Catholics Conspire Against America and Everything Holy
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch dropped a bombshell into the middle of the controversy over the Obamacare contraception mandate today. As you may know, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” which begins today and runs through July 4. According to the USCCB web site, these two weeks will involve the following:
The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country have scheduled special events that support a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.
The Post-Dispatch points out that a program of this sort costs money to carry out, and so makes its bid for this year’s Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism by revealing to the whole world the answer to the eternal question: “who is behind this?” The answer, believe it or not, is…wait for it…“Catholic groups and foundations”!
Oh, the humanity!
I know, I know. It’s hard to grasp that something so insidious has been happening under cover of darkness. But the Post-Dispatch leaves no stone unturned in its effort to throw light on the disreputable activity:
But while Catholic leaders frame the events as a fight for religious liberty, critics see signs of political partisanship and electioneering. Questions over the financing of the bishops’ campaign have caused those suspicions to multiply.
“The activities around the Fortnight for Freedom cost money,” said Steve Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington. “What groups are paying for this, and what’s the accountability for that money?”
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, the chair of the bishops’ committee on religious liberty, was less than forthcoming:
“The generosity we’ve experienced has been heartening,” he said.
The campaign, Lori said, “is not in any way partisan, either in its spirit or in its funding.”
But he has not been specific about all the outside groups providing financial resources, or how much they’ve contributed.
How dare he keep vital information from the public! He should be impeached…or something. Fortunately, even though Lori chose to stonewall, Schneck was able to provide at least one answer:
Critics like Schneck say many of the questions regarding the funding of the Fortnight for Freedom campaign center on private Catholic groups.
“The Knights of Columbus are clearly one of the major sources of funding (against the mandate), as well as other fraternal organizations,” Schneck said.
The Knights of Columbus, as we all know, is obviously the Catholic wing of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. (Both have “Knights” in their names, right?) The very idea of the USCCB taking money for an effort to protect Catholic moral practice from the federal government from a Catholic organization is one that ought to appall all left-thinking Americans. And do you know why the USCCB has gotten money from the Knights? Here’s the answer:
Lori — who is the man most directly in charge of the Fortnight for Freedom campaign — has been the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus since 2005.
This is clearly a conspiracy to undermine American democracy and make life difficult for Barack Obama. Thank God the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is on the case to expose this plot to the light of day.
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