Catholicism's new cold war: the church militant lurches rightward.
By the time of his second visit in 1987, U.S. Catholics began to realize that their pontiff was less concerned with episcopal collegiality--a tradition which sees consultation and doctrinal inquiry as shared among the pope and body of bishops, which was reinforced by Vatican II--than with the assertion of his own authority. Widely respected prelates like Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen of Seattle, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago, and Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee found themselves at loggerheads with the pope and his conservative supporters in the United States, who were bent upon what reactionary papal loyalists call the "Roman Restoration."
Several priests and bishops, including Hunthausen, became targets of critical and often vicious letter-writing campaigns, led by disaffected right-wing Catholics who voiced "concerns" about perceived leniencies on issues relating to sexuality, the sacraments, and the role of women in the church. Right-wing Catholic newsweeklies like The Wanderer continually vilified church leaders with whom they disagreed and sought to enlist Rome in a veritable holy war against perceived unorthodoxies among the shepherds of the faithful.
Throughout the 1980s, the U.S. bishops had very publicly pronounced positions on social issues ranging from the threat of nuclear war to homelessness and the rapaciousness of free-market capitalism. These did not sit well with Rome or Washington, and the Curia zealously sought the silence of any cleric deemed to be too "political," a code word for progressive. It was encouraged in this effort by Catholic reactionaries in the United States who have helped build a movement, a culture, and a new and receptive audience for the deeply conservative message of a deeply conservative pope. Throughout the 1980s, powerful and often wealthy Catholic rightists like J. Peter Grace, Thomas Monaghan, William Simon, and Michael Novak openly challenged the bishops and sought to align themselves with a papacy seemingly sympathetic to their own pro-capitalist, Cold War view of the world. Bishops be damned, they thought; we've got the pope.
When John Paul II returns to the United States in August 1993, he will be greeted by a stadium full of younger Americans reared on a steady diet of such Cold War Catholicism. And with the old Cold War officially over, the Catholic church has embarked on a new one--a struggle against the progressive tendencies within the American church and against the very project of modernity itself. This is, in fact, the most intensive campaign against modernism, secularism, and liberalization launched by the church hierarchy since the papacies of Leo XIII and Pius X at the turn of the last century. Under the present pope, the 1990s are looking more and more like the 1890s--not so much "back to the future" as "ahead to the past."
This pope has also packed the College of Cardinals with ideological soulmates--theological, political, and social conservatives more than happy to toe the Vatican line. And he has made many bishops, elevating only those deemed pontifically correct. They, in turn, have transformed their respective diocesan newspapers into organs of official policy, often sacking editors with whom they disagreed.
According to one tally reported in the May 19, 1993, New York Times, 22 editors left the country's 155 diocesan papers in 1992. In some of the larger cities (like Dallas, Hartford, San Diego, and Cincinnati), these resignations were due to outright disagreements between liberal-to-moderate editors and conservative bishops who now demand better public relations in place of fair and balanced reporting. Catholic editors and writers have banded together to form an organization known as Catholics for a Free Press, devoted to keeping diocesan weeklies and monthlies from becoming mere house organs for right-wing prelates.
Open debate is now rarely, if ever, tolerated, and liberal-to-moderate Catholics--priests and laity alike--find themselves increasingly alienated from the small neotraditionalist core. The result, as we shall see, has been an "official" American Catholicism all too willing to join forces with the evangelical Protestant right --folks like Pat Robert, son and his Christian Coalition.
Catholic seminaries have also become more conservative as Rome stresses a "return" to the fundamentals of the faith. In many areas, hardline Thomists have won the day, ejecting texts written by the visionaries of Vatican II, among them the late German philosopher and theologian Karl Rahner.
And given the ever-increasing shortage of priests in the United States, the Vatican now regards North America as something akin to a missionary region. Younger priests from Eastern Europe (particularly the pope's own Poland) have been called to serve in parishes throughout the United States, along with Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans trained in doctrinally conservative seminaries in their home nations.
Papal loyalists--conservatives all--have also taken to the airwaves. Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network broadcasts a wide range of programs with a narrow theological and political bent, complete with on-air adult classes on ultra-traditional figures, topics, and themes. (Needless to say, Satan receives prominent mention in all of these proceedings.)
