The Right Wing of America's
Every once in a while in its two thousand year history there has been a brief period when liberals have gained the upper hand in the Roman Catholic Church. In early 2015, it appears that may be the case with Pope Francis at the helm. It remains to be seen just how liberal the church will become, or how long it will take for the conservatives to get the helm back, and for Roman Catholicism to get back to its normally conservative stance in the world. This web page was produced before the election of Pope Francis, so it may not reflect the situation at the time when you are reading this
Papal contempt for Liberal values of democracy & equality :
"It is ' false and absurd or rather mad', Pope Gregory XVI declared in 1832, 'that we must secure and guarantee to each one liberty of conscience; this is one of the most contagious of errors . . . To this is attached liberty of the press, the most dangerous liberty, an execrable liberty, which can never inspire sufficent horror.' " [ Constantine's Sword, p. 441
In 1864 Pius IX published his "Syllabus of Errors" which contained: See entire text at http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/p9syll.htm
"On the 18th of June, 1871, responding to a deputation of French Catholics, Pius IX spoke thus:
"The Anglican Church Times saw the pope as the divider rather than uniter of Christendom and greeted the encyclical with 'disgust and derision'. The leader-writer pointed out that Pius had no sympathy with civilization, progress, science or intellect. He looked on these as `deadly enemies of faith'."
Lest there be any doubt how the control of the Roman Catholic Church shifted from the Liberals in high places for a brief period when John XXIII was elevated to the papacy and they prevailed on a few issues during the Second Vatican Council, see the 33 day papacy of the ultra-Liberal John Paul the First, where we show that the ultra-Conservatives would stop at nothing - including the murder of at least one liberal pope and of several liberal papal electors (i.e. cardinals) in order to get the Catholic Church back into total Conservative control..
America's Roman Catholic Right Wing
The "Religious Right" is more than Fundamentalists and theocrats like Pat Robertson and Gerry Falwell. These celebrities represent the Protestant wing of the Religious Right, but the Vatican Curia, Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and most of the bishops whom they have appointed and control throughout the world represent the Catholic wing of the "Religious Right". Many people are under the illusion that because the Catholic hierarchy in the United States has been fairly liberal in the past that they are an exception. But the fact is that just about every bishop in the U.S. today was hand-picked by Pope John Paul II, because he agreed to a large extent with his ultra-conservative world view. (One famous exception in America today is Bishop Thomas Gumbleton who is quite Liberal, but was nothing but a powerless "auxiliary bishop" for his entire 38 year career, since he was appointed by Pope Paul VI.) The U.S.A.'s conservative prelates may not agree on every detail of the Religious Right's agenda, but the following shows that they agree with them enough to make them allies when and where it counts :
where Catholics are instructed to base their votes (and party affiliation) only on these five "non-negotiable" issues :
"Do not reward with your vote candidates who are right on lesser issues but who are wrong on key moral issues. One candidate may have a record of voting exactly as you wish, aside from voting also in favor of, say, euthanasia. Such a candidate should not get your vote. Candidates need to learn that being wrong on even one of the non-negotiable issues is enough to exclude them from consideration."
The Church's support for the Republican PartyWhat greater contribution can the Church make to the Republican Party than its efforts ( in 2004) to defeat these Catholic (mostly Democratic) public servants :http://www.cathfam.org/cfexcom/Excom.html
|Conservative U.S. Bishops who have taken public actions against liberal Democratic politicians for not towing the conservative Catholic line regarding abortion:|
See their actual statements at :
Examples of conservative R C Catholic opposition to
The Church's Opposition to Homosexuality:One of Pope Benedict XVI 's first public positions is objection to Spain's efforts to treat its gay citizens fairly.
Then. just weeks after his election to the papacy,
"Pope Benedict XVI Condemns Same-Sex Unions"
"Benedict, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, spearheaded a Vatican campaign against same-sex unions in 2003, issuing guidelines for Catholic politicians to oppose laws granting legal rights to gay couples when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The former cardinal also frequently voiced the church's opposition to abortion "
Michigan considering legislation to
allow Doctors to refuse to treat gays
"Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or
sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed by the Michigan House.
