The little known story of Polish Catholicism in the United States

Not too long ago I received a copy of a history of the sixteen Polish parishes in Milwaukee. It is a tremendously moving story of how the poorest of the immigrants from Europe built the most spectacular churches, at incredible cost. The Basilica of St. Josaphat, most imposing of the structures, at one time boasted the second largest dome in the nation after the U.S. Capitol Building. The people who built it were the most despised of the European immigrants, taking dangerous and unsavory jobs no one else would take, huddled in crowded conditions. And yet the parishioners of that parish took out second mortgages on their homes, and contributed up to a year’s factory wages, in order to build the church to the glory of God.

It is said that when the Germans came to Milwaukee they built factories, and when the Polish came to Milwaukee they built churches. The church was at the very center of the life of the Polish community. And soon there were schools — grammar and high schools — and benevolent institutions, orphanages, and cultural organizations, including an opera company.

This is only Milwaukee. There are a dozen cities, mostly the Lake Cities — Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo — where more or less the same phenomenon occurred. And then a hundred other small towns and villages, from Texas to Nebraska to New England, where coal miners, farmers, and other working folk gave their best to the Church, which had been their spiritual home for a millennium.

In the nineteenth century, a great crisis erupted in the American Catholic Church. It centered around the issue of who would control the churches. Called the “Trustee Controversy,” the issue of church ownership was aggravated by the practice of the American Church hierarchy of removing Polish pastors from their immigrant flocks and imposing non-Poles as the leaders of those flocks. This was especially painful in a city like Milwaukee where the Church leadership was German; the Poles had immigrated from Prussia, fleeing German cultural oppression. (Poland had been partitioned a century before, between Prussia, Russia, and Austria, so no one came from Poland in “the Great Immigration” since that country did not exist.) The Poles were seen as fractious and quarrelsome, in America as in Europe; in other circumstances, this characteristic was lauded as “freedom-loving.” To wit, a fairly recent history of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, commissioned by former Archbishop Rembert Weakland, describes them as “intractable.”

The Poles, for their part, felt that, because by the 1920s they constituted twenty percent of the American Catholic Church, they should have at least some representation in the hierarchy. That representation was very late in coming, too late for the members of the Polish National Church, who had gone into schism by the turn of the nineteenth century.

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Dancing with the devil in Florida: Catholic Charities teaming up with Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller group is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving, according to its website. It is based in New York City and patterns itself after John D. Rockefeller Sr., who in 1891 began to professionally manage his philanthropy “as if it were a business.”

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The Rockefellers’ Support of Planned Parenthood

The Barbaric Vision of ‘Progressive’ (Socialist) Heroes

Thinkers such as the famous science fiction writer H.G. Wells, who between 1905 and 1940, was one of the most admired and influential men in the world. In describing his fellow socialist and some-time friend, George Bernard Shaw wrote of Wells, “Multiply the total by ten; square the result. Raise it again to the millionth power and square it again; and you will still fall short of the truth about Wells – yet the worse he behaved the more he was indulged; and the more he was indulged the worse he behaved.” Shaw, by the way, lied about what he had seen in Stalin’s Russia and when questioned by a Western journalist about the forced starvations in Ukraine threw a can of Russian meat at him. Wells, though, was worse.

At heart he was a social engineer. In massively best-selling books such as Anticipations and A Modern Utopia Wells wrote that he believed the world would collapse; from this collapse a new order should and would emerge. “People throughout the world whose minds were adapted to the big-scale conditions of the new time,” he wrote. “A naturally and informally organized educated class, an unprecedented sort of people.” A strict social order would be formed. At the bottom of it was the base.

These were “people who had given evidence of a strong anti-social disposition,” including “the black, the brown, the swarthy, the yellow.” Christians would also “have to go,” as well as the handicapped. Wells devoted entire pamphlets to the need of “preventing the birth, preventing the procreation or preventing the existence” of the mentally and physically handicapped. “This thing, this euthanasia of the weak and the sensual is possible. I have little or no doubt that in the future it will be planned and achieved.”

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YOU Must Act Today to Stop Repeal of the Ban on Gays Openly Serving in the Military

Time is running out.

Tomorrow, May 27th, both the Senate and the House plan to vote on whether to repeal the long-standing statutory ban on homosexuals openly serving in the military. As a result of  the increased  pressure on the White house and Congress by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups, the vote is scheduled without first obtaining the planned Pentagon report due later in the year.

According to reports, Congressmen are being deluged with phone calls and mail to pressure them to repeal the ban.

Now it’s up to YOU! Please contact (phone or e-mail) the key senators listed below by tomorrow, May 27th. Let them know that you oppose repeal of the long-standing ban on gays openly serving in the military. Ask your family and friends to do the same.

Robert C. Byrd (D-West Virginia)         202-224-3954 (corrected #)
http://byrd.senate.gov//contacts/index.cfm?ID=54

Bill Nelson (Florida)                            202-224-5274
http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Evan Bayh (D-Indiana)                         202-224-5623
http://bayh.senate.gov/contact/email/

Jim Webb (D-Virginia)                        202-224-4024
http://webb.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts)             202-224-4543
http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Susan M. Collins (R-Maine)                   202-224-2523
http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.email

All you have to say or write is:

Please oppose any attempt to repeal or place a moratorium on the longstanding ban on gays openly serving in the military. The purpose of our military is to prepare for and prevail in combat.  It is not a place to experiment with social engineering.”

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Government funding will pump unprecedented amounts of new cash into Planned Parenthood, others, greatly expanding the abortion industry

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Presently, an abortion might cost anywhere from $400 to $4000 dollars, depending on whether the woman has health insurance, or not. When insurance is available, abortion fees tend to increase to the maximum that’s payable under the health plan , in order to maximize the abortionist’s profits.

Imagine how many new abortion clinics might instantly pop up if a $1,000 procedure suddenly became a $10,000 one!

And what’s to prevent an abortion friendly government from wildly increasing the reimbursement rate for abortions, in order to expand the industry in an attempt to “normalize” and promote it, much as they did with all those ill considered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac home mortgages?

A $20,000 abortion is not hard to imagine, especially in light of what we already know about the wildly inflated prices of government funded hammers and toilet seats.

Government funded abortion is not health care. It’s simply another ill-considered attempt at social engineering that will further weaken the already failing fabric of our society.

If you think the recent financial collapse was bad, wait until your government tries doing the same thing with our “human capital”!

Contact your elected representatives in Congress and tell them that any new government health care plan must NOT include abortion funding.