Mornings, viewers can join retired right-wing prelate and loyal contra supporter Archbishop Hanaan for his talks on various subjects. In the evenings, EWTN offers lectures on Thomism, natural law, and Catholic apologetics, as well as "Franciscan University Focus," a weekly program from the ultraconservative Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. To watch EWTN, one would think that Catholic ecumenism is dead--and it is. Here, triumphalism abounds. Mariological devotion is strongly emphasized, lest any channel-surfing Protestants think that they've found TBN or the Family Channel. Broadcast hours are rife with popular piety, including recitations of the rosary, litanies to Mary, and devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In the world of EWTN, nuns wear habits, priests never appear in "civvies," and brothers and monks appear on-screen only in the identifying garb of their orders. Lay philosophers are men who wear loud ties, have big families, and rail against the evils of modernism while sitting in tatty armchairs. No one on Eternal Word seems to mention social injustice or the plight of the poor, and Mother Angelica is often openly contemptuous of bishops she deems too "liberal" on her regular call-in show.
The theme of social justice once emphasized by the U.S. bishops has given way to something called "respect for life," which confines political participation to such things as opposition to abortion and support for so-called traditional family values. Watching EWTN, one would never know that recent Gallup polls show the majority of American Catholics dissenting from Rome on a wide range of issues, from abortion and birth control to the role of women, gays, and lesbians in the church.
World Youth Day, Catholic Campaign, and the 20/80 Split
World Youth Day '93 is a massive event with over 150,000 registrants. Organizers have reserved every major venue in the city of Denver, including Mile High Stadium, the Colorado Convention Center, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. A papal mass planned for August 15 is expected to attract over 500,000 people and will cost the city millions of dollars.
This pope has made a special point of appealing to the young, especially throughout Europe and Latin America, where teenagers and twenty-somethings pack stadiums for candlelight vigils, rallies, and papal masses. The Vatican now links such papal tours to two multimillion-dollar projects called Evangelization 2000 and Lumen 2000, both designed to "give Jesus a 2000th birthday gift of a world more Christian than not," in the words of project director Father Tom Forrest.
The twin programs are aimed at keeping young Catholics Catholic--and in a manner consistent with the Vatican's vision of a "restored" church, beyond the modernizing taint of Vatican II. Evangelization 2000 and Lumen 2000 serve other functions as well, especially in Latin America, where Protestants have evangelized millions of former Catholics. The projects are meant to counter such inroads--and to keep liberation theologians in line, or conveniently silent. As Humanist columnist Sara Diamond notes in her invaluable 1989 study, Spiritual Warfare, both Evangelization 2000 and Lumen 2000 include plans for an international computer network intended not only to link parish churches in target dioceses but also to monitor the activities and writings of liberationists and supporters of the so-called popular church, especially in the Third World.
Colorado's World Youth Day is best understood in this global context and in light of these Vatican-sponsored projects. So while the pope will be reaching out to younger Catholics from a variety of U.S groups and organizations, he will not be meeting with younger representatives from Catholic Organizations for Renewal, an umbrella for some 30 progressive groups from across the country. In fact, the Vatican explicitly rejected a request from COR to meet with the pointed. As COR member Anthony Padovano pointed out in the Rocky Mountain News: "When the American church meets the pope in Denver, it shouldn't be the views of a 20 percent minority of American Catholics whose voices are heard."
This 20 percent minority, which has done so much to change the face of American Catholicism over the past 12 years, is as well-heeled as it is outspoken. Back on May 5, a group calling itself the Catholic Campaign for America held a nation, wide teleconference on the moral decline of the United States. The meeting featured William J. Bennett, former US. Secretary of Education and George Bush's "drug czar," and Mary Ellen Bork, wife of Judge Robert Bork. Other participants included prominent anti-abortion activist Judith A. Brown of the American Life League; Thomas Monaghan of Domino Pizza fame; two former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican, William Wilson and Frank Shakespeare; and Cardinal John O'Connor of New York.
