You can take the bishop out of Chicago … but (evidently) you can’t take the Chicago out of the bishop!

Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee has now been claimed as an ally by the leftists, in the Madison, Wisconsin Union Stand-Off.

It’s no wonder, since anyone who spent as much time in Chicago as he, and anyone who has been part of the perennially corrupt Chicago socio-political system as long as he was, must now be permanently suffering from something closely akin to the “Stockholm Syndrome” … where hostages begin to sympathetically identify with, and finally, adopt the ideology of their captors.

Chicago has always been a Democrat town and a union town. That’s the way things are. Just ask Governor Quinn, who gave the unions a sweet, guaranteed contract extension, in exchange for their unqualified support, just days before the last election. And it worked!

The leaders of the Catholic Church in Chicago have long been conditioned to jump when the party bosses say, to remain quiet when ordered, and to “come out” in support of party objectives, whenever necessary.

Authentic Catholic social teachings be damned. The needs and objectives of the party come first!

That can’t be, you say? Well, the last time anyone in the Chicago Archdiocese (in this case, Francis Cardinal George) tried to buck the system, Bill Daley (president Obama’s current chief of staff) promptly ran a public op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune, ordering the good Cardinal to sit down and shut up. The cardinal dutifully obeyed!

Read all about it here.

This is the abusive environment from which Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki comes. The Chicago Democratic political system still owns him. All his prior conditioning is still in effect. Can anyone really blame him for automatically “coming out” on behalf of his political bosses … in spite of the fact that they remain enemies of the church … leftists, progressives, Socialists, Marxists, pro-aborts, pro-homosexuals (and worse)?

The teachers have been similarly oppressed by their own union. Union membership is required of every teacher in Wisconsin. No union membership … no teaching job! Union dues are automatically deducted from every teacher’s paycheck. Teachers have little or nothing to say about how those dues are spent. Due to the political climate in the state, certification for alternative union organizations is virtually impossible to arrange.

In short, the Wisconsin teacher’s union already rules over Wisconsin’s teachers, with an iron fist … just like Organizer In Chief, President Barack Obama would like to be able to rule over the citizens of the United States.

For Catholics, this is really the Catholic Campaign for Human Development scandal all over again. Only this time, it’s dressed up just a little bit differently.

Keep a close eye on your wallet. By now, it should be painfully obvious that some of our bishops are not unwilling to help the unions and the politicians pick our pockets. (And for what, really? It’s not like the Catholic Church gets anything in return from these guys … except maybe, the “privilege” of doling out the proceeds from a few paltry government grants, through Catholic Charities!)

Money is like fertilizer. Corruption is like weeds. The sooner we shut off the unlimited money supply to the government, the unions, the politicians, and the bishops … the sooner the corruption will be weeded out.

1Timothy 6:9-11  For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, fly from these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness.

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