The Catholic Church has such a problem with the issue
of homosexuality, that we devote a separate page to that issue at
| AP story : J.F.K. denounced in Congress
A Roman Catholic priest caused a stir on the House floor Tuesday (4/13/04), when he urged lawmakers (in the U.S. House) to "be the antithesis of John Kennedy."
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004
The U.S. mainstream media today is awash with Roman Catholicsand most of these Journalists and Pundits
are well right of center.
The Church's Support of Ultra-Conservatism
Mel Gibson was interviewed by the Herald Sun in Australia, and the reporter asked the star if Protestants are denied eternal salvation. "There is no salvation for those outside the Church," Gibson replied. "I believe it." He elaborated:
Mel Gibson has a great deal of respect for his 85 year old father, Hutton Gibson, who has spent years writting ultra-Conservative screeds denying the Jewish Holocaust and denouncing the Roman Catholic Church's Second Vatican Council, After calling for "complete destruction" of the post-Vatican II church, about which he wrote, "To any who impede (his idea of orthodox pre-Vatican Catholicism), to all who promoted the current deviation, through act or omission, we most heartedly wish the end they have chosen: May they roast eternally in the deepest pit of hell!"http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4224452/
Pope John Paul II message to "Liberal" Catholics( 16 September 1987 ) :
"It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today, do not adhere to the teaching of the Church on a number of questions; notably, sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage, some are reported as not accepting the Church's clear position on abortion. It has also been noted that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective to their adherence to the Church's moral teaching. It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the Magisterium is totally compatible with being a "good Catholic" and poses no obstacle to the reception of the sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching office of the Bishops of the United States and elsewhere."
"Michael Novak, an intellectual leader of Catholic neoconservatives, along with University of Notre Dame professor of medieval studies Ralph McInerny, launched Catholicism in Crisis in 1982. The publication provided a voice for conservative critics of the American hierarchy at a time when the U.S. Bishops Conference was preparing pastoral letters on war and the economy. "
"Theologically, Crisis was conservative, backing Pope John Paul II and critical of those whose interpretations of the Second Vatican Council differed from those offered by Rome. Over the years, the magazine's contributing editors and publication committee would become a who's who of conservative Catholicism: papal biographer George Weigel, Nurturing Network president Mary Cunningham Agee, former Drug Czar William Bennett, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, CEO J. Peter Grace, former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Thomas Melady, Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, novelist Walker Percy, former Treasury Secretary William Simon, and political activist Paul Weyrich among them."
. . . Deal Hudson "He secured support from the right-leaning Bradley and Scaife foundations that would total more than six figures; Domino's Pizza, owned by conservative Catholic activist Tom Monahan, signed up for 1,000 subscriptions."
Father John McCloskey is a graduate from Columbia, who was a Wall Streeter who worked at Citibank and Merrill Lynch before becomikng a priest and the the director of the Opus Dei-run the Catholic Information Center of Washington, D. C. Among his well known converts are CNBC supply-side economic analyst Lawrence Kudlow, and U.S. Senator Sam Brownback or journalist Robert Novak.
Excerpts from : boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2003/11/02/the_crusaders/:
The (U.S. Catholic) Crusaders
"A powerful faction of religious and political conservatives is waging a latter-day counterreformation, battling widespread efforts to liberalize the American Catholic Church. And it has the clout and the connections to succeed.
Pope John Paul II
"During his 25-year pontificate, the pope has allied himself with the traditionalist side of every ongoing dispute within the Catholic Church. He's done so in his 2,400 public speeches and in his 14 encyclicals and in the fact that he has named 130 of the 135 cardinals who will vote on his eventual successor. He's even done so in the 477 saints he's canonized, more than the combined total of his 17 immediate predecessors. These latter-day saints include Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer, the Spanish founder of the Opus Dei movement.