Bennett praised those parents of New York City school-children who battled former Schools Chancellor Joseph Fernandez and the much-hated "Rainbow Curriculum," which sought to educate young people about sexual and ethnic diversity, as well as AIDS. Fernandez was driven out with the help of ethnic Catholics and members of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition, which later provided over half a million school-board voter guides to 1,800 diocesan churches throughout the five boroughs.
Mary Ellen Bork, seconding Bennett, argued that Catholics who became involved in political affairs were not violating the separation of church and state. "Believers are citizens, too," she told her listeners. "In fact, we see the life of virtue, the spiritual life of all religions, as a very definite asset to the state "
Bork spoke out against "special-interest groups"--gays and lesbians, feminists, and supporters of choice--and observed that the CCA was standing for moral authority against the opponents of virtue and natural law. Her closing remarks were equally unequivocal: "We want to state clearly that there are moral absolutes that are rooted in natural law." And Thomas V. Wykes, Jr., the executive director of the Catholic Campaign for America, noted that Catholics "are the nation's largest denomination, 58 million strong, and we are long overdue in terms of organizing and mobilizing those numbers." Of course, both Bork and Wykes failed to mention the significant dissent within the ranks.
If CCA's public statements often skirt the issue of church-state separation, its in-house publications are even less circumspect. In the winter 1992 issue of Update, Rocco Martino, a Philadelphia attorney and CCA activist, referred to church-state separation as a "false premise" and called for a restoration of the "true meaning of the Constitution."
This seemed to be the sentiment behind the "Vote Your Values" campaign, a series of 30-second commercials funded last November by CCA to the tune of $50,000. Writing in the April 1993 issue of Church and State, Joseph L. Conn pointed out that the election-eve spots, pitched to ethnic Catholic voters, ran in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Chicago. No candidate endorsements were included because none were necessary; the values espoused were clearly those of the Republican Party and included references to school vouchers, legal protection for the unborn, and the need for a "wholesome moral environment."
Old Right, New Right, Catholic Right
Groups like the Catholic Campaign for America are nothing new. Many leaders of the American right are and have been Catholics, including William F. Buckley, Jr., Phyllis Schlafly, Pat Buchanan, and Paul Weyrich.
Weyrich is a particularly important figure in the Catholic-New Right axis, linking powerful figures and public-policy institutions in Washington to both Protestant and Catholic conservatives. He is often credited with both bringing Jerry Falwell to the national stage and adding a new term to our political lexicon--Moral Majority. In 1973, Weyrich and Joseph Coors of the Coors brewing family cofounded the Heritage Foundation, one of the most influential right-wing think tanks in the world. Weyrich is also a regularly featured speaker at events and meetings sponsored by the Christian Coalition.
A lesser-known but equally important Weyrich enterprise is the Free Congress Foundation, the tax-exempt research and education arm of the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress. Both Heritage and the FCF have close and cordial (and ongoing) relations with members of the militant anti-choice underground, among them Randall Terry of Operation Rescue. In fact, Weyrich is often credited with helping to launch the anti-abortion movement; in the 1970s, he helped Paul and Judy Brown organize the American Life Lobby, one of the earliest of the "pro-life" activist groups.
The Free Congress Foundation also supports the Center for Catholic Policy, previously known as the Catholic Center. According to the Wall Street Journal, Weyrich founded the group to make the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops "squeal and scream in anguisw" for issuing "The Challenge of Peace," the pastoral letter on nuclear war, and also to force otherwise recalcitrant bishops to toe the Reagan, era line in Central America.
Weyrich organized a series of seminars in the early 1980s designed to teach conservative Catholics how to pressure progressive bishops on issues relating to war and peace, opposition to U.S. policy in Latin America, and support for the sanctuary movement. With the help of Cuban exile priest Enrique Rueda, an outspoken critic of liberation theology and a regular broadcaster on Radio Marti, Weyrich used the mailing list from the Wanderer and funds from Joseph Coors to create "truth squads" in cities with progressive bishops.
