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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.

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.”


1. James1:19 - June 3, 2010

We read this first…. http://www.wandererforum.org/publications/focus026.html
We found out that Our parish is a member of “Dallas Area Interfaith” a subsidiary of IAF. http://www.dallasareainterfaith.com
On there website they claim that every member is to support DAI by committing 1.5% of its annual operating budget, capped at $15,000. The operating budget of a church comes from tithing dollars. In addition, each member identifies leaders willing to participate in the organizing process. We found out that on average this is only 2-5 people that actually support DAI and are aware of what’s really going on. On the IAF web you will see that all Sub groups of IAF is required to pay 30K annually to support them. We found out that some churches are giving as much as 3%. We asked the gentleman that is responsible for bringing the IAF to the Dallas area(that’s his claim anyway) what this was about and he commented
“To educate, To advocate those who can’t advocate themselves, and change legislative”.
Our Pastor also started an endowment fund to support the office of Social Justice, and they have 5K runs and church functions to raise money for that and the parishioners have no clue what they are supporting.

We also found out that with our parish being a member of DAI, my husband and I are also counted in the headcount as a member whether we like it or not. We found out that the majority of our Parish does NOT know they are supporters of DAI, yet they are included into the headcount. They are using this headcount to move legislation but that is not as easy to find in the research as the other information.
We feel that this is to support the immigration issues.. read

Are biggest questions have been
1. Where is the money coming from to support the Progressive Movement? It appears to be our tithing dollars…..
2. What is the purpose of the headcount??? Our suspicion is to use the numbers to Bully Politicians….

Prayers are desperately needed…..Pray for our Priest and Leaders of the church that the Holy Spirit guides them….not worldly agendas.

2. Plano East Dad - June 3, 2010

Is there a proven link between the interfaith groups and abortion?

3. tantamergo - June 3, 2010

Dallas Area Interfaith is part of the Industrial Areas Foundation. IAF supports legalized abortion. Whether individual members of DAI support abortion is an open question. I just spoke with a representative at DAI and I’d say yes, DAI in general supports ‘a woman’s right to choose’, but he was dancing all around the question.

IAF and Dallas Area Interfaith definitely, without question, support pro-abort political candidates.

4. Plano East Dad - June 3, 2010

I’m beginning to think that my wife is right….it’s time to organize a crusade.

5. TravelerWithChrist - June 3, 2010

You missed a big one – The Guadalupe Cathedral!!!!

The deceit really gets me. The countless dollars that could have / SHOULD HAVE gone to a good cause – wanna bet White Rose or St Joseph’s Helpers could have used that money?? After all, they ARE helping those in need X2.

Can we trust some of these priests with our immortal souls when we can’t trust them with our money?? I’m having a difficult time wrapping my arms around this. The homilies about giving money, when it’s not going to help our Catholic Church, but hurt …

tantamergo - June 3, 2010

Thanks, Traveler. I update the post – I can’t believe I missed that!

6. TravelerWithChrist - June 3, 2010

I’m with you, Plano East Dad. We have a mascot, Crusader Cat. Seriously, we are fighting an ‘inside job’ situation. Papa has said the enemy is from within. We are the people that make up the Dallas parishes. The priests should be leading us in teaching and acting in TRUTH, but that’s far from what is taking place. We will also be fighting against the administrative staff at Seton, at the diocese office, and surely elsewhere, they are filled with corruption.

In addition, we HAVE to get this word out – every parishoner in each of these parishes needs to read this blog entry or at least know about it…

7. Plano East Dad - June 4, 2010

And where’s the bishop?

8. Mary - June 4, 2010

St Marks in Plano, my parish, also needs to be included.

And San Juan Diego and St Luke are ‘members in progress’,

I’ve never heard about this being discussed at St Marks, why not? Now I’m wondering where my money is going. There have been campaigns to fix the buildings, cutback in staff and such, but still we pay something that is counter to our faith. We as parishoners are not made of money, don’t have money trees in our back yards; we have to work for the money we give. ugh.

I want to know who decides each year where our money goes.

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12. JenZ - June 8, 2010

So, now that I see my parish listed here, what is a good next step?

tantamergo - June 8, 2010

JenZ –

Contact your pastor. I assume you don’t support this – I would ask him why the parish is supporting an IAF affiliate with so many ties to organizations with questionable motives like being pro-abort, favoring out and out socialism, etc. He may try to say ‘oh, they don’t do that, they’re just trying to do some good work for poor people here locally.’ If he does, tell him that every IAF affiliate like Dallas Area Interfaith has to send $200,000 up to the ‘national’ IAF every year, and that national IAF hangs on to some and redistributes some. IAF does support abortion, as do numerous other IAF groups, so you’re money is going to support some pro-abort cause somewhere, and it’s definitely funding socialism locally and nationally.

I would let other parishioners know. Ask them if they are OK with $15,000 or so annually going to an organization like Dallas Area Interfaith. Ask how much money your pastor gives to pro-life organizations from the parish general fund – in most cases, it is zero (I’m working on a post along that line). You can contact me directly if you have more questions. Just leave a comment that you want more info and I’ll get in touch.

God bless,

13. Cori Hyland - September 26, 2010

You go, boyee! This is great work. Thanks so much!

14. Dave in McKinney - September 27, 2010
15. JenZ - September 27, 2010

I didn’t ever contact my parish but I feel pretty certain that the St. Anthony on this list is probably the one in Dallas, not the one in Wylie. The parish in Wylie has not been one to support things like this in the past, and I have serious doubts that esp. our previous pastor (but probably also our current one) would be involved with organizations like those listed. I could be wrong – as I said, I never looked into it further.

tantamergo - September 27, 2010

It is the one in Dallas. I’ll clarify that, sorry.

JenZ - September 28, 2010


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