13 Sep Has The Catholic Church Been “Alinskied”? Part One
“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”
― Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (4)
REGINA presents a three part series: “Has the Catholic Church been “Alinskied”?
Part One presents a short background on Saul Alinsky and the Catholic Hierarchy he bamboozled.
Part Two presents a background of the Alinsky’s influence on Catholic Church through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Part Three presents “What Can Be Done!”
The quotation at the beginning is quite some dedication. This man, Saul Alinsky, has influenced not just many political leaders, but many Catholic Church leaders during the past 50 years. The political leaders should be known to many: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, among others.
But how about the Catholic Church? Shane Schaetzel, a Catholic blogger, writes “I’m talking about the Catholicism of Cardinal John Deardon, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, Cardinal Blaise Cupich, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Pope Francis.”
Add to this list Monsignor Egan of Chicago, Bishop Bernard Sheil of Chicago and his secretary Monsignor Peter Meegan, Father Marvin Mottet of Davenport, Father P. David Finks of the Diocese of Rochester, Monsignor Geno Baroni of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Urban Office numerous University of Notre Dame leaders of the late 1960s such as Fr Theodore Hesburgh. Jacques Maritain, a French Catholic Philosopher, was know to be a friend of Alinsky. He is known to have said: “I do not know if Saul Alinsky knows God. But I assure you that God knows Saul Alinsky.”
Monsignor Peter Meegan and his brother Joseph of Chicago are said to have introduced Alinsky to the inner workings of the Catholic Church around 1938. These Chicago Catholic men taught Alinsky the importance of working at the grass roots of the working class. Monsignor Egan helped Alinsky with the labor movement of the 30s and 40s. Alinsky was able to get Bishop Sheil and John L. Lewis of the CIO (later the AFL-CIO) together on a public stage for a Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council political rally. And now the trifecta of the church, labor, and alinskyism with the imprimatur of Bishop Sheil was born.
Archbishop Montini of Milan (future Pope Paul VI) even is known to have met with Alinsky in 1958 (2, 10, 11).
One must understand Alinsky’s rules to understand his influence. He wrote several books, his second was called Rules for Radicals, but, I will not link to it here. If you are interested you can find it yourself. In his book were “13 Rules for Radicals,” a playbook of sorts. I have included them below. Read them and understand them, as they are being used by politicians and by many in the Catholic hierarchy.
Saul Alinsky’s 13 Rules for Radicals.
1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (1)
After reading these rules, don’t forget them. They are being used continuously by many of the Catholic hierarchy, communists, and leftists daily. Next watch the 1966 Alinsky interview below, then read Part Two (here)!
Part Two Here
Part Three Here