What can be done?
REGINA has presented a three part series: “Has the Catholic Church been “Alinskied”?
Part One presented a short background on Saul Alinsky and the Catholic Hierarchy he bamboozled.
Part Two presented a background of Alinsky’s influence on the Catholic Church through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Now Part Three presents “What Can Be Done?”
Michael Hichborn, Richard and Stephen Payne, and Beverly Stevens, editor of REGINA all have ideas and knowledge in our subject matter, which will be presented below.
REGINA: In “Has the Catholic Church been Alinskied? Part One” we introduced Saul Alinsky to our readers along with his “Rules for Radicals.” We also introduced our readers to many Catholic hierarchy who embraced Alinsky. We know you have been researching the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for years. Please briefly explain to REGINA readers the connection of Saul Alinsky and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Michael: Alinsky started working with Catholics in the 1930s when he started the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council in Chicago. Through this work he met Msgr. Jack Egan, who would remain a good friend of his until his death in 1972. It was through this relationship that Alinsky was able to begin to obtain Catholic funding for his community organizing efforts in Chicago. By 1969, Alinsky’s efforts were brought to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (later called the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), where a national collection was taken for his community organizing groups called the Campaign for Human Development. In the 1990’s, the word “Catholic” was added to the name of the collection because it had such a bad reputation, even then.
REGINA: How are the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development intertwined?
Michael: The USCCB formally launched its first national collection campaign in 1969, and it was the collection for the Campaign for Human Development. Today, it stands as the official “anti-poverty” program of the USCCB. 25% of what is collected in local dioceses remain in those dioceses, while the other 75% are sent on to the national collection. Since 1969, the national CCHD collection has provided nearly $100 million to Saul Alinsky’s community organizing organizations.
REGINA: In “Has the Catholic Church been Alinskied? Part Three” we are presenting what can be done. Do you have any suggestions?
Michael: There are two ways to combat this kind of rot, and that is through prayer and exposure. All of this begins with prayer because, as St. Paul tells us, we aren’t fighting against flesh and blood, but against “principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” Nothing happens, for good or for evil, without God’s permission so if we don’t seek His Divine Assistance in overcoming the powers of Darkness, our very human efforts will fail as vainglory and folly. So, we must begin with prayer. After prayer, we must do all we can to expose the wicked deeds done under the cover of darkness. Evil plots and plans rarely, if ever, succeed when openly stated, which is why they have to be conducted in secret and behind closed doors.
The reason the CCHD has succeeded for so long in funding rabidly pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-homosexual and Marxist entities is because until recently, there hasn’t been a large enough platform from which to educate the majority of Catholics on what is actually being funded. At the Lepanto Institute, we conduct regular investigations into organizations receiving funding from the CCHD and produce fully documented reports. All the faithful need to do is read the reports, print out the ones they believe to be most relevant, and contact their bishop to request a meeting to discuss what we’ve reported. At the very least, send copies of these reports to bishops asking for the bishop to either respond to the specific evidence contained in the reports or pull out of the national CCHD collection altogether.
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, the Movie
Two reviewers wrote about Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing when the movie came out in 2016. We will let these reviewers use their words speak for the Paynes movie.
The first reviewer is Lisa Bourne, at Lifesite News, in her article “New film shows ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ still a threat”
“A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” is a powerful and brave attempt to sound the alarm for those not yet fully aware of Saul Alinksy and the threat he still poses to the U.S. and the Catholic Church.
It calls for a return to the Church’s social principles rooted in the supernatural life — the sacred dignity of human life, solidarity of God’s children and concern for the human family and the principle of subsidiarity, the primacy of grassroots decision-making — for the sake of saving society from continued destruction of the culture of death brought about by Marxism.”
And Joseph Pronechen, a writer for NC Register wrote about Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing:
“The film helps us understand how these goals have affected our society, politics (some top politicians were Alinsky followers), media, entertainment, families, morality, culture and even, sadly, some inside our Church. We have to be aware of that. St. John Paul II called this culture of death.
We’re reminded the names of the devil are his tactics — liar, deceiver, divider, accuser, adversary, lawless one, destroyer. Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer. Sadly, and tragically, Alinsky said if there is a heaven or hell, he would choose to the latter where he could organize. We’re told not to hate Alinsky but pray for him.
Despite all this the Paynes don’t leave us stranded because ultimately, they said the film is not a political one but a spiritual one. The last part, beautifully intertwined with the delicacy of lace yet the strength of steel, shows us that despite what has been done to America, by seeing what we have to reclaim there is hope of restoration.
The filmmakers spell out the way with uplifting visual details that multiply the effect of the narrative line which Stephen Payne delivers in a way that brings the viewer to trust the facts as coming from a caring authority who is also a friend.
We see what are the true social principles of the Catholic Church, how to restore our country to a nation recognizing that rights come from God and our God-given heritage, and how important our Blessed Mother is in this reclamation.
The Paynes end as they began, with the story of a wolf — only this one ends differently.
Don’t miss this most timely film about the wolves in sheep’s clothing at this critical time in our country and world.”
Buy or rent the movie here!
Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor wrote in an article titled “SEVEN ‘BUTS’ I DON’T WANT TO HEAR AGAIN”
“The potential for horrendous corruption – especially in the age of the internet which makes moving funds super-easy — is huge. The evidence of Church corruption is crystal clear; almost every time we turn around, it’s there, across many countries. In big cities. Small towns. Rural dioceses. Faithful Catholics aren’t buying the spun narratives anymore and are letting this be known by their bold posts on social media and by their lack of donations to Church fundraisers. We need, as Catholics, to demand that our hierarchy and the Pope do their jobs. If they do not, we have a duty to with-hold funds and publicly demand their removal. We also have a duty to support law enforcement on this. Period. End of Story. No ‘buts’ about it.”
Also recommended reading: REGINA’s series
That’s My Money, Your Excellency here!
Safe Spaces for Catholic Money here!
Safe Spaces for Catholic Money (2) here!
Safe Spaces for Catholic Money (3) here!
We have presented in Part One a short background on Saul Alinsky and the Catholic Hierarchy he bamboozled. We presented in Part Two a background of Alinsky’s influence on the Catholic Church through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In Part Three, we presented Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto
Institute, Richard and Stephen Payne of City of Light Studios, and Beverly Stevens editor of REGINA Magazine in helping us understand what we can do to counteract being alinskied by the Church or others.
Part One here
Part Two here
Michael Hichborn bio:
I’m the eldest of five children and the father of seven. I met my wife at Christendom college, where we both obtained degrees in political science and economics. I went on to obtain a Master’s degree in education, helped found two Catholic high schools in the Fredericksburg area of Virginia, worked in the pro-life movement at American Life League for almost eight years, and founded the Lepanto Institute in 2015.
When I was working for American Life League, I started uncovering an interesting network of Catholic agencies that were undermining the cause of the pro-life movement by financing and partnering with organizations that were promoting abortion, contraception, homosexuality, and even Marxism. Because the scope of this investigation exceeded the mission of American Life League, I decided it was time to branch out and continue these investigations independently. And so now, the mission and focus of the Lepanto Institute is defend the Church from Her enemies, both on the outside and on the inside of the Church. On our website (www.Lepantoin.org) is a Charity Reports list of nearly 70 organizations we have thoroughly vetted and reported on that people can examine to see which groups we recommend or do not recommend, based on a moral criteria.
Prayer to Saint Michael
Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen