Saul Alinsky, Catholic Bishops, Alinsky-inspired Campaign for Human Development ~ When the Devil comes to Church and Stays ~ Author: Judi McLeod
Although I would rate the pulpit politics, including the most recent one from Development and Peace’s “Help to Cool the Earth” campaign devilish, I never til’ now took my friend’s warning literally.
But In fact, the devil has come to church in the name of one Saul Alinsky.
Thanks to colleague Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist Jim O’Neill, who sent me a post by Bob Lunsford this morning quoting Fr. Val J. Peter, I got the chilling skinny on how much at home Beelzebub is in church.
Writes Fr. Peter: “As Lawrence J. Engel relates in “The Influence of Saul Alinsky on the Campaign for Human Development” (Theological Studies, December 1998), to which this article owes a large debt, the CHD began in 1969 as American cities were burning down: Newark, Washington, Detroit, Los Angeles.
It was the height of the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-Vietnam War protests. Some scholars believed the nation was on the road to anarchy. The patriotism of the young during the Kennedy era was gone, replaced with: “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?” (Fr. Val Peter, Oct. 17, 2011).
For four decades the Alinsky-inspired Campaign for Human Development (CHD) escaped close investigation under the fuzzy warm blanket of ‘Social Justice’ that envelops it.
Satan Saul arrived on the altar when the impact of the Second Vatican Council made time ripe for the cunning of Alinsky-style Marxism. Imagine this godless wonder getting to teach unsuspecting Catholics of the day how to follow the call of Vatican 11. The sanctimonious sounding CHD became a powerful branch of community organizing: characteristics of which have been well recorded as strident, threatening, and prone to shakedown. “With your (Catholic) money and my ideas, we can go a long way,” was Alinsky’s clarion call.
This was by no means Saul Alinsky in the abstract. Arguably second only in status to Che Guevara, the world’s ruling Marxist was given $30,000 a year by Cardinal Samuel Stritch for three years to study Chicago’s racially troubled neighborhoods. (Back in those days, no one seemed aware that Chicago’s “racially troubled neighborhoods” was the petri dish result of a deliberate Marxist tactic.)