The Vatican and the International Left




Oh, Social Justice, what crimes are committed in thy name!


According to a just-released American Life League Report, Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican’s top social justice organization, is providing leadership to a radically pro-abortion, communist organization.

Evidence, from both primary sources and explosive video, highlights ALL’s report showing conclusively that the World Social Forum is a radically communist and pro-abortion organization pushing for world revolution. According to both internal and primary documents, Caritas Internationalis has held a position of leadership in the World Social Forum from its inception.

Michael Hichborn, host of American Life League’s ALL Report, stated, “This is a very serious problem.  Given how intimately connected the World Social Forum has been with the promotion of communism, abortion, and homosexuality since the very beginning, it’s impossible to see how any Catholic can participate in it, or even speak positively about it, let alone have any involvement in its governance. But Caritas Internationalis does!”

American Life League is urging Catholics to prayerfully and respectfully contact Cardinal Maradiaga, the current president of Caritas, and ask him to completely disaffiliate Caritas from the World Social Forum.

Caritas Internationalis
Palazzo San Calisto
Vatican City State

Reception Desk: + 39 06 698 797 99
Fax: + 39 06 698 872 37

The American Life League Report can be viewed in its entirety here. Full documentation and source material is also available from American Life League.

The mindset of many of the powers that be currently at the Vatican is clearly on the Left, and in some cases the hard Left.  Caritas Internationalis had a strained relationship with the Vatican under the previous Pope:


Last year, citing the need to strengthen the organization’s “Catholic identity,” the Vatican took the highly unusual step of blocking Caritas secretary general Lesley-Anne Knight from running for a second four-year term. Apparently at issue was the desire of Knight to distance the organisation from the Holy See, saying the association could hurt fundraising. At the time she was dismissed, Vatican officials who asked to remain anonymous, said that there are serious concerns over the moral drift away from Catholic teaching of several charitable organisations associated with various national bishops’ conferences.

More rumblings were heard in May last year, when the Vatican cancelled a speech sponsored by Caritas by the radical English Dominican priest, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, who has publicly promoted ideas at odds with Church teaching on homosexuality.

In his recent encyclical, Caritas et Veritate, Pope Benedict said that material aid to human development cannot be separated from the demands of truth: “Only in charity, illumined by the light of reason and faith, is it possible to pursue development goals that possess a more humane and humanizing value.” In several recent decisions, Pope Benedict is moving to reform other groups with official ties to the Catholic Church who have become, in the eyes of the Vatican, overly secularised.

Caritas, Bertone wrote, “carries out its specific task in the name of the Church,” which means that it must be run according to the moral and social teaching of the Catholic Church.

Go here to read the rest.  How times have changed.  Now the champion of sodomy Radcliffe is honored by the Vatican and Caritas is allowed to run wild and tie the Vatican with groups that despise everything the Catholic Church stands for.


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  1. I am sick and tired of social justice crap. It’s just a cover for socialist statism where God is replaced by Caesar and liberty by license.

  2. This week the ‘Women of Grace’ show on EWTN has as guest, Anthony Esolen, discussing this, the topic of his book, ‘Reclaiming Catholic Social Justice’ on at 11:00 AM and 11:30 PM. Not boring, given other renditions of social justice from hierarchy. Hope in the wind.

  3. I believe Caritas is probably shot through with socialists and communists. It should be disbanded, and replaced with a new agency with entirely new personal.

  4. “I believe Caritas is probably shot through with socialists and communists. It should be disbanded, and replaced with a new agency with entirely new personal.”

    Or maybe a new religious order, committed to the fullness of the truth and personal, not state, charity.

  5. I would encourage all to take a few moments and review the USCCB domestic social issues website linked below. There is not one utterance of subsidiarity, and as to solidarity (masked in theological double speak and multicultural mumbo jumbo) you will only see centralized statist budget busting proposals. Here’s a sampler From Bishop Wenski on climate change from his letter to the EPA

    Efforts to address climate change must take into account creation and its relationship to “the least of these”(Matthew 25). Too frequently we observe the damaging impacts from climate-related events in the United States and across the globe, particularly on poor and vulnerable communities. We know that the communities served by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are already experiencing the tragic consequences of
    climate change. Increasingly limited access to water, reduced crop yields, more widespread disease, more frequent and intense droughts and storms, as well as conflict over declining resources – are all making the lives of the world’s poorest people even more precarious.

    Or this—$2.5M of parishioner money to support more Alinsky type community organizations

    Catholic Campaign for Human Development
    Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice. Since 2013, CCHD as invested nearly $2.5 million and partnered with over 35 community-based organizations and 31 dioceses in 22 states to support environmental justice.

  6. C. Maradiaga? Nothing more need be said. We know of him. And words protesting the participation of Caritas in global sins will be wasted on him, I would suspect.

  7. As a family we stopped donating to anything connected with Caritas a long time ago and only give to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) a truly Catholic charity.

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