CATHOLIC FACEPALM: Soros’ $650,000 To “Influence” Pope Francis

The DCLeaks release of emails related to George Soros bankrolled “non-profits” is getting painful.  Now, we’re finding out that His Holiness, Pope Francis, was a target via his friend Cardinal Rodriguez being lobbied by think tanks that should be investigated for heresy.  From The Daily Caller:

The document is an agenda for a May 2015 New York meeting of the U.S programs division of the Open Society Foundations. It states that it had allocated $650,000 for a grant related to Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the United States. …

“In order to seize this moment, we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America,” the document states….

The document goes on to state, “The grant will also support FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being ‘pro-family’ requires addressing growing inequality.”

Where have we heard this before?

PICO and FPL are both organizations that deal on the “social justice” side of religious activism.  Faith in Public Life is a Catholic organization and PICO non-denominational.  Both groups received grants from Soros’ Open Society Foundation and carried out the mission as their grants entailed.

[FPL’s] website states they carried out the functions of the Soros grant. “In preparation for the pope’s visit to the US, we commissioned extensive opinion research about how Catholics respond to the Pope’s prophetic messages and released the poll at the National Press Club,” FPL’s site states. “Throughout the trip, FPL coordinated messaging among numerous Catholic groups and did extensive media outreach.”

The Soros document goes on to state: “By harnessing the Papal visit to lift up the Pope’s searing critique of what he calls ‘an economy of exclusion and inequality’ and his dismissal of ‘trickle down’ theories, PICO and FPL will work to build a bridge to a larger conversation about bread-and-butter economic concerns and shift national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.”

Which is the globalist way of saying, yeah, who cares about what Pope Leo XIII said about the free market and workers’ dignity.

It is no easy matter to define the relative rights and mutual duties of the rich and of the poor, of capital and of labor. And the danger lies in this, that crafty agitators are intent on making use of these differences of opinion to pervert men’s judgments and to stir up the people to revolt. – Rerum Novarum, May 15, 1891

WE WANT SOCIALISM! This kind of talk has been going on in the Catholic Church for decades.  It started on this side of the pond in New York with converts and some French from the old country who were guilt-ridden over being members of the “haves.”  Being social activists prior to conversion, those people were trained and influenced by the early 20th century social commentator American writers, and knew how to couch their message for the sort of impact described by Leo XIII above.  The movement was dismissed by one of the New York bishops as a communist plot in its infancy, but, like so many other movements that were rebuffed by popes since Leo XIII in the late 19th century, sooner or later the “inequality” meme was going to fall on fertile ears.

Well, in the back to basics Pope, Francis, we have a leader who doesn’t simply eschew protocol, he’s clueless on economics, too.  It was the opening the one worlders have been waiting for since Pope Saint Piux X sent John D. Rockefeller, Jr., packing when the young one worlder asked the Pontiff to relax the Church’s teaching on birth control, an event that has been conveniently scrubbed from the internet.  (As a response, in 1907 Piux X wrote an encyclical titled “On Modernism” that condemned the doctrines of modernists.  Put on an asbestos suit before reading it.)  Piux X’s words could be applied today:

…the fact that the partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church’s open enemies; they lie hid, a thing to be deeply deplored and feared, in her very bosom and heart, and are the more mischievous, the less conspicuously they appear. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, nay, and this is far more lamentable, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, feigning a love for the Church, lacking the firm protection of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, vaunt themselves as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the person of the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious daring, they reduce to a simple, mere man.

Back to the DCLeaks report, not too be too judgemental since the actual Soros grants were not made to the Church or any of her dioceses, but to think tank groups seeking to influence public opinion (as if many of us Catholics haven’t read encyclicals, the Summa Theologica, the Catechism and the Bible side by side even if a lot of priests preach as if they haven’t), the influence these groups may have had on His Holiness during his visit to the United States would have been more in the form of reinforcement of his convictions that were honed by years of watching what happened in Argentina, and the bankrupting of that country by “capitalists” who were really thieves by another name.

This is what the man knows, and this is what Soros behind the curtain sought to exploit.

And this is what makes so many of us Catholics FACEPALM with a vengance.  It is unclear how many of the Church are willing to recognize a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  It happens in the pews, from the pulpits, and everywhere in between.  And what makes it all so maddening, is that Catholics are actually taught to deeply consider all sides of an argument before espousing a side.

So, Soros sought to influence the Pope.  He’s not the first and he won’t be the last.  What makes it hard to swallow is that at every turn, once the dust settles and the media is no longer paying attention, this pope sticks with the program.  He’s done it on marriage, transexualism, life issues, and a lot more.  How much influence he allowed by lobbyists in this specific case will be amazingly hard to determine.  On the topics they discussed, all that would have reached him would have been a reinforcement of his own opinion.  And, yes, folks, opinion is fallible.

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A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.