hear much about vote your conscience. Catholics, take note of the cozy blasphemous financial arrangement between the democratic abortion- promoting Obama administration and the Catholic hierarchal money changers as you inform your conscience.
It’s no wonder that the Bishops’ Conference won’t bite the hand that feeds it.
Photo Credit: Matt Foran
Written by Elizabeth Yore
Over a decade ago, with typical hubris, George Soros bragged, that he “is the Pope’s boss, now.” It appears that his boast became a self-fulfilling prophecy in the Francis pontificate.
The two most powerful men in the world joined forces to form a curious and troubling alliance. One of them, often referred to as the most dangerous man in the world, the other, the Vicar of Christ.
Within a few short months of Argentine Bergoglio’s papal election, the Soros inner circle was firmly entrenched at the Vatican, calling the shots, drafting documents, setting the Soros political agenda with the power and moral persuasion of the Vatican. The global eco movement finally found their critical missing component, the voice of moral authority. The greenies can now deposit their feckless leaders, Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio and Michael Moore in the recycle bin.
As the recent WIKILEAKS Soros data dump demonstrates, the billionaire Soros’ tentacles entangle policies and create chaos in countries around the globe through his legions of operatives at his Open Society philanthropies. His money funds extremist groups seeking to topple capitalism, and promote radical environmentalism global order. His coterie of advisors spans the globe in positions of influence and power, carrying out his radical agenda.
Although Open Society funds radical Catholic groups, Soros was unable to capture the papacy as his ultimate prize in world domination because the two previous conservative Popes steadfastly opposed his radical agenda. Until now.
UN Secy Gen Ban Ki Moon, George Soros and Jeffrey Sachs
The environmental movement desperately needed a new dazzling demagogue to bol ster its sputtering global warming cause and silence its critics under pain of criminal felonies or mortal sin.
On March 13, 2013, with the sudden and unexpected regime change in Vatican City, Soros and his UN operatives understood that the climate instantly warmed and opportunities abounded with the new leftist Argentine pontiff. George Soros could not have imagined a more perfect partner on the world stage, one he has been searching for his entire career: a major religious leader pontificating as the moral authority for the environmental, borderless countries, mass migration, and pro-Islamic movements.
UN Secy. Gen. Ban Ki Moon,
Bishop Sorondo and Pope Francis
Enter, Jorge Bergoglio, the smiling, all merciful Argentine. Within weeks of the Francis election, Soros’ collaborator, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon paid the obligatory courtesy visit to the new pontiff, and Moon knew something had dramatically changed at the Vatican. After his papal visit, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announced to the world, “We discussed a need to advance social justice and accelerate the world to meet MDGs and the Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs) We also talked about the need for all of us and the world to advance the dignity and human rights, especially for women and girls.”Shockingly, the newly elected Vicar of Christ seemingly blessed the radical pro-abortion MDGs and SDGs, but this was only the beginning of the Soros coup at the Holy See.
In the words of UN Foundation (another Soros beneficiary) Vice Chair Timothy Wirth, famously known for his condom tree at his previous State Department post said: “We’ve never seen a pope do anything like this. No single individual has as much global sway as he does. What he is doing will resonate in the government of any country that has a leading Catholic constituency.”
The friendly papal reception resonated among the global elites. Alleluia! Francis gave the green light to the controversial abortion laden, gender bending, feminist driven Millenium Development Goals(MDGs) and their offspring, the SDGs.
Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to UN Secretary General on the MDGs also enjoys a 30 year long economic relationship as a Soros stalwart, close advisor and grantee of Soros’ millions. Sachs headed to the Vatican to craft the blueprint for the Vatican’s rollout of the theology of global warming.
Immediately, the UN, through its Soros-infused stable of experts, began to dominate the Vatican agenda by silencing and banishing any opposing views on the science of global warming. Happily for Soros and the UN, Pope Francis only wanted to “dialogue” with one side of the climate debate.
