Heads Up Conservative Catholics

Next Sunday Catholic churches all across the country will be passing the baskets for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. It saddens me to say, you may want to consider not giving, this year.

Richard A. Viguerie, a ‘founder of the modern conservative movement’ and an active member of a Catholic parish in the Arlington, Virginia diocese, is sending word to Catholics throughout America, to inform them of the nature of organizations supported by the leftwing  Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Until the problems are corrected, I see no reason to support this drive.

Catholics are led to believe that their contributions to CCHD are used to help the poor — funding soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other worthwhile projects that provide aid to the least fortunate among us.

In fact, it appears almost none of the money goes to the poor.

Rather, it goes to organizations that engage in “community organizing” to promote a political agenda that many Catholics would find abhorrent, if only they knew. CCHD’s stated goal is “breaking the cycle of poverty,” but CCHD-funding organizations support policies that make it next to impossible for the poor to escape their circumstances.

It’s time for America’s Catholics to rise up, let their voices be heard, and take the ACTION STEPS listed below.

ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) received some $7.3 million from the CCHD in 1998-2008, and even more in earlier years. ACORN’s direct funding from CCHD was cut off in 2008, but only because of an eight-year-old embezzlement scandal that made it impossible to get a proper accounting of the money.

It appears that the Bishops’ problem was with ACORN’s poor “accounting” practices, rather than with the goals and tactics of a group that blurs the distinction between a radical political organization and a Mafia-style racket.

ACORN is currently under investigation or indictment in 20 states for voter fraud.

But ACORN is only one of many problematic organizations that has been supported by CCHD:

According to Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center, CCHD money has funded the Industrial Areas Foundation (described by its founder as a “school for professional radicals”), the Midwest Academy (which trains in left-wing confrontation and intimidation), and other related organizations such as the Direct Action and Research Training Institute, People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), and the Gamaliel Foundation.

The network of organizations funded by CCHD is rooted not in the principles of Jesus Christ, who eschewed politics, but in the teachings of a Marxist and atheist, Saul Alinsky.

The Gamaliel Foundation, the Midwest Academy, and PICO have earned themselves profiles at David Horowitz’s guide to the political left, Discover the Networks.

You can read Viguerie’s complete media advisory, here.

Steps you can take:


Here are the ACTION STEPS you can take to stop them:

1. REFUSE to give a single cent to the bishops’ November appeal.

2. FORWARD THIS E-MAIL to friends, family members, co-workers, and all Catholics you know. (Even friends who aren’t Catholic can help by forwarding this message to their Catholic friends.)

3. SIGN OUR PETITION at http://conservativehq.com/petitions/
This petition that will be sent to the American cardinals and all other members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

4. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PASTOR and/or BISHOP (through a letter, e-mail, phone call, or personal visit) and tell him that you will not contribute to any cause that’s promoted in the names of the bishops until they STOP USING CONTRIBUTIONS TO FUND LEFT-WING POLITICS.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit, where a reader emails:

BIG NEWS is this: A few of the bishops have decided not to take up the collection–because of CCHD’s funding of ACORN, Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation, several other Alinsky-connected groups, many Marxist “social justice” and “social development” groups…

That’s good to know. They need to get together and straighten this out.


Matthew Vadum: Left-Wing Radicalism in the Church: CCHD and ACORN


LifeNews.com reports:

Obama Will Remove Abortion Funding Ban From Health Care Bill, Advisor Says

News from Notre Dame:

University supports students’ participation in “Gay Rights” March; Father Jenkins is reappointed President; Father McBrien disparages Eucharistic Adoration.

A very worthy cause: Free The ND 88

Did you know that there are still charges pending against 88 peaceful defendants who protested onto Notre Dame’s campus, last Spring, when the Obama spoke there?

Among them were at least one priest and several nuns, Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, two ladies – Jane Brennan, author of Motherhood Interrupted (2008), and Laura Rohling – who preach about healing and hope after abortion in the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, and many other non-violent participants in America’s pro-life movement.

Doug Hoffman Announces He’s “Un-Conceding” NY-23 Race On Glenn Beck Show

Can he do that?

Just saw this via Twitter:

Doug Hoffman now only trails Owens by 2,000 votes. There are over 10,000 ballots left to count.  The final count will be complete by Thursday.

Another update: AT 9:30 am CST on the Glenn Beck radio program, Doug Hoffman said he’s “UN”-conceding and looking forward to the vote count! The un-conceding is of course unofficial, BUT Owens has said that if the vote count goes to Hoffman, he will step down.

This Free Republic post corroborates:

Doug Hoffman just told Glenn Beck they are 2000 votes behind in NY 23with 10,000 absentee votes left to count.

This is NOT over.

Still a long shot…and if it turns out that he won the most votes, then what? Owens has already been sworn in. Would Pelosi really allow him to step down?

Ed Morrisey threw cold water on the prospect, last week, when it was widely reported that Hoffman still had a chance:

Now that Owens has taken the oath of office, the count of absentee ballots is technically moot.  The House would have to reject Owens in a floor challenge in order to seat Hoffman instead.  That’s even less likely than Hoffman winning the election with a 3026-vote gap prior to the absentee ballot count.

It would be a moral victory, anyway.


The plot thickens…

Hoffman told Neil Cavuto on Friday that The NY Board of Elections had told Nancy Pelosi that they could not certify the vote, but she still chose to swear in Owens (so he could vote for Pelosicare).

If she went ahead an seated Owens to the objection of the New York Board of Elections…well, that changes things in my estimation. It would be a major scandal for Owens not to step down under those circumstances.


Via Hot Air, here’s the video  from the Glenn Beck Show:


Massachusetts School Bans Christmas Items From “Holiday” Shop


Santa Clause items deemed one step away from Nazi stuff  according to one parent.

When a couple of parents suggested, you know…Christmasy items be allowed in the school’s holiday shop, even red and green tissue paper was rejected. No holiday related items to be allowed at the holiday sale!

After meeting with members of the Byam Elementary School PTO, two mothers asking to put the holidays back into the school’s annual holiday gift shop say Byam isn’t budging.

Kathryn McMillan and Kathleen Cullen, who both have children at Byam, asked school officials to allow all holiday items at the gift shop following a ban on Santa, candy canes, stockings, and all Christmas, Hanukkah and other “religious items.”

But a meeting with some PTO parents on Thursday night grew heated as emotions got in the way.

Red and green tissue paper to wrap presents was also crossed off the list because it looked too “Christmasy,” McMillan said.

“One of the parents said, ‘If we allow Santa, what do we say if a child brings in a swastika? Do we allow that too?’ ” McMillan said. “All I could think of was, are you kidding? You’re comparing a Christmas ornament to a swastika? It seems as if reason is lost somewhere and I just hope we can find it again.”

Let’s see… Santa is is a fictional character who brings joy to children all around the world…. and the swastika represents one of the most evil regimes the world has ever known; one that killed millions of innocent men women and children…

Yeah, sure…I can totally see the confusion, there…..GAH! I am so glad I don’t live in Taxachusetts.

What’s sad is, this type of demented, leftist mindset now infects the highest levels of our government.

Hat tip Weasel Zippers

Linked by KTLK’s Chris Baker

We used to listen to Chris when he was on KCMO here in the KC area. Loved him.

Does he still pal around with Larry the Cable Guy?


Speaking of Nazis….

How Hitler’s Nazi propaganda machine tried to take Christ out of Christmas

Yet it happened.

Also linked to by Cindy Hailey who has the latest at  the Norfolk Grandparenting Examiner:
Is a spirit of Scrooge limiting your grandchild’s school’s Holiday Season?