Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Elizabeth Yore0
Alinsky Acolytes at the Vatican
“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Chicago was home of Saul Alinsky, the infamous founder of community organizing, who penned his infamous manifesto, Rules for Radicals. Borrowing a page from his creed for leftists, Alinsky encourage political operatives to agitate, foster resentments, fan hostilities and create a mass army of malcontents. ACORN, SEIU and other union thug organization serve as the model Alinsky community organizations.
Hailing from the rough and tumble political landscape of Al Capone and the Daley machine, where politics is a blood sport, the hard ball politics played by the Vatican are very familiar, albeit problematic. One wonders what happened to the mercy papacy?
California Governor Jerry Brown at the Vatican
The political gloves have come off operatives at the Vatican who are engaging in hardball partisan political tactics. One doesn’t expect that an organization known otherwise, as the Seat of Peter, the Holy Roman Church, The Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican, the Papacy, and the Holy See would start hurling political invectives at faithful Catholics. Yet, it is happening at the Vatican. Welcome to the papal Alinsky Adherents.
One of the most menacing of the Alinsky Rules is to ‘ridicule your opponent’. In the face of opposition, Alinsky recommends that you demean, scoff, and infuriate your enemy. Name calling is always the desired tactic of harassment. Lately, this is the tack of choice by the Pope’s minions. Enter Bishop Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS), and mastermind of the radical papal environmental agenda. PASS serves as the launching pad (sorry, NASA), for the radical climate change/global warming/UN sustainable development agenda.
In response to criticism that he excluded and barred diverse scientific opinions on climate change, and inexplicably, only invited rabid UN pro-abortion advocates, Bishop Sorondo responded with what can only be described as Alinsky rancor and venom. His baffling hostility and defensiveness spoke volumes.
Are Catholics to remain silent when the Vatican opens the bronze doors of St. Peter’s to population control disciples and abortion proponents like Jeffrey Sachs, Hans Schellnhuber, Naomi Klein, Ban Ki Moon, Governor Jerry Brown, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio? These hand-picked papal advisors cause faithful Catholics great consternation, not only because they represent only one side of the environmental debate, but more troubling, they embody moral views in direct contravention to the theological teaching of the Catholic Church.
Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo with Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
What is going on at the Vatican? Why are the Church Fathers actively embracing individuals who are virulent opponents of Church moral teachings? One of the Vatican advisors is Jeffrey Sachs, who has been invited 7 times to keynote Vatican eco-conferences and draft papal documents! For the last 25 years, Sachs led and promoted legalized abortion and population control in his various roles at the UN, including his latest as director of Sustainable Development Goals. This papal advisor defies any rational defense, and confounds Catholics as a theological and moral head scratcher.
So, when criticism arises over the skewed selection of papal experts at the PASS, Bishop Sorondo dusts off Rules for Radicals and engages in political hard ball name calling. Case in point, when the Heartland Institute delegation of preeminent climate scientists raised objections about the partisan, unscientific, anti-life stance of all the Vatican experts, Bishop Sorondo unloaded. Bishop Sorondo unleashed a torrent of demeaning barbs, calling the Heartland 7 “Tea Partiers,” and “Deniers who funded by oil interests”. Then, Sorondo finished off with an arrogant flourish, “we can invite any one we want.” Testy, eh? Not so merciful, your Eminence.
Sorondo’s blatant character assassination and over-reaction to criticism is so revealing. His bullying betrays a radical political agenda at work at the PASS. It continues.
This week, the name-calling at the Vatican persisted as Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA), a rabid supporter of abortion and LGBT rights, and a radical environmentalist (all essential qualities for Vatican experts), described scientific dissenting voices as “Troglodytes”. His diatribe continued as he peddled that deniers of climate change are spending “billions on trying to keep from office people such as yourselves and elect troglodytes and other deniers of the obvious science.” Brown castigated climate deniers for their “fierce opposition and blind inertia” and their attempts to “falsify the scientific record” to persuade scientists, politicians and the American people that global warming does not exist. End of discussion, no deniers need apply.
The debate was shut down before it even started by the Alinskyites guarding the Vatican gate. Their behavior exposes an agenda that obscures the truth and conceals the radical agenda from scrutiny. This is machine politics, plain and simple; the goals are censorship, intimidation, discrediting, and a smear campaign against any dissenters. One would expect this from a Chicago precinct captain, but it’s quite unbecoming of a Prince of the Church. Yet, the Vatican overplayed its hand. Their invective and cunning tactics expose the cover up: the big lie of global warming.
Legitimate and credential scientists know that global warming is a hoax perpetuated by radical environmentalists for the sole purpose of imposing a one global government upon the world. The climate change scheme provides the perfect vehicle to seize control, and force redistribution of wealth through carbon taxes and fines. The Vatican has chosen the side of the big lie. This papacy is perpetuating the global warming myth by aligning with the most pernicious enemies of the Catholic Church. Indeed, politics makes strange bedfellows.
Go ahead, call us names. We will not be deterred or intimidated. We will defend Holy Mother Church. We will defend the truth. And the truth will set us free.
“But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth, we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
~2 Corinthians 4:2
*Elizabeth Yore was a member of the Heartland Institute delegation that travelled to Rome to protest the Vatican Eco Summit. Elizabeth Yore is an international child rights lawyer who has handled human trafficking cases throughout her legal career. She served as Special Counsel at Harpo, Inc. In that position, she acted as Oprah Winfrey’s Child Advocate in South Africa at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Elizabeth was General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and General Counsel at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.