The Soros Brain Trust at the Vatican-The Green Dream Team
George Soros Jeffrey Sachs Joseph Stiglitz
Jeffrey Sachs, Economist, Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Special Advisor to the U N Secretary General, and long time Soros collaborator and beneficiary.
Since 1989, economist Jeffrey Sachs has served as Soros’ peripatetic globe trotting expert, promoting his controversial “shock therapy” by lifting currency and price controls, and various other fast paced tactics to introduce countries into the free market economy with mixed results. Sachs rebounded with the assistance of Soros and heads the Earth Institute at Columbia U and reconfigured his skill sets as the UN poverty czar directing the Millenium Villages project, with the assistance of $50 million from Soros. Now firmly transformed as a poverty expert, and environmental guru, Sachs built his fiefdom at the United Nations with Soros dollars and transformed into a poverty expert and environmental alarmist, as master of global warming catastrophe handwringing.
Within three months of the Bergoglio election, Jeffrey Sachs, close Soros confidante, is featured as the premiere Vatican speaker, expert, author, and cheerleader of the Francis Eco Theology. Sachs became a perfect fixture at the Vatican, with 10 Vatican addresses promoting the SDGs. Sachs orchestrated the Vatican environmental agenda, by building momentum and consensus for the SDGs. With the input of many other Soros acolytes at the Vatican, they wrote the Vatican’s radical climate change manifesto, Climate Change and Our Common Home in anticipation of the coup de grace, the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si.
Joseph Stiglitz, Economist, Soros Co-Author and Collaborator and Open Society Grantee, Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
He has been called the Soros economist and his point man. Not surprisingly, he and Soros co-authored books together. He is Joseph Stiglitz, who heads the Soros-funded Initiative for Policy Dialogue, which promotes the institution of “a new international currency” and of an international taxation system. Stiglitz also serves a key role in the Francis/Soros Eco Revolution as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) which housed and operates as the command center for the Papal Eco Plot. Stiglitz, like Sachs, serves as a long time Soros collaborator, consultant. Soros and Stiglitz often serve as co-panel members at major global conferences, and Soros provided seed money for another radical organization, Stiglitz’s Socialist International Group. Stiglitz and Sachs also co-wrote the Vatican’s radical environmental manifesto, Climate Change and the Common Good with other Soros allies.
Interestingly and significantly, Stiglitz also serves as the longtime economic advisor to Argentine President Cristina Kirchner and her husband, the former President, fellow Peronists along with Pope Francis.
Successfully embedded at the Vatican lurk George Soros’ closest collaborators to carry out his radical leftist global environmental strategy with the blessing and assistance of the Holy See. Yet, more Soros acolytes populated the Vatican.
The Soros/Vatican Mission Control: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences serves as the Vatican’s Academic Think Tank. Its Chancellor, Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, a radical progressive, was suddenly empowered to carry out his extremist agenda when his fellow Argentine Bergoglio assumed the Seat of Peter.
During 2013-2015, the Academy frenetically and effectively provided cover for the UN/Soros/SDGs plot that was hatched and implemented under Sorondo’s leadership as he opened wide the doors for the Soros allies.
Bishop Sorondo deflected criticism over the Vatican’s sudden and unusually cozy UN relationship. The testy Sorondo remarked in response to serious concerns that the Vatican was letting itself become a platform for the United Nations to promote its own agenda. Bishop Sorondo defended the UN and remarked, “the United Nations is not the devil. Rather, quite the opposite.”
Sorondo seems to imply that the UN is on some mission from God. But, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details and the details include George Soros’ team.
The Soros Brain Trust of Sachs and Stiglitz led the papal revolt to promote the UN/Soros climate change agenda with the help of the other Soros benefactors.
The Soros/UN/ Cronyism at the Vatican
• Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Vatican Pontifical Academy (PASS), sits on the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Advisory Council with Ted Turner and Jeffrey Sachs. Sorondo was recently honored by the UN Foundation, one of George Soros’ philanthropies, for his work promoting SDGs and Laudato Si.
