Welcome to our website on Catholic Social Doctrine and Alinskyian Community Organizing.  The purpose of this website is to fight the encroachment of the Industrial Areas Foundation (in the form of VOICE, formerly the Oklahoma Sponsoring Committee) into the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and throughout the United States and the World.  We believe their goals (and those of all Alinskyian community organizers) are antithetical to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and that their actions will in the long run harm the very people that the IAF purports to help. 


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"It is the duty of pastors to listen carefully and with an open heart to laymen and repeatedly to engage in a living dialogue with them. For each and every layman has been given his own gifts and charisms, and more often than not has greater experience than the clergy in daily life in the world."  Leon-Joseph Cardinal Suenens, Belgen Prelate, Vatican 2 Council.


Key Information

If you are just finding out about Alinskyian Community Organizing then you might want to start here.  These few documents and  the video below are a pretty good primer.


Oklahoma City Community Organizing Efforts Justification

This letter was written by one of the individuals who initially brought the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) into Oklahoma.  It addresses many issues and builds a case of support for community organizing.   It was intended to address the concerns of the parishioners about the IAF. 

 Rebuttal Letter on IAF

Our response to the above letter in which we addressed each claim on a point by point basis.  As will be obvious from reading our letter, their letter did nothing to address our concerns, rather, it inflamed them and stiffened our resolve to stop the IAF.  No rebuttal of any of the points we made in this letter was ever received.


IAF Project

EL PROYECTO IAF

IAF PROJECT in Vietnamese

This handout was prepared as part of the struggle to remove the IAF/OSC from our parish.  Also available are Spanish and Vietnamese versions.


Why We Are Against the IAF in 100 Words or Less

The video of Stephanie Block's presentation about Alinskyian Community Organizing is available on YouTube!  

Stephanie Block Presentation on Alinskyian Community Organizing

She spoke at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on Saturday, October 10, 2009.  Still valid today, it's some of the best information we have seen on the subject.  A DVD is available upon request.


"It may well require that we put away half-measures. We cannot hope to renew society if society cannot detect a difference in the way Catholics marry, raise their families, conduct their businesses or serve in government. In other words, we can never hope to renew society unless we ourselves are committed to renewal in our own lives. And we can never hope to renew society as long as we find ways to accommodate social values that are fundamentally opposed to the values of the Gospel."

 Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus



In a nutshell, Community Organizing is a method for people to join together to gain power for the attainment of mutual goals in their neighborhood, city, etc. This sounds like a wonderful idea. Unfortunately, most community organizers hold to a "progressive" political ideology that is considerably "left of center", and have brought their politics into the church.

We believe that the American leaders of the Catholic Church (bishops, cardinals, and priests) have been assaulted (and in some cases co-opted) by politicians and secularists, and have compromised on many issues that have negatively affected our Church and our Country. When Catholic institutions, or politicians who claim to be Catholic, openly embrace positions contrary to the Church's teachings millions are left confused as to what the truth is. The Catholic Church must hold to the Truth. The Truth must be found and told. We will strive to attain the Truth to our dying breath. We will be supportive of our Church and Her hierarchy, and we will pray for Her, for God's guidance to those on both sides of this issue, and for our country. Please join us in prayer and in taking a stand on this issue.


We believe it is not only our right to bring up our concerns, but also our duty per the Code of Canon Law.

Can. 212 "1. Conscious of their own responsibility, the Christian faithful are bound to follow with Christian obedience those things which the sacred pastors, inasmuch as they represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith or establish as rulers of the Church.

"2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

"3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__PU.HTM

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 24 But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all,
25 and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.
                               Jn 2:24-25

"Finally, may priests be careful not to give themselves totally to activism and exterior works of their ministry. By acting with such imprudent behavior, by slowly impoverishing the soul, one is incapable of working for the good of the parish and of the diocese. This also causes grave detriment to the vocations to the priesthood. For how will young men understand the seriousness of the priestly office if they do not see in priests an example of perfection which they may want to imitate? For which priests must remember, in order to give example of perfect behavior, that the most important activities in their mission are: [1] to offer the Sacrifice of the Altar worthily; [2] to announce the word of God; [3] to give the Sacraments; [4] to be near the infirm, particularly the dying; [5] to teach the faith to the ignorant. All the rest that is not pertinent to these activities must be put aside or, at most, tolerated."

Blessed Pope John XXIII

 

"I condemn no other man's conscience: their conscience may save them, and mine must save me. We should remember, in all the controversies in which we engage, to treat our opponents as if they were acting in good faith, even if they seem to us to be acting out of spite or self-interest." Saint John Fisher (1469-1535) Bishop, martyr, Memorial Day June 22

No condeno la conciencia de ning"n hombre: su conciencia puede salvarlo, y la m"a debe salvarme. Debemos recordar, en todas las controversias en que nos encontremos, el tratar a nuestros adversarios como si fueran de buena fe, incluso si nos parecen estar actuando por despecho o por inter"s propio. -

San Juan Fisher (1469-1535) Obispo, m"rtir, D"a de Fiesta: 22 de junio


Love truth; show yourself as you are, without pretenses and fears and without ceremonies. And if the truth causes you persecution accept it, and if it causes some torment, bear it and if for truth"s sake you should sacrifice your self and your life be strong in your sacrifice.

- Saint Joseph Moscati (1880-1927) Feast Day April 12

 

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Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us.


We hope and pray that those on both sides of this issue will pray for each other and, despite high emotions, maintain Christian charity towards each other.  None of us knows what is in the others' hearts.  We believe that the people we know personally at our parish, who are on the other side of the issue from us, are among the best Christians and best human beings we know.  We especially hope and pray that all of us on either side will pray for our priests and the Archbishop, and although we may disagree or be disappointed in their actions or decisions, treat them with love and respect.

We encourage everyone to attend mass often and to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


The Battle Belongs to the Lord

2 The LORD said to Gideon, "You have too many soldiers with you for me to deliver Midian into their power, lest Israel vaunt itself against me and say, "My own power brought me the victory."

3 Now proclaim to all the soldiers, "If anyone is afraid or fearful, let him leave."" When Gideon put them to this test on the mountain, twenty-two thousand of the soldiers left, but ten thousand remained.

4 The LORD said to Gideon, "There are still too many soldiers. Lead them down to the water and I will test them for you there. If I tell you that a certain man is to go with you, he must go with you. But no one is to go if I tell you he must not."

5 When Gideon led the soldiers down to the water, the LORD said to him, "You shall set to one side everyone who laps up the water as a dog does with its tongue; to the other, everyone who kneels down to drink."

6 Those who lapped up the water raised to their mouths by hand numbered three hundred, but all the rest of the soldiers knelt down to drink the water.

7 The LORD said to Gideon, "By means of the three hundred who lapped up the water I will save you and will deliver Midian into your power. So let all the other soldiers go home."

8 Their horns, and such supplies as the soldiers had with them, were taken up, and Gideon ordered the rest of the Israelites to their tents, but kept the three hundred men. Now the camp of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

9 That night the LORD said to Gideon, "Go, descend on the camp, for I have delivered it up to you.

Judges 7:2-9


As Gideon was told by God that he did not need so many soldiers, we will trust in the Lord, not in "power" or numbers.

"The world would have peace if only men of politics would follow the Gospels."

 - Saint Bridget of Sweden (1303 - 1373), Memorial day July 23

El mundo tendr"a paz si los hombres de pol"tica siguieran el Evangelio.

- Santa Br"gida de Suecia (1303 - 1373), D"a conmemorativo: 23 de julio

 

 

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