(CNA) -- An “anti-Catholic storm” is looming in the United States because of the Church’s stance against “postmodern ideologies” and because well-funded Catholic supporters of President Obama provide cover for Catholic politicians who dissent from Church teaching, says Catholic analyst Deal Hudson.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The "Vatican-America War" is just around the corner. Oh, no need to worry. You won't see any bombing campaigns or invasion forces. No. This is going to be a war of words, and the battle ground is the U.S. Catholic Church. It's a battle no U.S. priest or bishop wants to see. It's a conflict the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been trying to avoid for decades, even to the point of playing footsies with anti-Catholic organizations through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Their strategy hasn't worked. In fact, it's failed miserably, and has only managed to put the U.S. Catholic Church in a much weaker position for the battle ahead.
Hudson, who has served as an advisor to Republican leaders on Catholic issues, wrote at InsideCatholic.com that a “relentless barrage” of reporting in the mainstream media is intended to force changes demanded by dissenting Catholic groups.
Revelations of clerical sexual abuse in Europe have provided “Catholic bashers” the opportunity to attack Church teachings about abortion and same-sex “marriage,” he added. A call to arrest Pope Benedict XVI in the United Kingdom should have been regarded as “a crank call” but has led to speculation about whether the papal trip to Britain should be canceled.
While Iraqi Christians are being expelled from their homelands, this only receives “occasional mention” in the New York Times, whose reporters “dig through Vatican documents” hoping to link the Pope with clerical sexual abuse, Hudson wrote.
“The use of courts and commissions to harass and threaten Catholics and other Christians has already been auditioned in Canada,” noted Hudson. “And the expansion of hate-speech laws signed by President Barack Obama last October sets the stage for similar tussles here when a minister, priest, or voluble layperson too heatedly denounces homosexual sex.”
While the Church is not the only institution insisting on universal moral standards, it is the largest and therefore stands in the way of “postmodern ideologies achieving complete dominance in the West,” he said. Those who hold the “postmodern” belief that all truth is power “don't hesitate to use the power of the media, government, and the courts to attack any institution thwarting their influence.”
According to Hudson, political donors have combined resources with labor unions, which once had a “vital” relationship with the Church, to support “faux Catholic groups that provide cover for politicians who don’t vote Catholic.” He suggested that it is these groups’ fault that the majority of candidates who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage are Republican....
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Over the last few decades the Democratic Party has managed to perfect the art of pitting Catholics against each other, and no politician has been more adept at this than President Barrack Hussein Obama. As I wrote in a previous article I succinctly pointed out Barrack Obama's strategy for cracking the Catholic Church in two - a schism like nothing ever seen before on the North American continent. (I strongly recommend you read the article.) This is, I asserted, part of his overall reelection strategy for 2012. It just might work. Granted, Obama is down in the polls today, and it looks like the Democrats will lose big in the congressional election this November, but don't expect Obama to just roll over and take it. He's going to rally in 2011, spring some traps he's laid the groundwork for in 2009 and 2010, and roll into campaign mode like a locomotive in 2012. I know that may seem hard for people to see today, but mark my words, by 2012 you will know what I'm talking about.
In the end this is what it's going to come down to. Catholic Americans will be forced to choose between the president and the pope, between Washington DC and the Vatican. I realize this may seem inconceivable at the time I write this, but the day is coming very VERY soon. The mainstream news media, along with gay-rights groups, other lobbyists, labor unions, universities and public education will team up to project an image of "American Catholicism" that is pro-choice, pro-gay and pro-Obama!
On the flip side is the pope. He will probably involve himself in American politics only insofar as encouraging Catholics to vote according to the teachings of the Church. This of course is diametrically opposed to everything the new "American Catholicism" image stands for as projected by the Obama-Democratic campaign machine. Catholic Americans will be forced to choose between Obama and the pope, and when that day comes, it is very reasonable to assume that as many as 50% of U.S. Catholics will choose Obama over the pope. When they do, the schism will be complete in everything but formality, and at least half of American Catholics will have proved they have no intention of ever following the pope or the moral tenets of the Catholic faith. Once Obama has effectively reduced the influence of the U.S. Catholic Church by half, the long-term campaign will begin to put the final nails in the coffin of U.S. Catholicism. This will come in the form of outright persecution against faithful Catholics, by passing so-called "civil rights" legislation that forces Catholic churches to hire openly practicing homosexuals. Any attempt to resist will be illegal, and immediately turn law enforcement against those Catholics who are faithful to the pope and the faith. The Vatican-American War will have begun!