Pres. Obama, “born-again Catholic”!

Pres. Obama, the First Gay President, has demonstrated time and time again that he will say anything to anyone for the sake of political expediency.

Here is story from the Daily Caller with my emphases and comments:

Obama, the born-again Catholic

Amid polls showing that his efforts to regulate religious institutions have hurt his image among Catholics, President Barack Obama has begun touting his early ties to the church.

“My first job as a community [Saul Alinsky-ite] organizer was with Catholic churches who taught me the power of kindness and commitment to others in neighborhoods,” he declared at a Hollywood fundraiser May 23.

“When I was a young [Saul Alinksy dedicated Rules for Radicals to Satan…] community organizer, I was working with Catholic churches and they taught me that no government program can make as much of a difference as kindness and commitment on the part of neighbors and friends,” [Notice that he doesn’t say “church-based organizations”.  That’s because, for him, religion should be isolated in churches and in homes, only.] he said at a Colorado fundraiser earlier that day. [Which is obviously why he pushes for bigger and bigger government and why his Administration seems to be trying to shove the Church out of providing certain services so that only the government is left.  Right?]

This new [hypocritical] emphasis on his ties to the Catholic Church is a change from Obama’s previous speeches and fundraisers, where he did not mention that, early in his career, he was funded and supported by liberal Catholic officials in Chicago. [I think he did tout his ties with the late Card. Bernardin.]

His Chicago supporters included a radical Catholic priest, Father Michael Pfleger, who has since been admonished by senior church officials for political advocacy. [Is that why he was admonished?]


Obama’s use of his Catholic ties came April 3 at a lunch of media professionals arranged by the Associated Press.

“Some of you know my first job in Chicago [hey! he left out “community organizer”!] was working with a group of Catholic churches that often did more good for the people in their communities than any government program could,” he said. [Okay… so he is pivoting.]

He cited those ties on April 10, May 5, April 10 and May 10, when he told donors in Seattle that “as a young man, I worked [as a Saul Alinsky-ite community organizer] with a group of Catholic churches who taught me that no poverty program can make as much of a difference as the kindness and commitment of a caring soul.” [So let’s attack the Church!]

However, he has not mentioned his Catholic past in numerous other fundraisers, including several given after his May 9 endorsement of same-sex marriage.


Read the whole piece there.  Other examples of egregious pandering to other groups are provided.

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  1. Mississippi R.C. says:

    Fr. Z–struggle to understand the Northern Catholics ( PA, OH, MI, IN, IL, MN, WI etc. ) who continue to support Liberalism. Is it Union Influence? Maybe this election we will see a real change!

  2. wmeyer says:

    Many Catholics, in many states–not just in the North–continue to support Liberalism. In my view, the use and abuse of the phrase social justice is largely responsible. It is, after all, the umbrella under which some priests and even bishops sidestep Church teaching on issues of immigration (CCC 2241), and even on programs which can only be viewed as socialist, such as Obamacare.

    What is needed is for all our bishops to instruct all our priests to make the moral issues and Church teachings a regular part of their homilies. The Catechism has been ignored for too long, and the laity must learn that being Catholic does NOT mean choosing what to believe and what to practice, and that if they do not turn to the CCC for answers when on moral issues, then with their ill-formed or even unformed consciences, the are not in a position to exercise those consciences.

  3. Facta Non Verba says:

    The man has no shame. I believe the term used for such politicians is “Pander Bear.”

  4. anna 6 says:

    This reminds me of the people who publicly object to church teaching and use this claim for their theological cred… “I was an altar boy!”

  5. rcg says:

    He has the problem of being too smart. He thinks he can pick up everything as if it was the spelling of a new word. So he has contempt for everything he sees and his vanity prevents him from seeing that. The sad part is I bet he knows more about the Church than Sebelius.

  6. Supertradmum says:

    Sorry, ignore my e-mail. As usual, you are ahead of me.

    This is so obviously a ploy to get his Catholic supporter numbers up, that even I, with not one cynical bone in my body, feel creaky.

  7. wmeyer says:

    rcg, Smart, perhaps, but not that smart. And his street-smarts are only present in the context of Chicago, where corrupt politicians are a way of life. My family is from Chicago, so I know the environment, though I abhor it. But when you learn whatever you learn about politics from inside the Chicago machine, they are rather like this quote from Pauline Kael:

    “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”

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