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WikiLeaks did it again with another e-mail release, 1,200 of them, and this time exposing the deliberate attempts by the Clinton campaign to disrupt, undermine and, yes, try to destroy the Catholic Church. Their intent was (is) to plant the “seeds of the revolution” within the institution.


Among the e-mails are communications between Clinton operatives that are clearly filled with bigotry.


If anyone had any doubt that Hillary Clinton and the people around her have no regard for any kind of religious tradition in this country, this latest expose should erase that.


We know they don’t like anyone who adheres to any religion. Jews are constant targets, as are Christians of all stripes – unless of course they’re of a darker skin tone. Then, Hillary shows up at their churches and adopts their dialect to make it sound as if she’s one of them.


She’s not, of course, and she’s not a very good actress. Nevertheless, too many people are fooled by her scam.


Among the names involved in the e-mails are John Podesta, who is Clinton’s campaign chairman; Jennifer Palmieri, communications chairman; John Halpin with the Center for American Progress; and Sandy Newman from Voices for Progress.


In one of Newman’s e-mails, he said, “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.”


It’s clear from the messages among these people that they have no compunction about ridiculing Catholic beliefs and practices. For example, they mocked Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp, for having his children baptized in the Jordan River, alleging – with no proof – it was done for political purposes.


There was a series of e-mails involving Podesta that clearly show one of the goals, beyond denigrating Catholicism, was to set up fake organizations to mislead Catholics into thinking “real” Catholics disagree with Church teaching, particularly on contraception and abortion.


It’s clear there was concern about the demands of Obamacare that violate Catholic beliefs on these issues and raise the matter of constitutional violations and lawsuits.


Their proposed “Catholic Spring” had the goal to create a revolution within the Church for purely political purposes.


Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League – a legitimate Catholic organization, by the way – said there was an attempt by a George Soros organization to get the IRS to remove his tax-exempt status, but it didn’t work.


He went on, in his interview with radio host J.D. Hayworth, explaining that those e-mails were “anti-Catholic … disparaging of Catholics … disdainful of evangelicals … and express the kind of hostility toward my religion that would never be tolerated if these kinds of statements were exhibited against Muslims.”


That has to be the understatement of the year!


Reporting on this aspect of this WikiLeaks dump has generally been ignored by the media.


No surprise there, since mainstream media have no respect for any religion other than Islam.


Mike Pence, GOP vice-presidential nominee, wasted no words in his reaction: “Hillary Clinton should denounce those bigoted, anti-Catholic, anti-evangelical remarks, and her campaign staff should apologize to people of faith and do it now.”


Don’t hold your breath, Mike.


In fact, there’s been neither a word from Hillary – surprise! – nor from her campaign. I suspect they’ll ignore it, hoping that with media doing the same, it will all go away. That might work.


While there have been suspicions and indications of the disdain leftists have for organized religion, this is the first time their deep hatred is now public and illustrates the extent to which they’ve gone to undermine the Church and infiltrate it with progressive ideology.


Aggrieved Catholics who have seen the disunity within the Church and are concerned about the long-term consequences should take heart from the reaction of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.


In his weekly column, Chaput said he believed the Democrats felt the “bishops were dumb enough to be used as tools” four years ago during Obama’s re-election campaign, and he believes little has changed given the “contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team.”


“American Catholics helped to elect an administration that has been the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers, institutions, concerns and liberty in generations.”


He added that it would be wonderful if the Clinton campaign would repudiate the ugly e-mails – that “all of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.”


Don’t let his touch of humor fool you. Last month in a speech at Notre Dame University, he criticized both candidates as flawed: Trump as a “belligerent demagogue with an impulse-control problem; but pulled no punches about Hillary Clinton as “a criminal liar, uniquely rich in stale ideas and bad priorities.”


Unfortunately, the archbishop is one man. Aside from only a few others, the silence from the rest of the active U.S. 301 bishops, archbishops and cardinal-archbishops is deafening. That means local parishes will kept in the dark about the Democrat plot because local parish priests tend not to have the courage to get into such arenas of discussion.


It’s hard to know what it will take to get everyday Catholics to wake up to the political games being played with them. There’s no doubt that a vote for Clinton is vote for abortion, gay marriage and government interference in religious beliefs and practices.


The question is whether mushy Catholics will have the courage to stand up for their faith and truth and just say, “No.”


Only heaven knows, and the devil waits.


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