Friday, October 14, 2016

What is in the Hacked Podesta Emails? Corruption Part 2 The Emails About Catholics

In this report you will see hacked emails regarding the Catholic Church. One of the most troubling things to me was John Podesta’s relationship with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and Catholics United. Two organizations he helped create. The stated purpose of these two groups is to change the direction of the Catholic Church to make its Doctrine more liberal. Especially in regards to abortion, same sex marriage and contraceptives.

In the interest of full disclosure I am not Catholic. I am Southern Baptist. That being said, this working behind the scenes by a political campaign, to try and influence Church Doctrine should be of grave concern to every Christian no matter the Denomination.

Re: opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing . . .


Date: 2012-02-11 11:45

Subject: Re: opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing . . .

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.

On 2/10/12, Sandy Newman <> wrote:

> Hi, John,

This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even

> hough 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

> Sandy Newman, President

> Voices for Progress

> 202.669.8754


Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) was founded by Tom Periello in 2005. Its chairman is Fred Rotondaro. Both Rotondaro and Periello are senior fellows at the Centre for American Progress, founded by Podesta.

Rotondaro has called for the ordination of women, saying: “I have never seen any rational reason why a woman could not be a priest.” In the same article he says that “Gay sex comes from God”, and asks whether “any practicing Catholic under age 80” agrees with the Church’s teaching on contraception.

Critics have described CACG as a “Trojan Horse” for those who would undermine Church teaching. But its connections to senior figures in the Democrat party, and its intent to change the Church, have not previously been so clear.

Catholics United was also founded in 2005, by Democrat activists Chris Korzen and James Salt.

Catholics United has condemned bishops who deny Communion to politicians who support legal abortion. It describes this as “a shameful attempt to use the Catholic sacrament of Communion as a political weapon.

This next email was in my first article but I felt it was important to include it in this one as well.

Re: Conservative Catholicism


Date: 2011-04-11 21:10

Subject: Re: Conservative Catholicism

Excellent point. They can throw around "Thomistic" thought and "subsidiarity" and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they're talking about.

Jennifer Palmieri <> wrote:

I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals.

----- Original Message -----

From: John Halpin

To: John Podesta <>; Jennifer Palmieri

Sent: Mon Apr 11 18:55:59 2011

Subject: Conservative Catholicism

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.

It's an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.

You can see from these next few emails how closely the Clinton Campaign works with these 2 organizations who are trying to change the Catholic Church.


Date: 2008-06-12 12:49

Subject: [big campaignCatholics United Condemns Political Attacks by "Pro-Life" Groups at Meeting of Catholic Bishops

For Immediate Release Contact:

June 12, 2008 James Salt

<> 305-978-1056


Catholics United Condemns Political Attacks by "Pro-Life" Groups

Urges "Society for Truth and Justice" and "Operation Rescue" to Abandon

Divisive Campaign and Join Growing Movement for Real Solutions to Abortion

Washington, D.C. - Catholics United today expressed grave concerns over an

ad campaign from the group Society for Truth and Justice and Operation

Rescue founder Randall Terry, which urges the U.S. Conference of Catholic

Bishops (USCCB) to deny communion to "pro-abortion politicians," and to

condemn Catholics who vote for those same politicians. Catholics United

believes the campaign and an affiliated protest - scheduled for Friday, June

13 at the USCCB's meeting in Orlando - constitute both a shameful attempt to

use the Catholic sacrament of Communion as a political weapon, and a means

of perpetuating decades of the acrimony and division that have prevented

real progress toward ending abortions in the U.S.

Catholics United further called on the Society for Truth and Justice and

Operation Rescue to work with leaders from across the ideological and

political spectrum to craft real solutions to the abortion issue. A growing

body of evidence - including a Catholics United study using data from Kansas

and an upcoming 50-state study by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

- suggests that providing economic and social supports for pregnant women

and families are the most effective ways to prevent abortions.