Seattle's Raymond Hunthausen was the first to feel the scorpion's sting. Petitions were circulated, letters were written, and Wanderer editorials regularly castigated Hunthausen for his alleged pro-communism. Rome responded quickly and eagerly to this campaign of vilification cooked up in Washington; in short order, Hunthausen was silenced and publicly humiliated.
Weyrich has also been accused of quietly supporting a Brazilian-based group, Tradition, Family, and Property. Neofascist in orientation, TFP blends monarchism, mysticism, and zealous devotion to the group's founder, Plinio Correa de Oliveira, with a rigid anti-communism and extreme anti-modernism. TFP was founded with the aid of land-owning bishops opposed to Brazil's agrarian reforms in the 1960s, and its members figure prominently in the Brazilian government and military. In other Latin American countries, TFP has been suspected of supporting political violence; in fact, Venezuela's government has outlawed the group. Even other Catholic rightist organizations regard TFP as cultlike.
In the early 1980s, Weyrich helped TFP organize a Washington press conference where U.S. and Brazilian representatives denounced land reform and attacked liberation theology as a form of banditry. In turn, TFP's American branch, the Foundation for a Christian Civilization, honored Weyrich at a banquet held at its elegant estate, Our Lady of Good Success, in Bedford, New York.
Later, at least according to Charles M. Wilson of the Saint Joseph Foundation of San Antonio, Texas, Weyrich forced the inclusion of TFP members in various "orthodox" Catholic roundtables and institutes, among them the Carroll Group and the Siena Group for Public Policy. In a letter written to Fidelity magazine and published in its September 1989 issue, Wilson claimed that Weyrich had pulled a "railroad job" in getting TFP representatives involved in various projects over and against the sometimes strident objections of other organizations.
Fidelity, the monthly organ of the highly conservative Ultra-montanists, criticized Tradition, Family, and Property in its May 1989 issue. Writer Thomas Case noted that, in the mid-1970s, TFP had been repeatedly accused by the Brazilian authorities of "inducement to flight, reckless transfer, and concealment of minors"--and this despite TFP's own slavish devotion to the military regime.
Young men were alleged to have been deceitfully recruited by TFP, to be trained in their academies as "warrior monks" for the cause. According to the Brazilian government, TFP sought to obtain legal guardianship over the minor children of parents dedicated to TFP and then turned their sons against both them and the mainstream church, regarded by TFP loyalists as an institutional fraud.
TFP is so outlandish in its views that it regards the current papacy as "apostate" and only one generation removed from the biblical end of time. Even so, several of Weyrich's closest associates, among them Connaught ("Connie") Marshner, resigned from the board of Fidelity in anger over the magazine's expose on TFP and its American affiliate.
These, then, are Weyrich's associates on the fringes of Catholic anti-modernism. Indeed, Weyrich himself is so far removed from the Catholic mainstream that he fled to an ultratraditionalist Byzantine Rite church, still technically within the pale of Rome's jurisdiction. He continues to work closely with the evangelical Protestant right in this country, providing logistical support for ventures like the Christian Coalition.
Charismatics Lurch Rightward
Back in the 1960s, the Catholic "charismatic renewal" movement sought to invigorate the post-Vatican II church with practices once peculiar to pentecostals and "holy rollers "Formerly staid and steady mass-goers gathered in Bible-based prayer groups to experience miraculous healings and glossolalia (speaking in tongues). Such "gifts of the spirit" were seen as signs of renewal by Catholic charismatics.
But according to journalist Russ Bellant, some charismatic leaders took an authoritarian and ultimately right-wing turn along the way. In 1967, two lay Catholic ministers at Michigan State University organized Word of God, a charismatic fellowship. Steve Clark and Ralph Martin had been conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War, and the group initially reflected their own commitments to egalitarian, unstructured, and democratic governance.
By 1970, though, Word of God had become more formalized, complete with adult rites of initiation and hierarchical leadership, according to Bellant. With time, Martin and Clark created an authoritarian, charismatic "covenant Christian community"--a virtual church within a church--which sought to direct the personal lives of its members through a process called shepherding. (Interestingly, Martin and Clark's tactics were picked up by an evangelical Protestant ministry, Christian Growth Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the early 1970s. It was the first pentecostal organization to embrace the shepherding/discipling model, which is extremely popular--and controversial--in evangelical circles today.)
