The truth is that Barack Obama’s connection with Rome is a long-standing one, having begun as far back as his early years when he was a “community organiser.” According to the Catholic Democrats organisation, Obama “worked in several Catholic parishes, supported by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, helping to address severe joblessness and housing needs in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of Chicago.”[xvi] Patrick Whelan, the president of Catholic Democrats, said that in May of this year he “attended a reunion of Catholic Priests and community activists [in Chicago] who hired a young Barack Obama in 1985.”[xvii] And Denis McDonough, the U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor and a man who moderated a 2006 event on the subject of “How Catholic Progressives View the Role of Faith in Governance”, said that Obama’s work as a community organiser in Chicago “was funded partly” by the “Catholic Church campaign for human development”.[xviii]
Obama himself admitted all this in an October 2008 interview with Catholic Digest when he said: “I got my start as a community organizer working with mostly Catholic parishes on the South Side of Chicago that were struggling because the steel plants had closed. The Campaign for Human Development helped fund the project, and so very early on, my career was intertwined with the belief in social justice that is so strong in the Church.”[xix] He said that he “tried to apply the precepts of compassion and care for the vulnerable that are so central to Catholic teachings to my work [such as in] making health care a right for all Americans – I was the sponsor in the state legislature for the Bernardin Amendment, named after Cardinal Bernardin, a wonderful figure in Chicago I had the opportunity to work with who said that health care should be a right.”
From 1985 to 1988 Obama ran the Developing Communities Project, which was funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, from an office in Chicago’s Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church.
It is very plain, then, that the alliance of Barack Obama with the Roman Catholic institution goes back many years and is very solid. No wonder, then, that despite his pro-abortion, pro-sodomite stance, he is so enthusiastically supported by the Romish hierarchy and the majority of the Roman Catholics in America! He is doing their work, and has been doing it for decades.
Now what precisely is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)? “Each November around Thanksgiving every Roman Catholic parish takes up a collection for the nonprofit Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), a program run under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).”[xx] The bishops authorise this collection in order to supposedly “break the cycle of poverty”. But that is simply a front. While posing as a mainstream “Christian” charity helping the poor, its real purpose is to provide funds to various radical left-wing political groups – such as ACORN and the Industrial Areas Foundation (the network of community organisations founded by Saul Alinsky).[xxi] And many of the leftist political organisations it has funded were founded by, or are run by, Roman Catholic priests![xxii]
The CCHD’s real agenda has been exposed even by conservative Roman Catholics. For example, former U.S. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, a prominent Roman Catholic, stated in the late 1980s that CCHD was a “funding mechanism for radical left-wing political activism in the United States, rather than for traditional types of charities.” And Roman Catholic writer Paul Likoudis stated that CCHD could be viewed as “a political mechanism bonding the American Church to the welfare state.”[xxiii]
Ordinary Roman Catholics, then, have been funding this radical leftist organisation for decades (often ignorant of its real nature and mission, thinking it was simply helping the poor) – and it in turn has pumped their money into various other radical, Marxist organisations!
Let’s look more closely at ACORN and then at the Industrial Areas Foundation, both of which have been heavily funded by the CCHD: