Can’t we Catholics all get along? Or get things straight?
In the October 23, 2009 issue of the Catholic New World, there is an article entitled: “Local CCHD [Catholic Campaign for Human Development] effort address concerns over ACORN,” a statement was made that the leaders of Catholic Citizens of Illinois have said they will not boycott the campaign this year. This is not true.
Catholic Citizens is a conservative group. The New World is published by the archdiocese, giver of money to ACORN, the heavily besmirched organization of community organizations on the Alinsky model. Cath Citizens have opposed this giving, having hosted and heard out the man from the Capital Research Center, which keeps track of who gives what to whom.
Capital Research Center analyzes organizations that promote the growth of government and identifies viable private alternatives to government regulatory and entitlement programs.
Cath Citizens also pay attention to what’s found by Bellarmine Veritas Ministry, “a Catholic grass-roots organizing ministry dedicated to truth and action” that foreswears creation of “faceless political power and revolution,” arguing that “all true power comes from God alone.” They seek instead “to instill the fearless hope that comes from walking in light and truth.”
I spell this out, or let them do so, because it emphasizes the central, in my view, critique of Alinskyism, with its embracing of the power principle and its making success depend on the enemy’s reaction.
Monsignor Robert Fox in Harlem in the 60s also rejected the social ju-jitsu that Alinsky promoted (and sold to assorted Catholic prelates), instead urging parishioners to take back mean streets with candle-light processions. (I wrote about it for my employer, Ave Maria Magazine, in 1968.) “The people, yes” was his implied motto, but as people assert their freedom, not as they force others to comply.
At issue now is whether Catholic Citizens will boycott the Catholic Campaign, as it did last year, over issues related to ACORN. The local campaign director, Rey [sic] Flores, says they will not, according to the New World.
Wrong-o, says Cath Citizens head woman Mary Anne Hackett: “This is not true.”
Meeting with Flores and the archdiocese’s head man for Peace and Justice, Hackett and three Cath Citizens board members (she and two others? not clear)
reiterated [their] position that the name of the CCHD had been irreparably damaged by recent revelations of donations to ACORN, [its] community organizing which in some cases had involved pro-abortion groups, and [its involvement in] voter fraud in over 12 states and that we are unable to support it [CCHD] as it presently operates.
They would cooperate, but “No promise [of support] was made by the members of Catholic Citizens who were present at the meeting.”
Oops. Back to the drawing board for Rey Flores and — who knows? — the New World too. At least the latter has to do something — run a skinback or stand its ground one way or another.
The writer may have been (inadvertently) misled by Flores, but it’s important that she and her newspaper get this straight — online right now and in a week or so when their next hard copy comes out.