Posted by: Ann Corcoran | February 12, 2012

American Catholicism’s Pact with the Devil*

I’ve been writing here and elsewhere over the last five years** about the Catholic Church and its many affiliated organizations dipping into the federal treasury to do their “charitable” work, and this past week maybe, just maybe, some in the church leadership have come to understand that those 30 pieces of silver aren’t worth the price.

Readers may recall this post I wrote a couple of weeks ago in which I linked the present problems to the Church’s history with Saul Alinsky beginning in 1940, however author Paul Rahe tells us that they went astray a few years earlier—during the New Deal era.

This ‘pact with the devil’ article is long but well worth the time to read it.  Here is one comment from a reader to give you an incentive to read the entire brilliant report on the Church.   (Hat tip: Judy)

The Catholic ox is finally being gored.  Six decades of kissing the socialist ring is finally, to use a phrase, coming home to roost.  Raycon, a reader

Excerpt from ‘American Catholicism’s Pact with the Devil’* by Paul A.Rahe published at Ricochet (emphasis mine):

….In the 1930s, the majority of the  bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so with the best of intentions. In their concern for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal. They gloried in the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made Frances Perkins – a devout Anglo-Catholic laywoman who belonged to the Episcopalian Church but retreated on occasion to a Catholic convent – Secretary of Labor and the first member of her sex to be awarded a cabinet post. And they welcomed Social Security – which was her handiwork. They did not stop to ponder whether public provision in this regard would subvert the moral principle that children are responsible for the well-being of their parents. They did not stop to consider whether this measure would reduce the incentives for procreation and nourish the temptation to think of sexual intercourse as an indoor sport. They did not stop to think.

In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to a conceit that had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States – the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity – and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism – the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people’s money and redistribute it.

At every turn in American politics since that time, you will find the hierarchy assisting the Democratic Party and promoting the growth of the administrative entitlements state. At no point have its members evidenced any concern for sustaining limited government and protecting the rights of individuals. It did not cross the minds of these prelates that the liberty of conscience which they had grown to cherish is part of a larger package – that the paternalistic state, which recognizes no legitimate limits on its power and scope, that they had embraced would someday turn on the Church and seek to dictate whom it chose to teach its doctrines and how, more generally, it would conduct its affairs.

I would submit that the bishops, nuns, and priests now screaming bloody murder have gotten what they asked for. The weapon that Barack Obama has directed at the Church was fashioned to a considerable degree by Catholic churchmen. They welcomed Obamacare. They encouraged Senators and Congressmen who professed to be Catholics to vote for it.

I do not mean to say that I would prefer that the bishops, nuns, and priests sit down and shut up. Barack Obama has once again done the friends of liberty a favor by forcing the friends of the administrative entitlements state to contemplate what they have wrought. Whether those brought up on the heresy that public provision is akin to charity will prove capable of thinking through what they have done remains unclear. But there is now a chance that this will take place, and there was a time – long ago, to be sure, but for an institution with the longevity possessed by the Catholic Church long ago was just yesterday – when the Church played an honorable role in hemming in the authority of magistrates and in promoting not only its own liberty as an institution but that of others similarly intent on managing their own affairs as individuals and as members of subpolitical communities.

In my lifetime, to my increasing regret, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States has lost much of its moral authority.

Please read the whole article.

**Endnote:  I went to look up some posts I’ve written on the Catholic Bishops promoting a political agenda (with your money!)—including encouraging illegal immigration, funding CASA de Maryland, promoting the global warming myth, and generally lobbying for redistribution of money from one group of citizens to another and discovered that this post from almost one year ago has been visited by scores of readers today for some reason.



  1. Good points. Giving to others is good because it is done out of virtue, freely. Virtue is removed when it is coerced. A point we hope liberal Catholics may be starting to understand with this all out assault on the church by Obama and co.

  2. What an outstanding, thoughtful article. I read the article and must say that is one of the best I’ve ever read; from the historical context to the unrealized (until now) consequences of decisions that were, and are, being made by the catholic church. I fear that they are in too deep, but that is up to the parrishioners to decide I suppose.

  3. Dear friends,
    This airing out of the truth is much needed and appreciated. It has not been well-understood in the past. So, you do a good service in getting this into open dialogue. The official roman catholic church has a conflicted past for many years — before FDR, all the way back to the barbaric period of persecution of free thinkers that led to the enlightenment in Europe with Martin Luther.

    It might interest some to know that it was none other than a leading catholic priest in the middle east who officially confirmed Mohammed’s teaching as “coming from God” that gave his writings an air of authenticity. Who knows that without this “vote of confidence” the prophet Mohammad might not have acquired the iconic status he holds today for so many in the Islamic faith.

    More recently, the Roman Catholic Church, through such means as “Catholic Charities” has been the beneficiary of huge sums of government money, given as “grants” through the Department of Labor. Undoubtedly, they receive also huge grants from AID for their many activities around the world. When I struggle with these worldly conflicts in religion, I remember that “no religion is above the truth.”

    There are many philosophical aspects to the Roman Catholic church that could apply as well to other large religious institutions that have gained worldly power through the ordinary pattern of “pact with the devil” In some countries, official church figures in the Islam faith have assigned unto themselves official “Pope-like” status so whatever they say cannot be disputed without the condemnation of heresy — and what power the world can impose, including death to those who transgress.

    In North Korea, the “dear leader” is imbued with these absolute powers; and the emperor of Japan doubtless had this majestic mantle of supreme presence as the voice of the almighty. So, I think it’s in human nature to create “gods” out of human institutions and personalities of one type or another. The problem is that it’s not so easy to identify this happening among institutions that we have associated with so much good in our close personal level — to nurture so many positive relations and support in many ways. In this sense, I think it’s fair to say that the devil is a deceiver, as a clever “angel of light” to hide the underlying nature of its evil. It’s not just the Catholic Church that is mired in this evil — look to any large religious denomination in its search for “social” relevance. There is happening now an airing out of this evil in the “social” issues of the day that is dividing light from darkness for those who have eyes to see.

    The image I have often in my mind is the smiling and adoring faces of the masses of Germans who voted HItler into power, and supported him so loyally for so long as they “holy father” until finally after much pain and suffering, the smiles turned to tears and anguish, when the truth of death and torture of the concentration camps was finally revealed. Maybe if we see the seeds of our delusions now, we can avoid the same consequences that logically follow from idol worship in whatever form it materializes.

    Lee Havis

  4. Hi Ann. It’s good to meet another fellow Catholic fighting the good fight. Thank you for writing these articles. I’m a new Catholic – I converted last year at Easter. A few months later when I discovered how progressives have been infiltrating the Catholic Church to promote their agenda (CCHD & JustFaith), it was very upsetting. I’m still working out how to deal with it. As a new Catholic I’m ashamed that Catholics helped elect Obama and supported Obamacare. I will keep in touch.

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  7. Had I known the Church supported blatant stalinism I would never have joined.


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