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Support for “Social Justice” pervasive in the Diocese September 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, North Deanery, scandals.
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I’ve learned more about the social ministry training conference to be held June 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Seton in Plano, and it is not good.  In fact, it’s bad.  First, Seton has had a ‘social justice’ ministry for the last 8-9 years or more.  This ministry has been a member of an organization called Dallas Area Interfaith during that entire time.  Dallas Area Interfaith is a part of the Saul Alinsky founded Industrial Areas Foundation.  Industrial Areas Foundation was formed  to help spur political action by various groups in order to lobby for a more socialist/communist economic system in the United States.  The organization was founded  in 1940 with well meaning but, to me, foolhardy support from the former auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Bernard James Shiel. 

Dallas Area Interfaith requires member organizations pay annual dues equal to 1.5% of their operating budget, to a $15,000 cap.  There is some evidence that the $15,000 cap is exceeded by “generous” instititutions.  The Dallas Area Interfaith website maintains a list of those churches that are members – over 50% of the membership of Dallas Area Interfaith is made up of Catholic churches.  A list of the Dallas Diocese churches that Dallas Area Interfaith claims as members:

Catedral Santuario de Guadalupe – the Dallas Diocese Cathedral

Blessed Sacrament
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Our Lady of Pilar Catholic Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
San Juan Diego Catholic Church – Dallas
Santa Clara Catholic Church
St. Anthony Catholic Church
St. Augustine Catholic Church
St. Edwards Catholic Church
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
St. James Catholic Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Pius X Catholic Church
St. Rita Catholic Church

If you are a member of any of the above parishes, then your money, your tithe, has gone to support an Alinsky-founded member of the Industrial Areas Foundation, Alinsky’s far left lobbying organization.  Of 39 churches that make up Dallas Area Interfaith, 20 are Roman Catholic.  It would appear that without the support of these Catholic churches, Dallas Area Interfaith would virtually collapse.  I am willing to bet that essentially no parishioners at any of these churches know that their money is going to fund CCHD/Alinsky style “community organizing” that is little more than cover for lobbying efforts aimed at socialist economic goals. 

Before I wrap this up, keep the following in mind.  Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Industrial Areas Foundation are extremely closely linked.  No organization receives more funding from CCHD than Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) affiliate organizations.   There have been numerous scandals in the past year involving CCHD’s IAF affiliates having public positions on issues directly contrary to the Catholic faith.  A number of these were ‘defunded,’ but a number of problem organizations remain.

If you are a member of any of the above parishes, are you pleased that your money is going to fund organizations like the Industrial Areas Foundation?  Can you, in good conscience, continue to financially support your parish if it does so?  Do you feel that your parish has tens of thousands of extra dollars lying around that can serve no better purpose than to be used for leftist lobbying?  Would you be willing to take a stand and contact your pastor to inform him of your opinion?

There is much more on this issue.  Look for more later today or tomorrow.  And pray for the Church.  Pray for a changing of hearts – as I said yesterday, “charity” given under duress through government  mandated wealth transfers is not charity.

UPDATE: Fr. Dwight Longenecker gives his take on the social justice crowd.

UPDATE 2: Putting some figures together, Dallas Diocese churches are contributing $300,000 or more per year to the Dallas Area Interfaith group.  A commenter pointed to a report that starting any new chapter of the Industrial Areas Foundation, of which Dallas Area Interfaith is a member, requires a minimum of $200,000 in seed money.  Given the close ties between the Church and IAF (CCHD as started essentially as a vehicle to fund IAF type organizations), and the fact that Catholic churches dominate the membership rolls of Dallas Area Interfaith, is it not likely that much of that $200,000 (and that figure from 1995) came from Catholic churches?  Given that many of these churches have been members of Dallas Area Interfaith 10 years or more, we are talking about millions of dollars in parishioners money being given to Dallas Area Interfaith’s lobbying efforts, all without the knowledge of the vast majority of parishioners.  And that’s not all, the report also shows that the more involved or ‘generous’ churches may be giving sums of over $30,000 per year.  At this point, we have no idea how many millions of parishioner’s dollars have gone to Dallas Area Interfaith.

UPDATE 3: There is another parish that may be a dues paying member of DAI.  St. Mark in Plano is listed as a member on the DAI website.  However, Fr. Cliff Smith, pastor at St. Mark, maintains that they are no longer members of DAI.  It is certain that St. Mark has been a member in the past – what is uncertain is whether they are currently members.  I have asked for clarification of the contradictory evidence I have learned thus far, but am awaiting a reply from Fr. Smith.

UPDATE 4:  This is a repost from last June.  Commenter Dave in McKinney found a Dallas Morning News article listing San Juan Diego parish in Dallas as another member of DAI, and included DAI’s “non-partisan” get out the vote efforts – non partisan, I suppose, if one views the United States as a one party socialist state (sorry, but come on – the sole issue motivating this effort is opposition to Arizona’s recent enforcement of already standing Federal immigration laws).   It is particularly disconcerting to see that Dallas Area Interfaith was permitted to lobby parishioners at a parish carnival and other parish events (including Mass?), in spite of the fact that DAI is a part of the Industrial Areas Foundation, and most of the problematic CCHD grantees that have had their funding pulled have also been Industrial Areas Foundation affiliates.

One additional note – the article  makes DAI sound so innocuous.  After all, DAI is only concerned with “issues of police and public safety, health care, immigration and job training in a changing economy.”  The problem comes in with the philosophy of DAI and all other IAF affiliates – they seek socialist solutions to all these “problems.”