"Many of these organizations' supporters are undoubtedly motivated by a

profound and commendable desire to preserve and protect human life at all

stages," said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United and

co-author of A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good

Can Save America from the Politics of Division. "Unfortunately, the leaders

of these organizations are pursing strategies that are counterproductive to

their stated objectives. This type of political rhetoric and campaign

intervention is directly responsible for many of the failed policies of the

last decade that have proved to be a disaster - by all reasonable measures -

for human life and dignity."

The ad campaign and USCCB protest are eerily reminiscent of a 2004 concerted

effort by the Republican Party and far right Catholic political

organizations to convince Catholics that Senator John Kerry's position on

abortion rendered him unfit for their vote. Although theologically

inaccurate, this well-funded and well-organized campaign may have been the

decisive factor in securing President Bush's win in Ohio.

"It's time to move beyond the failed policies of the past and address the

real threats to the common good: war, poverty, and lack of health care and

education, the environment, and our dire economic situation," said Korzen.

"It's also time to stop using the abortion issue to divide voters and to

start bringing Americans together around common ground solutions. The

Society for Truth and Justice and Operation Rescue's action are bad for

Catholics, bad for the unborn, and bad for America."

HRC, Contraceptives, Supreme Court


Date: 2015-11-08 17:47

Subject: HRC, Contraceptives, Supreme Court

I would suggest HRC level a political nuclear blast, ASAP, against a

SupremeCourt decision that could come in June that would end the contraceptive

mandate in ObamaCare. Case is now pending. This is going to be explosive

with women voters as they understand what could happen, with a huge

majority of women strongly supporting contraceptives.

The line is that the current court could put contraceptives under siege, or

if contraceptives prevail in the pending case 5-4 a Republican president

would name one of more justices, if they have a vacancy or two, who would

go after contraceptives.

This is different than the abortion issue. Women overwhelmingly support

contraceptives emotionally and in large majorities, and men also support

contraceptives, and this includes a large majority of Catholic women and

men and moderate evangelicals.

My advice is HRC raise this issue soon, aggressively and visibly. If possible

before the coming Republican debate. This is a powerful, powerful issue.

The real religious issue is that the right wants to impose its sectarian view

of religion on all Americans on contraceptives. A huge and emotional majority

would agree with HRC on contraceptives and the sooner and stronger she

raises this issue, the better, IMO. Brent.

I understand most women in America favor contraceptives. This really is not about contraceptives. It is about forcing Religious organizations to PAY for them. It is also about the Clinton Campaign trying to use this as another wedge against the Catholic Church to make the Church more like they think it should be.

[big campaign] You have got to see this


Date: 2010-03-24 16:38

Subject: [big campaign] You have got to see this

Below is a video report for the flash vigil that Catholics United organized

to support members as they walked into the chamber to vote on Friday. I

want to give a special shout out to Cliff Frazier and Mary Kay Henry for

joining us.



Video of Catholics United members supporting members of Congress as they

walk into the Capitol building

Dear James,

When we got the word Saturday that the Tea Party activists were hurling

racial and homophobic slurs at members of Congress as they walked into the

House chamber, Catholics United sprang into action. In just 12 hours, we

were able to mobilize 150 people of faith to join in a prayerful peaceful

counter presence outside the Capitol building.

When Speaker Pelosi linked arms with Congressman John Lewis to march into

the Capitol, Catholics United was at their side cheering them on.

And the members of Congress were grateful. As they walked into the chamber

to make their historic vote, many of them stopped to thank us for our

positive and life affirming witness. The highpoint came when a number of

Catholic members of Congress heard about our witness and asked for some of

our signs. A few minutes later, these members of Congress were on the

balcony of the House chamber with our signs, cheering us on.

Our vigil was coverd by CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the Wall Street Journal and many

more news outlets. This was a great day for the American people and I'm

proud that Catholics United was right there helping make it happen. Click

here to see a video compilation from



James Salt

Catholics United organizing director

In the following email you can see the banter over taking credit for pushing same sex marriage.

Re: Washington Blade Op-Ed: O’Malley’s amnesia on marriage


Date: 2015-04-20 18:11

Subject: Re: Washington Blade Op-Ed: O’Malley’s amnesia on marriage

It's great

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 20, 2015, at 4:08 PM, Jesse Ferguson <>


This makes me happy.

