Catholic Citizens of Illinois Hosts Real Catholic TV’s Michael Voris

Michael Voris – 3rd from right

December 10th – Chicago, Illinois

Nancy W. Reports:

We had an excellent time today at Mr.Thomas Roeser’s Catholic Citizen monthly luncheon, wish you were there!

Michael Voris gave a fabulous talk, without notes! He even fielded some questions and gave very charitable answers, right off the cuff! It was very impressive.

It looks as though he has suffered through some personal losses in his life, which is usually how the Lord gets our attention.

I tried to Google search to find out more about him but could only find info on sites like Richard Dawkins, Jihad Watch and other Catholic haters, no Wikipedia.

The long of the short of it is, the innocent must suffer for the sins of the guilty, martyrdom. Of course, I’d like to get a few shots in first, but that’s just me, although I’m far from innocent!

Honestly, if you ever get a chance to hear Michael Voris, you won’t be disappointed. He’s really put his life on the line for the truth. Please keep him and everyone at Real Catholic TV, in your prayers.

Blessings ~ Nancy

St. Benedict, pray for us.

p.s. Also pray for Rev. Father Fanelli. He will be celebrating his 40th Priestly anniversary on January 9th!

Merry Christmas!

Link to Catholic Citizens of Illinois

Cardinal George and the Dragon: Can Chicago’s Catholic leader smite fire-breathing critic Tom Roeser?


Explaining itself on its home page, CCI (Catholic Citizens of Illinois) observes that “more and more, Catholics in public life are becoming indistinguishable from other Americans, with growing support for abortion, divorce, euthanasia, and other societal ills. Even worse, a veil of ignorance has fallen over Catholic America, obscuring Catholic lay people’s understanding of their faith and calling into question their responsibility to serve as witnesses to Christ in the midst of human society.” CCI opposes these “ugly trends” and expects the archbishop to oppose them. Roeser makes it clear on his blog—which CCI members are quick to say the organization has nothing to do with—that he believes George has failed the test.

View the whole article at the Chicago Reader

Cardinal George doesn’t seem to appreciate Tom Roeser’s frank commentary.

Dear Mr ______,

I write to you because you are a member of the Advisory Board of Catholic Citizens of Illinois whose chairman is Mr. Thomas F. Roeser.

Mr. Roeser has taken in recent years to writing essays that are filled with factual errors and misrepresentations about events in the Archdiocese of Chicago. His writing about both clerical and lay officials of the Archdiocese are also personally insulting and filled with contempt. At times when the Pope or the bishops’ teachings or activities do not conform in every detail to his political convictions, he descends to hate mongering. I’ve included a recent example for your consideration.

Would it be possible for you to use your role as advisor to Catholic Citizens of Illinois to put an end to the hate literature produced by the Chairman? Thank you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Francis Cardinal George OMI

Archbishop of Chicago.

Editor’s note: Cardinal George recently issued a press release stating that the USCCB (and the U.S. bishops) were not involved in actions which might, in any way, be considered political.

Read more at Tom Roeser’s Site

Boycott of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Press Release

Catholic Citizens of Illinois calls for Boycott of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

By Catholic Citizens of Illinois

When the Catholic Bishops of the United States established the Campaign for Human Development in 1970, they mandated the Campaign to fund “such projects as voter registration, community organizations, community-run schools, minority-owned cooperatives and credit unions, capital for industrial development and job training programs, and setting up rural cooperatives.” It was subsequently renamed the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, with prohibitions on funding of projects that were not in conformity with Catholic moral teaching.
 
The CCHD was sold to Catholic parishioners with a slogan of “a hand up instead of a hand out,” but instead, CCHD has heavily invested in the political organizing techniques of Saul Alinsky, a Marxist organizer from Chicago who founded the nationwide Industrial Areas Foundation, which in the Chicago area is known as United Power. United Power has been financed by various mainline Protestant churches and has made great inroads into the Catholic Church in Chicago, recruiting parish ministers and receiving funding from various parishes through dues and contributions. For all practical purposes, United Power is an extension of the far left wing of the Democrat Party.
 
In a November 4 report in The Washington Time, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that it has hired forensic accounting specialists to investigate more than $1 million in church funding to voter-registration group ACORN, suspecting that the money may have been spent in criminal acts that would negatively impact the tax exempt status of the Church.

 

The CCHD has given more tha! n $7.3 m illion to ACORN over the past decade for about 320 projects, including $900,000 in 2006 and $1,110,000 in 2007. In June or this year, the Catholic Church allegedly froze a $1.2 million grant for 38 ACORN chapters after the community-organizing group was accused of voter fraud in 15 states. Critics of the CCHD have challenged the USCCB to provide evidence of the freeze and confirm that no payments have been made to ACORN in 2008.

 

Mary Anne Hackett, President of Catholic Citizens, commented, “It is well know that ACORN played a major role in the current financial crisis by intimidating banks through public rallies, invasions of bank lobbies with large groups of ACORN activists and picketing bank executives homes. ACORN bullied banks into making loans to people who could not repay them. To avoid vilification as racist, local banks were forced to make loans to unqualified borrowers, even allowing them to use food stamps as collateral for the loans.” These practices have caused the failure of several major financial institutions and the damage continues to reverberate through the economy.

 

Mrs. Hackett stated further, “Funding campaigns for socialist programs and Democrat Party candidates has no place in the mission of the Catholic Church or in service to the poor.” The funds are collected from the Catholic parishioners with no accountability to them for the expenditures. Nor does the Campaign for Human Development fund Catholic Institutions and apostolates that work with the poor.

 

“The Catholic Church, through its contributions to ACORN, is complicit in voter fraud and the failure of our economy. This must stop,” said Mrs. Hackett. Catholic Citizens of Illinois calls on all Catholics to boycott the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development on the weekend of November 22 and 23.

 

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