Wednesday, October 01, 2008
ALINSKY AND THE FUTURE POPE PAUL VI
(All bolding in the following passages is mine.)
First, from the Wikipedia entry for Saul Alinsky, under the subheading "Alinsky's legacy" I found:
Many important community and labor organizers came from the "Alinsky School," including Ed Chambers and Tom Gaudette. Alinsky formed the Industrial Areas Foundation in 1940. Chambers became its Executive Director after Alinsky died. Since its formation, hundreds of professional community and labor organizers and thousands of community and labor leaders have attended its workshops. Fred Ross, who worked for Alinsky, was the principal mentor for Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. In Hillary Clinton's senior honors thesis at Wellesley College (access to which was restricted after Bill Clinton became President), an analysis of Alinsky's work, Clinton noted that Alinsky's personal efforts were a large part of his method. She later noted that although she agreed with his notion of self-empowernment she disagreed with his assessment that the system could only change from the outside. Alinsky's teachings influenced Barack Obama in his early career as a community organizer on the far South Side of Chicago. Working for Gerald Kellman's Developing Communities Project, Obama learned and taught Alinsky's methods for community organizing.
Next, if you have a copy of Randy Engel's book, THE RITE OF SODOMY, turn to page 1142 where, in the chapter headed "Pope Paul VI and the Church's Paradigm Shift on Homosexuality" you can read:
Once in Milan, the 57-year-old Montini found himself suddenly free, after 30 years, from all Curial oversight and papal restraint. Archbishop Montini set a new course for himself that would leave an indelible mark on his bishopric and future pontificate. He gathered about him a coterie of like-minded liberal fellow travelers, anarchists, Communists, Socialists, Mafiosi, and members of Milan's artistic and literaryavant-garde. As virtue attracts men of virtue, so vice attracts men of vice. The rumor mills of Milan began to run full throttle.
It soon became very clear that Montini was not a Marian priest. He was, in fact, a Maritainist priest, an altogether different being.
From almost the first day of his arrival, the Milanese, who have a great devotion to the Mother of God, started to complain that Archbishop Montini lacked "Marian sensitivity," a charge reinforced by the archbishop's conspicuous absence from traditional May crowning festivities and pilgrimages to Loreto, and his non-participation in the public recitation of the Rosary. Pope Paul VI's biographer Hebblethwaite tried to soften the criticism by claiming that Montini favored a "Christ-centered mariology" instead, but even this verbal concession fell short of the mark.
In truth, the theology of Battista Montini was anthropocentric not theocentric. It was man-centered not God-centered.
Montini was the greatest and most influential disciple of Jacques Maritain and his "Integral Humanism" aptly described by H. Caron in Le Courrier de Rome as embracing "...a universal fraternity of men of good will belonging to different religions or no religion at all. It is within this fraternity that the Church should exercise a leavening influence without imposing itself and without demanding that it be recognized as the one true Church."
The Abbe George de Nantes captures the spirit of Maritain's "Integral Humanism" in his anacronym MASDU--a Movement for the Spiritual Animation of World Democracy (Movement d'Animation Spirituelle de la Democratie Universalle) in which the Declaration of the Rights of Man replaces the Gospel of Jesus Christ, World Democracy has become analogous to the Kingdom of God on earth, and the function of religion is to provide inspiration and Spiritual Animation for mankind thus regenerated--the end product of MASDU being the complete annihilation of Religion, and "its metamorphosis into atheistic Humanism."
It was said of the new Archbishop of Milan that he didn't hear church bells, he heard factory whistles.
It is not surprising therefore that on one of his visits to the Archbishop's residence, Jacques Maritain, the once great Thomistic philosopher, brought with him, Saul David Alinsky, the "Apostle of Permenent Revolution." Montini was so impressed with the man who Maritain called his "warm personal friend" and "one of the really great men of this century," that the archbishop invited Alinsky to be his guest for a fortnight in order to consult with him on the Church's relationship to local Communist unions.
Born in Chicago in 1909, Saul Alinsky, a non-believing Jew, was a graduate of the streets of Chicago and the University of Chicago. In 1940, he founded the Industrial Areas Foundation as a showcase for his revolutionary tactics for mass organization for power. Alinsky's closest associates were to be found among the Catholic hierarchy and clergy including Cardinal Mundelein, his protege Bishop Bernard Sheil, and activist-priest Msgr. John Egan, a prime mover in Call to Action. Alinsky's principle source of seed money and support was the Rockefeller family, the wealthy and secret Communist Marshall Field, and the United States Catholic Conference and AmChurch. Alinsky worked closely with the Communist Party/USA until his break with the Party after the signing of the Nazi-Societ Pact.
In "Jacques Maritain and Saul David Alinsky--Fathers of the 'Christian Revolution,'" Hamish Fraser, editor of Approaches wrote of Alinsky:
Alinsky himself is a product of both Freemasonic and Revolutionary Marxist naturalism both of which appreciate the necessity of elites to the seizure and the maintainence (sic) of effective power...Alinsky was an unbeliever to whom the very idea of dogma was anathema...Given Alinsky's naturalism it is not surprising that there is no room in his "social ethics" for any absolutes, for anything intrinsically "good" or "evil." Divorced once and legally married thrice, he spoke contemptuously of "the old culture when virginity was a virtue...Alinsky's "church of today and tomorrow" is to be neither Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist nor Animist, but a one-world syncretism, synaptic amalgam of all and every existing belief.