Martin and Clark's organization grew in size with the rising fortunes of the charismatic renewal movement. By 1983, Word of God had created Sword of the Spirit, dedicated to spreading the charismatic message nationally and internationally. Commit, ted to evangelism, deliverance ministry, and "spiritual warfare," Sword of the Spirit has its institutional home at the arch-conservative Franciscan University of Steubenville. The university, which regularly sends busloads of students to participate in abortion-clinic blockades throughout the Ohio Valley, is dominated by members of Word of God. Its leading patron is pizza baron Thomas Monaghan, who also sits on the university's board of directors. Monaghan prefers the narrow vision of the church espoused by the Steubenville faculty, as opposed to the academic and pastoral work going on at other Catholic centers of higher learning--so much so that he once compared the University of Notre Dame with the "work of the devil."
Monaghan has long used his vast financial resources to fund conservative (especially conservative Catholic) causes. During the Reagan years, he was an outspoken supporter of the Nicaraguan contras and was also heavily invested in Honduras. In 1987, he founded Legatus, an organization of like-minded Catholic corporate CEOs, which opened its first chapter in Honduras. Legatus meetings and retreats have featured such Catholic New Fight and Old Right luminaries as Phyllis Schlafly, Paul Weyrich, Michael Novak, and Mother Angelica of EWTN.
Catholic Neoconservatives and Crisis
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Michael Novak was a left-leaning Catholic social critic who had left the seminary just prior to ordination and became a political nomad, spending time in Mexico with philosopher Ivan Illich and joining the war re-sisters in Paris. During this period, Novak wrote two ground-breaking books: The Open Church, a positive appraisal of post-Vatican II Catholicism written in 1964; and Ascent of the Mountain, Flight of the Dove, a meditation on spirituality and the academic discipline of religious studies.
But like so many other Cold War Democrats, Novak could smell the tide coming in. By the early 1980s, he had left his chair in religious studies at Syracuse University to become a scholar-in-residence at the American Enterprise institute. AEI published a brief monograph by Novak entitled Toward a Theology of the Corporation, the first in a series of encomiums on what Novak called democratic capitalism. By this phrase, Novak (already a committed Reaganaut) meant unrestrained, supply-side multinationalism--or, in the words of the New Republic's Leon Weiseltier, capitalism most cruelly constructed"
In subsequent treatises, Novak took the U.S. bishops to task for their pastoral letter, Economic Justice for All, which was a powerful critique of unbridled capitalism. And despite similar criticism of the so-called free market by the pope himself, Novak slyly (though incorrectly) argued that John Paul II wasn't really talking about American capitalism but, rather, certain unidentified "aberrations" of capitalism in Europe.
Novak currently serves as editor-in-chief of Crisis, which bills itself as a journal of "lay Catholic opinion." But not just any lay Catholics, mind you. The Crisis masthead reads like a who's who of the Catholic right and features several prominent members of the powerful and wealthy Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta, among them Lewis Lehrman, Alexander Haig, J. Peter Grace, Bowie Kuhn, and William Simon. Other members include wannabe pundit Dinesh D'Souza and the ubiquitous Paul Weyrich.
Novak has quite clearly abandoned the ecclesiological vision of his earlier work, The Open Church. In the March 1993 issue of Crisis, immediately following a lengthy anti-abortion polemic, Novak writes of Vatican II: "It now seems clear that the Vatican II catch-phrase, |the people of God: is subject to many radically different interpretations. Such a phrase can suggest, and often has suggested, something quite pagan"
Here Novak is not merely offering his own brass-bound assessment of the fundamental documents of Vatican II, especially "The Church in the Modern World"; he is also taking a swipe at one of his most ardent and intelligent critics--the late Catholic journalist Penny Lernoux, author of The People of God. Unlike Lernoux, Novak pines for a restored clerical class that looks and acts less like the corporate body of Christ and more like a Fortune 500 company.
