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Miguel DiazIn a recent CNA (Catholic News Agency) article, the nominee to the post of American Ambassador to the Vatican — Dr Miguel Diaz — used the following phraseology:

  • ‘Seeking the common ground’
  • ‘Commitment to public action and service’
  • ‘Not limited to the realm of books … and the classroom’
  • ‘Worked to engage local communities in exploring the role of religion in uniting people’
  • ‘A leading role in promoting cultural, racial and religious diversity on American college campuses’
  • ‘Dialogues related to cultural diversity, immigration, poverty, and the role of religion in society’.

Would you, too, like an important high-profile job? If so, you’ll want to learn the Postmodern Progressive Lingo:

  • Common ground: This is a very important term to use when you want to get middle-class heads nodding as you go for their jugular with radical plans 
  • Public action: This term appeals to progressives almost instinctively; as with so many things, it can be used for good or bad
  • Engage: Every leader uses this word, to the extent where I can’t remember what people used to say before it came into vogue in the 1990s 
  • Local communities: This is another knee-jerk progressive term, very popular with activists, agitators and community organisers
  • Role: This means more than ‘role’ used to mean, so feel free to charge it up as much as you like in the Postmodern Progressive Framework
  • Uniting people: Bringing progressives together wherever they may be, although  you might not be welcome unless you can nod your head to the phrase ‘common ground’
  • Promoting diversity: This involves bringing people together from various smaller groups in a multi-pronged pincer movement to effect pressure, or ‘change’
  • Cultural: Very important as it links in with ‘promoting diversity’ — part of the Progressive Pressurisation Plan, the multi-pronged pincer movement 
  • Dialogue: This word appeals to anyone with a university degree, special interest groups and consulting companies.

These words are all out of the Postmodern Progressive Playbook, best exemplified by Saul Alinsky‘s Rules for Radicals, used to help Senator Obama stomp all over fellow Senator Hillary Clinton and Governor Sarah Palin to win last year’s Presidential election.  

With the language used above — which one never sees on traditional Catholic or Calvinist sites — it’s hard to believe that Dr Diaz is actually a Professor of Theology at St John’s University and the College of St Benedict in Minnesota.  He hasn’t mentioned God, Christianity or Catholicism once.  Why?

Has Dr Diaz ever worked as a community organiser, I wonder?  What kind of diversity does he need to promote at the Vatican?  Will he act as community organiser for disaffected cardinals?  Mobilise bishops to march on the Vatican?  Oh, no, sorry — he would be Ambassador to the Vatican, so, uhh, working with it not against it?

In closing, please note Alinsky’s rules 10 and 11:

10. You do what you can with what you have and clothe it in moral garments.
11. Goals must be phrased in general terms like ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’, ‘Of the Common Welfare’, ‘Pursuit of Happiness’, or ‘Bread and Peace’.

Also note that Rules for Radicals was dedicated to Lucifer.  Yes, that Lucifer.

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