Shortly after Wikileaks exposed emails showing Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta mocking Catholics like a high school gossip girl, the latest dump now shows he had been actively working to "plant the seeds of revolution" in the American Catholic hierarchy.
In an email between Podesta and Sandy Newman, president at Voices for Progress, the two commissars discussed ways to create a sort of "Catholic Spring" – a play on "Arab Spring" – among American Catholics to hopefully force the bishops into submitting to the HHS contraceptive mandate in Obamacare.
Under the subject titled, "Opening for a Catholic Spring? Just musing…", the exchange went as follows:
This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even though 98% of Catholic women (and their conjugal partners) have used contraception has me thinking . . . There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church. Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could happen. The Bishops will undoubtedly continue the fight. Does the Catholic Hospital Association support of the Administration’s new policy, together with “the 98%” create an opportunity?
Of course, this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance, etc. Even if the idea isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would “plant the seeds of the revolution,” or who would plant them. Just wondering . . .
Hoping you’re well, and getting to focus your time in the ways you want.
Sandy Newman, President
Voices for Progress
We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up. I’ll discuss with Tara. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the other person to consult.
Subversive activity of this sort has been underway by leftists since Saul Alinsky began influencing the American Catholic hierarchy as far back as the 1950's. For more info on that, see ChurchMilitant's "CCHD and Saul Alinsky," which thoroughly explores how the American Catholic Church morphed from a beacon of Orthodoxy into a leftist hotbed promoting social justice over faith.
Self-described "Catholics" like John Podesta, Tim Kaine, Martin Sheen, and Anthony Kennedy are all cut from this same cloth. All men that treat serious issues of faith like abortion with the same moral heft as welfare.