You may recall that last October, we ran a report from Michael Hichborn at American Life League (and now, of the Lepanto Institute) about the involvement of Caritas Internationalis, the international organization of Catholic charities run by the Vatican, in a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, communist organization known as the World Social Forum.
If you need a refresher, here’s the video:
At the time, Caritas Internationalis was run by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, arguably the most troubling of Pope Francis’s close advisors and appointees. He was replaced earlier this month by Cardinal Tagle of Manilla, who is also a close friend of Pope Francis and has given no indication of his intentions to reform the organization.
In a report this week by Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy in Media, he reveals that an independent investigation has verified the claims made in Hichborn’s 2014 video – and that nothing has changed. But there’s more:
Hichborn told AIM that he delivered a copy of the report to the Vatican office known as Cor Unum, but that nothing came of it, and that one Vatican official concerned about the issue was relieved of his duties.
It’s interesting to learn that it’s possible for a Vatican appointee to actually be relieved of their duties because of something they’ve done. May we then entertain hope that action will be taken as regards some of the men on this ever-growing list?
More from Kincaid:
An independent review of the ALL report confirms the research into the links between Caritas Internationalis and the WSF. In fact, a document on the Caritas website still affirms that “Caritas has been involved in the WSF since its beginnings. Caritas believes it’s an opportunity to exchange ideas and to build the momentum towards real change.”
After the ALL report was released, a conference at the Vatican was sponsored by Caritas Internationalis that featured Jeffrey Sachs, the Columbia University professor and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Gustavo Gutierrez, the father of Marxist-oriented Liberation Theology.
As Accuracy in Media reported, Sachs wrote an article for the Jesuit publication America attacking the “American idea” of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as narrow and selfish. He suggests that America’s founding document is outmoded and incompatible with his idea of Catholic teaching about social justice.
Sachs is an advocate of global taxes to extract hundreds of billions of dollars from the American people in order to finance some form of world government. The climate change movement, based on dubious science, is the most popular current vehicle that Sachs and others can use to bring this about.
Seizing on Sachs’ extraordinary remarks in a major Catholic publication, the well-known writer Edward Cline comments on the Family Security Matters website that “It would take a village—or, at least, the ‘global’ one—to subjugate and sack America. That is what is being proposed by Jeffrey Sachs.”
The Cline piece carries the title, “The ‘Sach-ing’ of America,” and he concludes that “In its essentials, Sachs’ plan for the future sacking of America differs little from Islam’s.”
In short, the American way of life is at risk, this time from a Vatican alliance with America’s academic elites and the U.N.
The World Social Forum itself just held another international conference focusing on one aspect of the Sachs agenda: global taxes. The WSF announced the launch of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, including a statement that “Our vision entails progressive redistributive taxation polices that fund the vital public services, end inequality and poverty, address climate change and lead to sustainable development.”
The topic fits nicely with the expected papal encyclical on climate change.
At the Caritas conference, Pope Francis adviser Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga said that critics of the proposed papal document are advocates of an “ideology” that he concludes “is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits.”
At Fatima, Our Lady warned us that “If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.”
As Marxist influences at the Vatican continue to assert themselves and even to escalate, it’s hard not to wonder what Our Lady’s words will mean for us. I suspect we’ll find out sooner rather than later.
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We have focussed so much on “Russia’s evils” as geo-political. While this is/was/may yet come to fruition. of no less evil are the errors spread throughout the Church through Freemasonry and communism in order to destroy the faith from within. Bella Dodd gave the testimony. There can be no doubt now. The Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart was not done, nobody can point in history to it ever being done. If Sister Lucy was delusional, they why was it attempted or the Third Secret “released.” Clearly, she was not delusional. So, why has it not been done? Are we seeing the “self-demolition” of the Church because of this?
The infiltration of Communists and Freemason’s into the Church explains why there are so many prelates that oppose the true teachings of the Church, institute the most blasphemous and sacrilegious practices in their parishes, and make the most outrageous and clearly evil propositions never heard before.
