LEAKED EMAIL. Astroturf "Catholic" Groups Used By Democrats To Create A 'Catholic Spring'

LEAKED EMAIL. Astroturf "Catholic" Groups Used By Democrats To Create A 'Catholic Spring'

Yesterday I posted on one of the hacked John Podesta emails, provided courtesy of Wikileaks, that revealed a “senior fellow” at the Center for American Progress accusing conservative Catholics of “bastardizing” Catholicism by actually caring about its teachings. Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, agreed with him.

Now we have more emails. One is particularly troubling. It starts off with this note from Sandy Newman who is president of something called Voices for Progress. Newman’s bio paints him as something of a modern day “red diaper baby” who has devoted his life to furthering the ends of the Communist International progressive movement. In it, Newman bemoans Catholic bishops actually being Catholic and voices his desire to “plant the seeds of the revolution” in the Catholic Church.


This is a novel way of solving the whole religious freedom issue. Just change the beliefs of religions to conform to the Democrat platform.

What he gets back is a rather stunning admission from Podesta. Progressives are running two astroturf Catholic organizations masquerading as associations of grassroots Catholics.


Catholics United portrays itself as non-partisan and is organized as a 501(c)4.

Catholics United is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition. We accomplish this mission through online advocacy and educational activities.

It has contributed heavily to Democrat politicians who support abortion and a wide variety of sexual perversions.

Catholics United aims to raise $500,000 to support congressional candidates who backed health care reform, the liberal-leaning Catholic advocacy group announced Wednesday.

It’s planning to pour money into four races in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia to start, and it hopes to widen its efforts as November’s elections approach.

The group will defend Democratic Reps. John Boccieri of Ohio, Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Tom Perriello of Virginia.

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is organized as a 501(c)3. However, its founder is Tom Perriello. If the name looks familiar, it is because he is mentioned on the line just above this one. Perriello also worked for Catholics United.

What is funny, if anything is funny about a political party’s operatives setting up astroturf groups to challenge the teachings of a religion, is the fact that Podesta admits both these groups are floundering and that it will take an organic movement by Quisling Catholics to achieve his aims.

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