• Jeffrey Sachs, longtime confidante and collaborator of Soros economic brain trust, co-wrote the Vatican document, Climate Change and the Common Good. Sachs spoke prominently at the Vatican PASS at least 9 times on the climate change catastrophe. Soros spent tens of millions funding many of Sachs’ UN development projects in Africa.
• Peter Raven, Member of PASS, co-wrote the Vatican document on Climate Change and the Common Good. Raven collaborated with the population control radical Paul Erhlich’s research, which served as the basis for the controversial and discredited book, The Population Bomb. He, too, served on Sachs’ Earth Institute Advisory Board, along with George Soros. Raven served on the executive committee of George Soros’ International Science Foundation for the USSR.
• Joseph Stiglitz, member of PASS, and long time collaborator of George Soros, co-author of books with Soros, received funding from Soros for the Socialist International, and long time economic advisor of the Argentine Socialist Presidents, Cristina and Nestor Kirchner.
• Hans Schellnhuber, newly appointed member of PASS, co-wrote the Vatican document on Climate Change and Common Good. He is a German scientist and a member of FuturICT, an organization funded by George Soros. He is also a vocal and strident proponent of population control.
• Naomi Klein,anti-capitalist Marxist and radical environmentalist who was invited by Pope Francis to lead a conference on the environment in June 2015. Klein is a member of a George Soros funded environmental group called 350.org. Klein has been outspoken about the need to overturn capitalism and like, Sachs and Stiglitz, spoke at and supported Occupy Wall Street (Soros Funded) demonstrations in October of 2011.
• Emma Bonino, Pope Francis met with Bonino to the shock and horror of Catholics. She is a prominent member of Soros’ Global Board of the Open Society Foundations, his major funding philanthropy. Bonino, an Italian politician, is also known as Italy’s female abortionist who has personally performed thousands of abortions, although not even a medical doctor. Pope Francis called her a “one of Italy’s greats” which is akin to calling Kermit Gosnell, one of America’s greats.
Climate Change, not Catholicism, on the Vatican Agenda
Sachs and his Soros allies timed their work at the Vatican with strategic precision. On May 25, 2015, the Pope released his eagerly anticipated environmental exhortation, Laudato Si, which called for the passage of the SDGs. On September 25, 2015, the UN scheduled Pope Francis to address the United Nations General Assembly, urging approval of the SDGs, which fortuitously passed on that date.
Francis proudly boasted that he hoped his environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, would be used to promote the passage of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, and followed by the passage of the Paris Climate Treaty (Cop 21) in December 2015. Jeffrey Sachs acknowledged that Pope Francis and his encyclical “Laudato Si made the adoption of both the passage of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Sept. 2015 and the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015 possible.”
An eleventh commandment is declared: Thou must reduce thy carbon footprint.
By the end of 2015, the Soros syndicate had delivered to its patron, George Soros, a 185 page global warming papal encyclical, passage of the SDGs, and most importantly, the green light to begin the implementation of the Paris Climate Treaty, global redistribution of wealth through carbon taxes on the industrialized world.
Mission Accomplished, Mr. Soros.
Soros and Bergoglio–a match made in the celestial ecosystems. Their carbon footprints align on many political issues. George Soros is the largest landowner in Argentina (half a million hectares) with more than 150,000 head of cattle, and he also owns massive Argentine financial assets. Jorge Bergoglio, the first Latin American Pope, the Peronist Argentine with a deep concern for the struggling Argentine economy. Two sides of the Argentine peso, one native born pontiff with deep Vatican Bank pockets, the other, a global billionaire power broker with even deeper pockets.
Both love power and chaos; Francis known for his infamous refrain “make a mess, create chaos,” and Soros for his cryptic “discern the chaos and become rich.” Both men understand that they emerge more powerful when institutions and governments are destabilized.
Jorge and George, identical political globalist ideologues: environmentalists, pro-Iran, pro-UN, pro-Cuba, pro-Argentina, pro-mass migration, pro-borderless world, anti death penalty, and, anti-Trump.
George Soros is now the boss of Pope Francis.