But Novak is more than a mere lover of reactionary ideas and florid prose. He is also a long-time activist who served the Reagan administration well in its war against human rights. In 1981, Jeane Kirkpatrick was asked to name a delegate to the U.N. Human Rights Commission session in Geneva. She named Novak--a friend and American Enterprise Institute colleague--to the post.
As the US. delegate, Novak found himself facing a dilemma. Argentina's "dirty war" was still raging, and the junta was continuing its campaign of disappearance and political murder aimed at those deemed "enemies of the state" When called upon to address Argentina's barbaric human-rights record and the murder of tens of thousands of its own people, Novak rose to the occasion in fine Reagan-era doublespeak:
We recognize in Argentina one of the world's advanced civilizations, a religious culture, a proud institutional tradition.... We understand the full context of the "disappearances" of 1976-1977. Argentina was experiencing guerilla warfare; daily acts of terror, murder, and bombings which in certain weeks claimed hundreds of lives .... Whoever condemns disappearances without condemning this terror attempts to clap with one hand.
Novak praised Argentina as a "freer nation' and pointed out to his by-now-stunned listeners that "the very freedoms of Argentina result in its being held to a standard which societies with lesser liberties escape." He also reiterated Jeane Kirkpatrick's sham distinction between authoritarian and totalitarian governments and smeared the dirty war's critics as terrorist sympathizers, even though--as lain Guest notes in his masterful study Behind the Disappearances--the claims of a great "terror war" repulsed by the Argentine military were little more than contrived apologia for repression and state terror. And although Novak was fully and consciously complicit in the U.S. campaign to silence critics of Argentina's absymal human-rights record, he continued to attack liberation theology, basic Christian communities, and the church of the poor as heresies, while supporting the military violence of allies allegedly struggling toward "democratic capitalism."
Interestingly, Novak is regarded with some suspicion by those to his (admittedly immediate) right in the church. Fidelity magazine often skewers Novak for his perceived unorthodoxy in his attempts to meld free-market capitalism with Catholicism. The more medievally inclined among the Roman Restorationists view Novak's warm feelings for technocracy, innovation, and trickle-down as still too modern and too materialistic for proponents of the "true church," who long instead for the days of feudal rule, papal largesse, and a society of trade and craft guilds. In short, Catholic fascism.
Rightward Christian Soldiers
Like the evangelical right, the Catholic right in America is divided and heavily factionalized. The Ultramontanists dismiss the TFPers as cultists, while both regard the wealthier, new-money Catholic neoconservatives like Michael Novak with distrust. Still, they are often willing to put down their gloves when matters of action are discussed. The anti-choice movement has proven to be an important meeting ground for some very divergent viewpoints among Catholic rightists.
As the Catholic right continues to mobilize, it is reaching out with increasing frequency to the evangelical Protestant and Jewish right, forging alliances around local and regional projects aimed at altering public-school curricula, or supporting "pro-family" slates for school-board elections. Robertson's "700 Club" frequently airs chats with ultraconservative Catholic clerics who share the Christian Coalition's views. And with the help of strategists like Paul Weyrich, Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish rightists are forging a new social ecumenism based upon a shared vision of reaction. It's the social gospel turned inside out.
One wonders, though, how the vast majority of moderate, to-liberal Catholics will finally respond to the Roman Restoration. Many have already responded with their feet, leaving behind increasingly conservative parishes in the northeast, south, and midwest. Some have sought to build their own church-within-a-church, modeled after the basic Christian communities of Latin America, complete with floating, at-home liturgies, Bible study, and sex-inclusive worship. Such communities are often dedicated to social justice and the plight of the poor and disenfranchised, or, as in the case of the followers of eco-theologian Matthew Fox, concern for the earth. Still others have broken completely with Rome, as in the case of the Reverend James Stallings, founder of the African-American Catholic Congregation.
As the American Catholic church continues to be reshaped by pressure from a small but powerful "papalist" minority, how will it look as it enters the next century? Will it have become a full-scale force for social reaction, as in the case of the Southern Baptist Convention? Or will it have lost so many members that it will retreat into a cultural cocoon, looking very much like the dull, gray church of the 1950s gleefully (and wrongly) remembered by restorationists? Only time, and the Curia, will tell.
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