Loading
Freelance writer claims Catholic bishops cross church-state line
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The United States bishops have successfully infiltrated U.S. politics and influenced decision-making on all levels, even taking over the Republican Party, claims freelance writer Don Collins in the Feb. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Collins’ comment was a response to an online comment by Barbara Anderson, who pointed out the strong influence the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has had on immigration policy.

“Despite the new pope's encyclical disclaimer about trying to influence public policy, Rome and these bishops have been hard at work trying to shape U.S. public policy for decades,” claims Collins.

He underscores the fact that five male Catholic justices have been confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court and says much of the credit for Samuel Alito's confirmation to the Supreme Court should be given to the bishops’ behind-the-scenes work.

“Those who occupy chairs in the citadels of religiosity are naturally covetous of the ‘true faith’ they embrace -- not because it represents the truth but because it represents temporal power of the most useful kind,” wrote Collins.

“That, for example, the world's richest institution, the combined resources and property of the Catholic Church, exposes the obvious basis for its biases on contraception, abortion and male-only priests as a means of flock control -- particularly over women but also in a much broader sense over the American body politic,” he continued.

Collins also commented on the U.S. bishops’ 1975 Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, which he describes as “a superbly detailed blueprint of the bishops' strategy for infiltrating and manipulating the American democratic process at national, state and local levels.”

The plan, he wrote, “called for the creation of a national political machine controlled by the bishops. In large measure, this machine has, dragging along its unwitting evangelical brethren, taken over the Republican Party.”

He cites the plan, which states: "It is absolutely necessary to encourage the development in each congressional district of an identifiable, tightly knit and well organized pro-life unit. This unit can be described as a public interest group or a citizen's lobby."

Collins also cites Colgate University political science professor Timothy Byrnes, who interviewed the late Bishop James McHugh and said that in 1973, after the passage of Roe v. Wade, “the bishops had explicitly declared that they wished 'to make it clear beyond a doubt to our fellow citizens that we consider the passage of a pro-life constitutional amendment a priority of the highest order.'" 

Collins, who is a board member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said given all this data the bishops may indeed have their way and “real immigration reform as proposed in House Resolution 4437 will not occur.” Instead, he suggests, the government will bend to the bishops’ demands in their recent pastoral letter on immigration.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
22

Liturgical Calendar

October 22, 2014

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 12:39-48

Gospel
Date
10/22/14
10/21/14
10/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 3: 2-12
Gospel:: Lk 12: 39-48
Gospel:: Lk 12: 39-48

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 12:39-48

Homily
Date
10/22/14
10/21/14
10/20/14