A Stolen Election:
Portent of Things To Come?
By A. J. Matt, Jr. Editor
May 8, 1997
Let's face it! Bob Dornan had his congressional seat stolen from him. And some of the thieves involved in this flagrant abuse of the electoral process were either in the employ of, or associated with, Catholic organizations or groups receiving funding from the Catholic Church.
Readers of The Wanderer have long known of the radical political activities engaged in by priests, nuns, and Catholic laity associated with CHD-funded groups and other Alinsky-type operations, but the apparent complicity of members of official Catholic organizations in illicit activities in California's 46th Congressional District's election contest last fall raises new and ominous questions.
Has the Catholic Church in some dioceses become an active participant in advancing the Democratic Party's objectives? Does such activity have the tacit support of the bishops in these dioceses, or is this yet another instance of diocesan middle-management bureaucrats following their own agenda and using the power and influence of the Catholic Church to attain their goals? Are the financial contributions to the Church by faithful Catholics being misappropriated and misused for political ends? The evidence so far uncovered by various investigations into the voting irregularities in California's 46th suggests these are legitimate questions that must be addressed.
Chief among other grave concerns at issue in this burgeoning scandal is the integrity, honesty, and authority of the electoral process - the basic element in our entire governmental system. So important is the electoral process to sound government that over the years, the United States has sent observers to dozens of countries to monitor elections. Is our country's electoral system becoming so corrupt as to warrant teams of international observers to monitor its fairness?
And what about the integrity of the Catholic Church? If ever it were established that the Church has become involved in partisan politics, it could be the end of it in the United States. How ironic, that at a time when faithful Catholics are literally begging priests and bishops for sound, authentic, authoritative teaching about doctrine and morality, we see growing evidence of Church involvement in partisan politics. And how timely that a high Vatican official, Archbishop Paul Cordes, has lately warned about the danger to the Church's mission if her agencies become associated with political movements or government projects. "Political action can imprison its actors," he declared.
We don't know to what extent, if any, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles or the Diocese of Orange or their agencies may be complicit in the stolen election, but the allegations already voiced should serve as a strong warning to every diocesan bishop in the United States to rein in those clerical and other partisan activists who inhabit their chanceries and other diocesan agencies before any more is done.
Finally, we would urge every one of our readers immediately to write his or her congressman to insist that the House of Representatives authorize a comprehensive, exhaustive, and absolutely objective investigation into the election irregularities that occurred last fall in California's 46th Congressional District. We would be surprised if such a probe would not result in the House ordering a new election.
Might we make one more observation and recommendation to our thousands of loyal and enthusiastic readers. In the past several years, The Wanderer has chronicled and documented instance after instance of Church agencies and individual Catholics in official Church positions promoting, advocating, and supporting activities and ideas inimical to the Church and faithful Catholics. Bishops supporting the homosexualist agenda, the latest scandals involving CHD, the co-opting of an archbishop by radical leftists to repeat the anti-Semitic libel against Fr.Paul Marx, O.S.B., and now the stolen election are but the most recent examples.
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