Another bombshell from Wikileaks shows Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta, Clinton campaign communications director Jen Palmieri, and Center for American Progress fellow John Halpin mocking Catholics as "backwards" idiots trying to look sophisticated.
Titled "Conservative Catholicism," the email chain begins with Halpin messaging Podesta and Palmieri lamenting an article by Ken Auletta of The New Yorker, in which Auletta notes that News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson were similar because of their Catholicism. Halpin begrudgingly wrote:
Ken Auletta's latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin' Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups.
Halpin goes on to accuse these conservative Catholics of being attracted to the religion for its "severely backwards gender relations":
"It's an amazing bastardization of the faith," Halpin wrote. "They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."
On that note, Jen Palmieri stepped in to label conservative Catholics as posers in search of a religion that makes them look sophisticated, because they think it's "the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion" and "their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."
Podesta then claims Palmieri made an "excellent point," accusing them of using Catholic buzzwords over champagne and caviar to appear smart.
"Excellent point," Podesta exclaimed. "They can throw around 'Thomistic' thought and 'subsidiarity' and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they're talking about."
Subsidiarity – an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority. Political decisions should be taken at a local level if possible, rather than by a central authority.
Read "Summa Theologica" to understand "Thomistic" thought, which fundamentally means God sets a moral order of the Universe that man must submit themselves to or face certain peril.
Podesta and his ilk would do better to actually reflect on those concepts, which kept Western civilization stable for over two millenia, rather than scoff at them like a bunch of high school gossip girls.