Bishops Tighten (Conservative) Control
Richmond's new Bishop, Francis Di Lorenzo, who replaced
Bishop Walter Sullivan only four months ago, has discontinued the
diocesan "sexual minorities" commission which had advised Sullivan on
gay and lesbian concerns. Di Lorenzo also appointed a theological
watchdog, Fr. Russel E. Smith, who must grant approval for all parish
speakers. "Every case will be decided according to the same standard:
orthodoxy" said Smith, whose duties include investigating complaints
that lay people are preaching at worship. DiLorenzo also removed a
woman from the diocesan women's commission because she supported
women's ordination. (America, 8/13/2004).
Liberal Catholics threatened with automatic excommunication
Another early action of the new Pope Benedict was to have the fairly Liberal Jesuit editor of the magazine America removed from that post.
According to the famous American writer, Father Andrew Greely,
writing for http://www.beliefnet.com/story/106/story_10626_1.html ,
"As I read the recent comments of Vatican apparatchiks about the sex abuse crisis in this country, I wonder whether they are trying to destroy Catholicism in America or themselves.
Do you know what the most important building in North America is? At http://www.stas.org/whoweare/stas.shtml, the official web site of a little known Catholic Seminary which was dedicated on October 8, 1988, we are given the answer. According to the visiting megalomaniac Superior General of the Dominican Order, Fr. Franz Schmidberger, it is this St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, Wisc.
The following is a summary of a lengthy interview published in one of the largest Spanish daily papers, "El Paris," on November 7, 1984."
In Latin America the crisis is due, according to Ratzinger, to "Marxist influences," and affirms that dialogue with the liberation theologians is impossible since "they accept as fact the illusionary goal of utilizing the class struggle as a means of achieving reforms and eliminating misery and injustice." In Europe and the United States, the crisis lies in "permissive morality" and blames North American theologians, "who have not been capable of defending Catholic ethics as being reasonable."
Pope John Paul II condemns "neoliberalism" in Ecclesia in America, as social sin that cries to heaven
by Louise and Mark Zwick
"More and more, in many countries of America, a system known as "neoliberalism" prevails; based on a purely economic conception of the human person, this system considers profit and the law of the market as its only parameters, to the detriment of the dignity of and the respect due to individuals and peoples. At times this system has become the ideological justification for certain attitudes and behavior in the social and political spheres leading to the neglect of the weaker members of society. Indeed, the poor are becoming ever more numerous, victims of specific policies and structures which are often unjust." [from Ecclesia in America (No. 56), Report of the Synod of America]
WHAT IS NEOLIBERALISM?
Neoliberalism is known in the United States as neoconservatism. Its Catholic proponents are Fr. John Neuhaus, George Weigel, Michael Novak and Fr. Robert Sirico. Their publications are available through the American Enterprise Institue, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Acton Institute and First Things magazine.
"When the Christian majority takes over this country, there will be no satanic churches, no more free distribution of pornography, no more talk of rights for homosexuals. After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism will be seen as immoral and evil and the state will not permit anybody the right to practice evil." –Gary Potter, president of Catholics for Christian Political Action
"After the Zapatista uprising in 1994, Bishop Samuel Ruiz received international recognition when he was accepted as the mediator between the Mexican government and the Zapatista Liberation Assembly. He was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize in the 1990s.
"In 1993 Mexico's conservative Apostolic Nuncio, Jeronimo Prigione, attempted to remove Ruiz from the San Cristóbal Diocese. Ruiz was defended by two other Mexican bishops, Arizmendi and Bishop Felipe Aguirre Franco of the Diocese of Tuxtla Gutierrez, also located in Chiapas. Arizmendi and Aguirre sent a letter praising Ruiz for his work among the indigenous communities of the diocese (SourceMex, Latin America Data Base, Lat. Am. Institute, UNM, Vol. 11, No. 4, Ap. 12).
Was Conservative opposition to "Liberation Theology"
See murderedpope.html &
THE VATICAN, AND THE CIA.
