The WikiLeaks dumps are fascinating.

Too bad there are no show-stoppers yet that would bury Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

However, here is something that Catholics might be interested in.

WikiLeaks email ID 6293 calls for a ‘Catholic Spring’. Sandy Newman, who is Jewish, is the president of Voices for Progress. In 2012, he wrote the following to John Podesta (emphases mine throughout):

Hi, John,

This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even though 98% of Catholic women (and their conjugal partners) have used contraception has me thinking . . . There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church. Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could happen. The Bishops will undoubtedly continue the fight. Does the Catholic Hospital Association support of the Administration’s new policy, together with “the 98%” create an opportunity?

Of course, this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance, etc. Even if the idea isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would “plant the seeds of the revolution,” or who would plant them. Just wondering . . .

Podesta replied:

We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United.

Catholics would do well to be leery of such organisations.

Note the words ‘We created’ and ‘organize’. That should give Catholics pause for thought.

When I initially read that email exchange, I was not sure whether to post on it. Was it nothing or something?

So, I dug around a bit and found Bill Donohue’s Catholic League site.

In ‘Podesta must now be fired’, he tells us that both the organisations Podesta names are Soros funded:

Both of these groups, Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United, were created by Podesta, and funded by Soros, for the express purpose of staging a revolt within the Catholic Church.

Donohue went on CNN on October 23, 2008 — weeks before Obama was elected to his first term — to expose the Soros connection. Catholics United got the IRS onto him:

Catholics in Alliance is known for sponsoring dissident Catholics, including priests, to give talks around the nation. Catholics United was the force behind a contrived effort by the IRS to go after me in 2008.

The latter story is illuminating.

On October 23, 2008, I appeared on CNN to discuss the George Soros connection to Catholics United. Before I went on, Chris Korzen of Catholics United contacted CNN in an effort to have me booted. Fortunately, he was so stupid as to share with a producer a lengthy document (it was leaked to me) detailing how unfair I had been to Barack Obama, especially noting his rabid support for abortion.

I say Korzen was stupid because when the IRS contacted me the next month, right around Thanksgiving, I recognized the complaint: it was basically the same as the one that Korzen’s lawyers had sent to CNN.

(The IRS probe finally ended without penalties.)

Podesta suggested that Kathleen Kennedy Townsend might be a go-to person for Catholic Spring.

Donohue tells us:

On March 29, 2012, I quoted her saying that the Catholic Church’s teachings “encourage bigotry and harm.”

Any Catholic who thinks that the Podesta-Soros connection is just another activist alliance is kidding himself. They are creating and funding a campaign to promote a revolution in the Catholic Church.

In ‘Clinton must sanction her bigoted chiefs’, he provides quotes from Podesta — Clinton’s campaign manager — and Jennifer Palmieri, her communications director:

Their contempt for Catholicism is palpable. Documents have surfaced showing that they ridiculed News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch, and Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson, for raising their children Catholic.

He quotes the documents but does not say whether they are online. You can read the quotes at the link. The language and content are offensive.

Die-hard Democrats will say, ‘So what?’

However, should Hillary Clinton reach the Oval Office again — because it’s never been a secret that she and Bill co-governed — who knows how far this could reach?

Conservative Protestants should also take this on board. They, too, could be affected adversely in time.

Donohue wants Clinton to sanction Podesta.

I disagree.

Because of the duplicitous nature of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, to borrow Hillary’s own words about Benghazi: ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’

Can you imagine, though, if Donald Trump’s team said such things? Donohue says:

If Trump’s inner circle spoke with derision about transgender persons, the sirens would be sounded by the mainstream media and his operatives would be hung out to dry.

You bet they would.

Duplicitous Democrats: bad for Catholics, bad for America.

However, the Trump campaign are already on to this. On October 12, they condemned the email during a conference call with the press. Kellyanne Conway and others also called for action to be taken.

Of course, no action will be taken. Regardless, what this does do is point out how anti-Catholic the Clinton campaign people are, even if they have seemingly Catholic names. A great ruse.

Conway, a married mother of four, said:

The hostility to religious liberty and the beliefs that we hold as Catholics should not go unnoticed or unpunished.

Newt Gingrich, a convert to Catholicism, said:

Now we know what Hillary meant by ‘deplorables’ — it was people of faith,” Gingrich reacted to the email.

He said that this should raise concerns to voters about the Supreme Court justices Clinton would appoint, suggesting she would select the “most anti-religious liberty” and “anti-free speech” justices.

Matt Schlapp of Trump’s Catholic advisory group said:

“We’ve all watched this campaign and the public discourse…now we know when the cameras are off and the doors are closed what senior campaign officials think about us. They think we’re backwards,” Schlapp charged, referencing the email mocking baptism. “To me, it demonstrates who the real bigots are in this race.

Indeed. This is why Protestants should not rest easily.

Interested readers can follow #CatholicSpring on Twitter for the latest news and views.


POSTSCRIPT: My reader undergroundpewster, an Episcopalian, sent in an article by Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia for First Things. He describes a meeting two operatives from Catholics United had with him during the McCain/Obama campaign of 2008 then discusses Catholic Spring.

An excerpt follows:

They voiced great concern at the manipulative skill of Catholic agents for the Republican Party. And they hoped my brother bishops and I would resist identifying the Church with single-issue and partisan (read: abortion) politics.

It was an interesting experience. Both men were obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party—creatures of a political machine, not men of the Church; less concerned with Catholic teaching than with its influence. And presumably (for them) bishops were dumb enough to be used as tools, or at least prevented from helping the other side. Yet these two young men not only equaled but surpassed their Republican cousins in the talents of servile partisan hustling. Thanks to their work, and activists like them, American Catholics helped to elect an administration that has been the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers, institutions, concerns and liberty in generations.

I never saw either young man again. The cultural damage done by the current White House has—apparently—made courting America’s bishops unnecessary.

Just so.

Only one candidate this year will actively defend Christian principles and values: Donald J Trump.