It’s an inconvenient truth.
The ‘pooper-scooper’ [Scoop] has been trying to make some scatological sense out of the filth that we now live in. Heaven only knows that we are literally up to our eyeballs in specimens that more properly belong in a society that has a strange obsession with coprophilia. But what is trash [or waste] for some, has always been a treasure to others I suppose. Or, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
It seems a quiet revolution occurred during my lifetime which was punctuated every now and then by a few uprisings or notable tectonic societal shifts. These usually died down though the inevitable aftershocks reverberated within our societies for decades.
We all know how to desensitize a frog to boiling them alive [by raising the temperature degree by degree] so that they scarcely realize that they are not enjoying a nice warm bath . . . until it is too late of course. Or perhaps it is similar to those born into a life that is filled with filth and yet are not aware that life is not ‘normal.’ After all, it is normal for them . . . a new normal; like these children perhaps?
Something similar has happened in the political, ideological and religious arena that can only be viewed as a complete disaster and deconstruction of a positive, values-based society. I should say, the ‘new normal’ has values but not the positive ones that we began with. They have been remade and reconstituted according to a perceived higher ideological end.
Take, for instance, the moment when Barack Obama made his infamous statement that small town folks, “cling to guns or religion” which made it more than obvious that our new President didn’t think too highly of our rights to own guns or our penchant for a society based on Christian values. Then last year, Hillary who has a very good chance of becoming our next president said: “religious beliefs have to be changed.” Why? because religions are opposed to her unassailable belief in a woman’s right to an abortion. So Hillary claims preeminence over God in such things. And in the Catholic arena, Pope Francis has taken mercy to the point where his version is better than Christ’s or the teachings of the Church he is leading. For where Christ was clear regarding adultery, our Pope has now made illusory . . . hidden in a fog of mumbo jumbo.
What is to be made of this new one-world-order crowd or one-world-church crowd? We have compromised away our positive values for expediency. We have ‘grown’ in our acceptance of transgenders, homosexuality, abortions, adultery, illegal border crossings [a borderless world in the vision of Soros is now acceptable to most]. Pragmatism and utilitarianism has beat down our God-given constitutional rights and back-shelved our moral beliefs and even our common sense. We are only months away from our Pope celebrating the reformation and the life of Martin Luther . . . how does that speak to the heroes of our faith during those times?
My friend Steve recently asked me if I could ever be friends with a liberal. I did not even hesitate: the answer is no. They are my enemies and they wish to extinguish my rights, expunge my beliefs and take my money and redistribute it in the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘mercy’. How can you call someone who wishes you ill, your friend? It seems impossible to me.
I think it’s becoming a little warm in this pot of water that we are now sitting in. Perhaps we ought to think more about this whole societal remake before we are too weak to jump out of the pot.
I’m not sure what answer you would give Steve but I think there may be another post in the offing regarding his question.
Tue Aug 23, 2016 – 5:03 pm EST
BREAKING: Leaked e-mails show George Soros paid $650K to influence bishops during Pope’s US visit
Updated Aug. 23, 2016 at 9:10 pm EST August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist
August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros – one of Hilary Clinton’s top donors – paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to “shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.” The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with the Pope.”
The monies were granted to two US entities that have been engaged in a long-term project, according to the report, of shifting “the priorities of the US Catholic church.” Grantees were PICO, a faith-based community organizing group, and Faith in Public Life (FPL), a progressive group working in media to promote left-leaning ‘social justice’ causes. Soros has funded left-wing causes the world over and was just foundto have been funding an effort to eliminate pro-life laws around the globe.
Board Minutes from the May 2015 meeting of Soros’ Open Society Foundation in New York reveal that in the planning stages of the papal visit initiative, the group planned to work through one of the Pope’s key advisors, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, naming him specifically in the report. In order to seize on the opportunity provided by the Pope’s visit to the US, says the report, “we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America.”