KNIGHTS OF DARKNESS (and Conservativism)
In January 1997, "Jim" Nicholson, whom George W. Bush made his U.S. Ambassador the Holy See, was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee . . . In his first year as Chairman, he broke all party records for fundraising, helping to win the stunning series of 1997 election victories now known as the Republican "Clean Sweep". . . Under Nicholson, the Republican Party won the Presidency, the Congress, a majority of Governorships, and state legislatures, a feat not done by Republicans in nearly fifty years.
In 1999, Nicholson was honored by induction as a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. . .
Pope John Paul II elevated Opus Dei, with 72,000 members in 80 countries, to the status of a religious order.
Cardinal Spellman was the U.S. spiritual leader of the Knights of Malta.
Father E. Walsh created the Georgetown University Center for International Affairs and Strategic Studies became the first major CIA training center. This Jesuit priest was the motivating force behind Joe McCarthy's campaign against "communism" in the 50s, and he is a long-time member of the Knights of Malta.
Cardinal Avery Dulles – As the son of John Foster Dulles, then Secretary of State, and a nephew to Allen Dulles, then CIA director, young navy lieutenant Avery was assigned to help the Nazi War criminal Martin Bormann escape to Argentina. He then became a Jesuit priest, a theologian, and is now working as an advisor at Georgetown University. He also is a member of the Knights of Malta.
A survey by the Los Angeles Times has found that younger Catholic priests are "markedly more conservative" than older fellow priests. Clerics under the age of 41 were more supportive of the hierarchy and expressed less dissent against church teachings on abortion, contraception, homosexuality and other moral issues. Three-quarters of younger priests described themselves as "more religiously orthodox" than older priests.
Large majorities of older priests supported the ordination of married men and the creation of women deacons. A small majority supported the ordination of women. Two-thirds of younger priests opposed women deacons and women priests, although a small majority supported the ordination of married men. One older priest, Father Vincent Inghilterra, 60, summarized what older priests believed about their parishioners, "The Catholic people will do what they feel is right in their hearts-with or without the blessing of the local priest." However, Father Matthew O'Donnell, 39, argued, "Beauty and liberty comes in accepting church teachings, not making your own theology." The poll included 1,854 priests in 80 US dioceses.
Pope Makes Opus Dei Leader Quickest Canonization
Pope John Paul II has canonized Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer, the Spanish Roman Catholic priest and founder of the Opus Dei movement. Critics raised concerns about the speed of the canonization. While some canonizations take hundreds of years to take place, Escriva died in 1975 and was beatified in 1992. In 24 years Pope John Paul II has canonized more than 450 men and women- more than any other pope in history and twice as many as took place in the previous 400 years.
Opus Dei (God's work) has flourished under the current papacy, mainly due to its strict adherence to traditional church teachings. Despite having only 80,000 members in 80 countries, Opus Dei has considerable political and financial influence. Critics accuse Opus Dei of being secretive and elitist, as well as utilizing cult-like recruitment methods and allowing membership by invitation only. The Vatican's press spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, is a member.
Other powerful ultra-conservative Catholics in the U.S.A. (whose possible connection to secret societies is unknown to me :) : Brent Bozell III, Pat & Baye Buchanon, Allan Keyes, Andrew Sullivan, Brent Bozell III, Pat Buchanan, Baye Buchanan, Bill Bennett, Bill O'Reilly (has his own TV & radio shows), Glen Beck (ex-Catholic, now atheist or Mormon?), Robert Novak, Phyllis Schlafly, Michelle Malkin, David Keene, Richard Viguerie,Kate O'Beirne, Terry Jeffries, Sean Hannity (ex-seminarian, has his own TV show), Kelly Anne Fitzpatrick, Mary Matlin, John McLaughlin, (has his own TV show), Robert Bork, Mrs. Robert (Mary Ellen) Bork, Michael Novak, Fr. Richard Neuhaus, William A. Donohue, Dinesh D'Souza , George Weigel. Recently deceased: Cal Thomas, Paul Weyrich, Tony Snow (spokesman for G.W.Bush White House),
the Catholic Religious Right:
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