*From:* [] *On

Behalf Of *Jesse Lehrich

*Sent:* Monday, April 20, 2015 3:58 PM

*To:* hrcrapid

*Subject:* Washington Blade Op-Ed: O’Malley’s amnesia on marriage

O’Malley’s amnesia on marriage

There he goes again. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who once

extolled the virtues of centrism, now wants us to believe — in an

unintentionally hilarious rewriting of history — that he’s more liberal

than Hillary Clinton and a “profile in courage” when it comes to fighting

for marriage equality.

In a not-so-subtle jab at Clinton, O’Malley in a February speech said,

“History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience. The

dignity of every person tells us that the right to marry is not a state

right, it is a human right.”

A Clinton aide last week, responding to a Blade inquiry, affirmed that the

2016 hopeful views same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. That

statement marked a change from her earlier position, articulated in an

infamous NPR interview last year, that she viewed marriage as a state


Clinton, like President Obama and Martin O’Malley and many others evolved

on the issue.

The problem with O’Malley is that he’s had more positions on marriage than

all the 2016 hopefuls combined. And after pushing for civil unions right up

until 2011, he now wants voters to believe that he’s a pioneer on the

issue. What nerve!

Let’s revisit O’Malley’s actual record rather than listen to his calculated


In 2004, O’Malley told a Baltimore TV station, “I’m not opposed to civil

marriages.” Also that year, he emailed a plaintiff in the state marriage

lawsuit that read, “I’m just supporting something I strongly believe in,”

referring to marriage equality. But by 2006, O’Malley’s position was

shifting and he said, “I was raised to believe that marriage is between a

man and a woman. This is a fundamental issue of the state’s public policy,

and a decision that ultimately should not be made by a single trial court

judge.” When confronted by gay activists after issuing that statement,

O’Malley disavowed any previous support of marriage equality.

After a 2007 Maryland court ruling limiting marriage to opposite-sex

couples, O’Malley issued the following statement as heartbroken gay

residents were busy cancelling their weddings and mourning the court’s

misguided decision: “I look forward to reading the court’s full opinion,

but as we move forward, those of us with the responsibility of passing and

enforcing laws have an obligation to protect the rights of all individuals

equally, without telling any faith how to define its sacraments. I respect

the court’s decision.”

Privately, O’Malley had assured gay rights activists and plaintiffs in the

case that he supported marriage equality, only to reverse course and

ultimately invoke his Catholic religious beliefs to justify his support of


From 2008-2010, O’Malley publicly backed civil unions as bills to legalize

marriage equality were defeated in committee. He was even booed off the

stage at a private LGBT donor gathering after advocating for civil unions

over full marriage rights.

In 2011, O’Malley finally said he would sign a marriage bill if passed. “I

have concluded that discriminating against individuals based on their

sexual orientation in the context of civil marital rights is unjust.” That

bill ultimately failed.

It wasn’t until New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo embraced the cause of marriage

equality as a civil rights issue — and well after Maryland Attorney General

Doug Gansler did the same — that O’Malley evolved yet again. Whereas Cuomo

made it clear even before he was elected that he supported full marriage

rights and then lobbied for the needed votes to pass it, O’Malley was —

until 2012 —the reluctant advocate, offering meek, private assurances of

support but refusing to publicly embrace the cause, even after winning a

second term in a landslide.

Though he eventually came around to full support and was instrumental in

preserving the law after it went to referendum, O’Malley was late to the

marriage party and certainly doesn’t deserve credit for its success.

O’Malley has, for years, embodied the poll-driven milquetoast politician

who checks the wind before staking out a position. Now he wants us to

believe otherwise.

“We have the ability as a party to lead by our principles or are we going

to conduct polls every time we try to determine where the middle is on any

given day,” he told NPR this week.

We should welcome O’Malley’s more progressive positions without forgetting

his disappointing record of saying one thing in private and the opposite

when the cameras are rolling.

*Kevin Naff** is editor of the Washington Blade. Reach him

at <>.*

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Jesse Lehrich

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