In 2013 Cardinal Rodriguez endorsed PICO’s work in a video during a visit from PICO representatives to the cardinal’s diocese. “I want to endorse all the efforts they are doing to promote communities of faith,” he said, “… Please, keep helping PICO.”
The post operative report on the funding to influence the papal visit comes in the 2016 report entitled, Review Of 2015 U.S. Opportunities Fund. The Soros group was pleased with the result of their campaign and saw statements by various bishops against presidental candidates who are using “fearmongering” – likely a reference to the GOP lineup, and perhaps Trump specifically – as one outcome of their efforts. “The impact of this work and the relationships it has fostered can be seen in the broad range of religious leaders hitting pointedly back at presidential candidates for their use of fearmongering,” the report said.
Additionally, the summary report says their funding was helpful to counter “anti-gay rhetoric” in the media. The “efficacy of the media campaign can be seen in the team’s ability to react to and counter the anti-gay rhetoric following the Kim Davis story (the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to gay couples whom the Pope visited),” the report states.
The grant specifically targeted the ‘pro-family’ agenda, redirecting it from defending marriage to being concerned with income equality. “FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being ‘pro-family’ requires addressing growing inequality,” says the May report.
Among the many smoking guns uncovered in the Wikileaks data dump, lurks documents that should give Catholics great concern. The latest Wikileaks data dump of internal documents from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation exposes the most shocking of all his political alliances. According to the leaked Open Society Foundation documents, George Soros funds efforts to promote his radical socialist agenda of income inequality by using the bully pulpit of Pope Francis. Soros seeks to “engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues” by lobbying the Vatican.
The unholy alliance and stategic plan is exposed in the leaked Open Society U.S. Board Meeting May 2015 book on page 16:
Pope Francis Visit – $650,000 (USP)
Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States in September will include a historic address to Congress, a speech at the United Nations, and a visit to Philadelphia for the “World Meeting of Families.” In order to seize this moment, we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America.
The purpose of the Soros/Vatican collaboration skewers political to influence the 2016 U.S. Elections, thus securing the presidency for Soros’ handpicked candidate, Hillary Clinton.
The grant will also support FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being “pro-family” requires addressing growing inequality. By harnessing the Papal visit to lift up the Pope’s searing critique of what he calls “an economy of exclusion and inequality” and his dismissal of “trickle down” theories, PICO and FPL will work to build a bridge to a larger conversation about bread-and-butter economic concerns and shift national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Soros’ foundation clearly views Pope Francis as an important ally in the Soros income inequality socialist movement and in the run up to the 2016 U.S. election. Notice how the radical leftists in the Soros reframe the words pro family as “growing inequality.” This grant description highlights how the left hijacks language and exploits it for its own radical political advantage. Its partner in promoting the transformational lang uage is the leftist media.
Pope Francis and Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga
Another fascinating nugget in the Soros board meeting notes exposes its cozy relationship with Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, the Vice Pope, and close confidante of Pope Francis. Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga of Honduras is described by the Soros operatives as ‘using his influence’ within the Vatican to promote the Soros radical economic inequality narrative. Clearly, Maradiaga has been identified by the Soros empire as a key player in the global radical income redistribution movement. Soros’ team knows that Maradiaga will happily promote this initiative within the Vatican and, most importantly, with Pope Francis, his close friend.
Who is PICO, the $650,000 grant recipient who will organize activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice activities? According to KeyWiki, PICO is
PICO, a progressive national network of faith-based organizations. Like health care reform, this newest PICO initiative aims to redistribute wealth by demanding that “faith leaders step into the big banks’ boardrooms.”
PICO National Network received a $600,000 grant from Soros’ Open Society Institute. PICO was founded in 1972 by John Baumann, a Jesuit priest trained in Saul Alinsky community organizing in Chicago in the 1960s. It was later patterned after COPS, a San Antonio, Texas project of Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation.
The Open Society Institute describes PICO as “a network of congregation-based community organizations which brings the voices of people of faith and faith leaders to the public debate on national priorities,” and mentions other Soros funding beyond the main grant.
