Saul Alinsky and "Catholic Action" at Modesto
Submitted by Betsy K.
The information below regarding a conference at Modesto, CA. concerns current “Catholic Action" for Social Justice, Community Organizing, the environment, etc... Catholics should understand the difference between the teachings of radical Saul Alinsky (and Catholic organizations influenced by Alinsky) and authentic Catholic Action for the good of the spiritual kingdom.
Expert, Stephanie Block, explains the difference:
"Catholic Action is ordered toward Christianizing society, diffusing it with Christian culture and values. Alinskyian organizing, on the other hand, is entirely about growing political power, with Alinsky explaining that “The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power.” His book, however, “Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”(2)... "In the light of all this, one can see that Catholic Action concerns, first and foremost, a spiritual kingdom, not an earthly kingdom."(Emphasis added0
"Modesto becomes a world stage in February when a Vatican co-sponsored conference gathers more than 600 people from across the world to discuss social justice issues.
Pope Francis is exploring an off-site presence, including the possibility of teleconferencing into parts of the convening, which is co-sponsored by the Vatican's Department of Integral Human Development [Instituting the Dicastery for promoting Integral Human Development,] [IHD] the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and PICO – the largest network of faith-based groups in the nation. [Read Pope Francis' newly formed Integral Human Development Program - nothing about abortion?...my comment]
Among those from the Vatican planning to attend is Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the IHD. Turkson is among Francis’ senior leaders and president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace...
The conference aims to help grass-roots groups push for worker rights, housing and environmental justice, according to the PICO release. Sister Davis said the selection of Modesto is appropriate given Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire's experience working for and concern with social justice issues." (Emphasis added]