Ironically, I was just reading Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical “Humanum Genus” (On Freemasonry) dated April 20, 1884 and it is truly prophetic. Sounding the warning bells as he so faithfully did.
I also had a booklet entitled “The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita” by John Vennari. Some, I’m sure, would insist this is baloney and merely right wing propaganda but it did shed some light into many of the issues the Church and our culture are facing.
I’d recommend reading Pope Leo’s encyclical in its entirety. There is nothing vague or confusing in it.
While the the Vatican pretends to be Catholic, they dumb down the zeal of true Catholics with the elementary rhetoric of neo-conservatism by carefully bolstering freemasonic principles like RELIGIOUS FREEDOM promoted by the likes of John Courtney Murray!! Wake up ladies and gentlemen! It is time to wash your hands of all the confusion that arose after the council. If such a language never existed in a positive fashion prior to that time, there is no way it is guaranteed to be authentic teaching. How can one measure himself if not by the standards that have always been in existence. If Bella Dodd confessed, and it came to naught because people could not imagine there could ever be a mob running the Church, then we are in big trouble. When heaven says, open the message in 1960, it will be clearer then. Heaven means it will be clearer then–and not now. Now, people are stuck in a state of infantile Catholicism–too gushy and sentimental– to actually be logical to make the connection. So what if you and a few are the only ones holding on. The persecution of the Church is not just about marriage. It is not just about abortion. It is about what Catholics believe about God when they pray to God. If the reds have carefully infiltrated the Church, and have done so quietly, what do you think their modus operandi would be? Would it be to blow a trumpet letting people know that they are now supplanting the true faith, or would it be more subtle and more quiet. Would it start from a council which perceives to teach old things when it in fact teaches new things? Understand that Archbishop Lefebvre had to be vigilant. He made the Vatican so scared that they had to pretend to excommunicate him (meaning the excommunication was very invalid.) God is watching over us, but He would like us to take steps toward Him. These steps require us to be shamed by our friends and to be questioned by the Novus Ordo shepherds. If we take that first step, God will meet us. Do not wait until the end to see things hundred percent clearly and to understand them clearly. This is pusillanimity, a grave excuse to neglect one’s duty toward God.
Great article. It takes an expert to keep up with what the Vatican is doing.
“Thou Shall NOT Steal”. “Thou Shall NOT covet thy neighbors goods”.
– God’s Commandments.
CCC: ” 1885 The principle of Subsidiarity is opposed to ALL forms of COLLECTIVISM.
It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order. ”
CCC: ” 2411 Contracts are subject to commutative justice which regulates exchanges between persons and between institutions in accordance with a strict respect for their rights.
Commutative justice obliges strictly;
it requires safeguarding property rights,
paying debts, and fulfilling obligations freely contracted.
Without commutative justice, no other form of justice is possible.
One distinguishes commutative justice from legal justice which concerns what the citizen owes in fairness to the community,
and from distributive justice which regulates what the community owes its citizens in proportion to their contributions and needs. “
“On the SERVICE of CHARITY” – effective Dec 10, 2012.
“Art 9 § 3. It is the duty of the diocesan Bishop and the respective parish priests to see that in this area the faithful are not led into error or misunderstanding;
hence they are to prevent publicity being given through parish or diocesan structures to initiatives which, while presenting themselves as charitable, propose choices or methods at odds with the Church’s teaching.”
“Art 10 § 3. In particular, the diocesan Bishop is to ensure that charitable agencies dependent upon him do not receive financial support from groups or institutions that pursue ends contrary to Church’s teaching.
Similarly, lest scandal be given to the faithful, the diocesan Bishop is to ensure that these charitable agencies do not accept contributions for initiatives whose ends, or the means used to pursue them, are not in conformity with the Church’s teaching. ”
What government is in conformance with Church teaching ?
Jesus gave us a free will. He did not tell us to partner with any government to serve the poor.
The Church of God ought not to rest until the known commie-clerics are defrocked.