Soros tracks and funds its Vatican influence through PICO, among others. Open Society Foundation(OSF) recognizes that money spent at the Vatican is money well spent toward the global socialist Soros agenda. They’ve identified Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga as a sympathetic and willing promote the globalist cause. He will be a powerful ally and sympathetic ear to the Soros agenda.
Another key organization that is financially supported by Soros is the FPL standing for Faith in Public Life. FPL is given its marching orders in the grant. It also reveals the manipulation and stagecraft employed by the Left to skewer public opinion. OSF shockingly admits that the polling results by FPL are preordained by Soros, as set forth in the grant:
FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being “pro-family” requires addressing growing inequality.
There you go. FPL got its marching orders from its funder to conduct a poll and demonstrate that Catholic voters support Pope Francis on income inequality. Would you ever trust a poll again after seeing the collusion and connivance of the Leftist Soros philanthropy?
Who is FPL, otherwise known as Faith in Public Life? The innocuous and religious sounding organization is another radical leftist Soros funded organization that drives the left’s agenda in the faith community. In 2011 the American Thinker exposed the individuals behind FPL and their leftist organization.
Who could be against an organization that innocuously calls itself “faith in public life.” FPL is yet another of hundreds of Soros funded satellite organizations masquerading as well-meaning philanthropies which in reality promote a radical economic agenda of anti-capitalism and global redistribution.
How fortunate for Soros that he has a new found popular partner, who will promote the leftist agenda using the merciful strong arm tactics of the papacy. Catholics serve as a huge and influential voting block in the U.S. election. For Soros, using the head of the Catholic Church to influence this key voting block is reflecting in the OSF strategic planning notes. This is not the first time that the unholy alliance of Soros and the Vatican successfully collaborated on a political project.
In 2015, the Soros operatives, embedded in the Vatican, directed Pope Francis’ Environmental Agenda, by delivering for Soros and the UN, an Apostolic Exhortation on Climate Change, and a prized papal endorsement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Pope’s apostolic blessing on the Paris Climate Treaty. Soros won the environmental trifecta sealed and delivered by Pope Francis.
With the Soros-driven Environmental Deliverables now achieved by Pope Francis, it is now time to turn to item #2 on the Soros radical socialist agenda: global redistribution of wealth. Apparently, Soros knows that once again Pope Francis will assist in promoting the Soros socialist agenda.
Stay tuned, Catholics, for contrived polling data that reflects your overwhelming support for more global and carbon taxes to redistribute your income more equally. Soros will use the Vatican to promote Hillary, his hand-picked presidential candidate.
You’ve been forewarned.
Reporter, Associate Editor
11:45 PM 08/15/2016
A leaked memo from left-wing financier George Soros’s Open Society Foundations argues that Europe’s refugee crisis should be accepted as a “new normal,” and that the refugee crisis means “new opportunities” for Soros’ organization to influence immigration policies on a global scale.
The nine-page review makes three key points: OSF — which doles out millions to left-wing causes — has been successful at influencing global immigration policy; Europe’s refugee crisis presents “new opportunities” for the organization to influence global immigration policy; and the refugee crisis is the “new normal.”
Soros is involved in the Migrant Crisis, against national borders
Posted on 22 June 2016 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
As people in the UK vote about leaving the EU or staying, there’s this from Breitbart:
Soros Admits Involvement In Migrant Crisis: ‘National Borders Are The Obstacle’
Billionaire investor George Soros has confirmed he wants to bring down Europe’s borders, following the accusation made last week by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Last week, Mr Orban accused Mr Soros – who was born in Hungary – of deliberately encouraging the migrant crisis.
“This invasion is driven, on the one hand, by people smugglers, and on the other by those (human rights) activists who support everything that weakens the nation-state,” Mr Orban said.
“This Western mindset and this activist network is perhaps best represented by George Soros.”
Mr Soros has now issued an email statement to Bloomberg Business, claiming his foundations help “uphold European values”, while Mr Oban’s actions in strengthening the Hungarian border and stopping a huge migrant influx “undermine those values.”