The post-modern answer to this last question is: We read their emails. By their emails shall ye know them. When speaking among friends and political comrades in emails, politicians sometimes discard their masks, loosen their belts and tell the rest of us what they REALLY THINK. We owe these freshets of honesty to hackers and hacker aggregators such as WiliLeaks.
Here we are listening in on a “private” conversation between a few heterodox Catholics – Catholics In Name Only (CINO) – and Democrat political operatives who usually busy themselves dressing thorny but honest political thoughts in more proper, tenuous, highly ingenious and purposefully ambiguous, Orwellian political garb – the sort of language one frequently finds in arcane college theses. And, come to think of it, many of our post-modern politicians’ most memorable lines have been hammered out on academic anvils by recent graduates of Harvard or Yale interning for Senator Blunderbuss, because the solicitous attentions of Senator Blunderbuss have made it less likely that any of them will find real jobs in the real world.
Sandy Newman, president and founder of the progressive nonprofit Voices for Progress, muses in a recently un-privatized email: “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a Middle Ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church. Just musing.” Mr. Newman – No relation, one supposes, to Cardinal John Henry Newman, author of “The Development Of Christian Doctrine”? – is musing to John Podesta, presently the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Newman, who is Jewish, modestly acknowledges that he doesn’t know much about the Catholic Church: “Even if the idea [of a Catholic Spring that would overturn a doxology Newman regards as Medieval and outmoded] isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would ‘plant the seeds of the revolution,’ or who would plant them.”
Fortunately, Mr. Newman had addressed his e-mail to a revolutionary CINO. Mr. Podesta, responds, “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.”
John “I’m Catholic” Halpin, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, joined in the discussion. Halpin to Podesta: "It’s [Catholic theology] an amazing bastardization of the faith. They [Orthodox Catholics; at the time Newman wrote his “Apologia Pro Vita Sua,” Orthodox Catholics were derisively called Papists, but modern anti-Catholic Catholics avoid the term] must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."
Jennifer Palmieri, also a professed Catholic and Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, weighed in: "I imagine they [some of the conversant’s peers] think it [Catholicism] is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals."
A minor quibble before we pass on: There are no such categories as “conservative” or “liberal” Catholics; these are political terms. Within Catholicism, there are orthodox and heterodox Catholics.
Naturally, the new theology, an attempt to update Catholicism by purging it of its core beliefs, eventually trickled up to soon-to-be-President Hillary Clinton. Speaking before the Women in the World Summit in 2015, Mrs. Clinton peeled back the velvet glove from the iron fist: “All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."
So far in her campaign, Clinton has shed half “the deplorables,” that portion of the country that is irredeemably committed to Donald Trump, Constitutionalists who think the First and Second Amendments should not be administratively repealed by Presidential edict, evangelicals in the South and Appalachia who cling to their guns and bibles for protection and spiritual succor, young people who had flocked enthusiastically to the Democratic primary campaign of socialist Bernie Sanders, who insisted correctly during his primary campaign that the Democrat Party machine had fixed the primary, a supposition since confirmed by hacked emails let loose in the world by either European, Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean plumbers.
Catholics and Evangelicals now are feeling the recoil of an aggressive progressive secularism. And, not surprisingly, orthodox Catholics put off by a) late term abortion, b) the selling of baby parts by Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, and c) putative Catholics who want to post-modernize the Vatica are feeling bitten.
But these religious grouping no longer matter to the post-modern, progressive, new-model Democratic Party that has written them off as gauche and politically un-hip. The bright bulbs of the New Democratic Party reject as outmoded the doctrine of subsidiarity embodied in the federated government set-up by the founders of our Constitutional Republic, also outmoded. And never having read Thomas Aquinas or his modern interpreters with a jeweler’s eye, the hip-hop theologians regard the author of the “Summa Theologica” as an unlettered and irrational boob. In addition, they suppose that the Catholic Church, which regards Mary the mother of Jesus as its first and most faithful theologian, is conducting a war against women, when historically it was the Roman Church that freed women and slaves from a male centered culture that was, much like modern times, indifferent to abortion and the exposure of newly born infants, shamelessly immodest and virulently anti-Christian.
We now know what the progressive Democratic Party REALLY thinks, as illustrated in the emails released by WikiLeaks and other disturbers of the peace. The Obama administration, as of this writing, is now preparing for a twitter war against Vladimir Putin, oil magnate, butcher of Ukraine, the puppet master behind Bashir al Assad’s murderous regime and, possibly through his intelligence services, the instigator of Hillary Clinton’s current unease. But at least he’s not a Papist, an Evangelical or an Orthodox Jew. We should fall to our knees and thank the Democrats’ post-modern God for small favors.