[Ongoing Updates] Clinton Campaign Anti-Catholic WikiLeaks Scandal


Wikileaks has released thousands of emails from John Podesta this week. Stay tuned to this blog post for continuing updates of this developing story. The newest updates are at the top. To read the series of events in chronological order, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Several emails have demonstrated a climate of anti-Catholicism and anti-Evangelical Christianity from senior members of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

CatholicVote.org has called for the resignation or dismissal of all Clinton staffers who made disparaging remarks about Catholics, or admitted to using religion to undermine the Catholic Church.

11:03 AM – Oct 27

Trump tells EWTN in interview that Clinton should apologize

Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Raymond Arroyo of EWTN. Trump criticized Hillary Clinton for having high-level staff members who mocked Catholics and evangelicals. “She should apologize. I think she has to do more than apologize. You know, that’s her thinking. That’s her staff.”

Click here to watch the video. 

10:28 AM – Oct 26

Members of Clinton’s campaign panic when President Obama falsely told the public he had not known about then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail until he heard about it “through news reports.” Obama and Clinton exchanged at least 18 e-mails through Clinton’s private account.

Read the email transcript here.

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9:25 AM – Oct 19

Cardinal Timothy Dolan demands an apology from Hillary Clinton for anti-Catholic remarks.

The archbishop of New York said Hillary Clinton needs to ‘distance herself’ from campaign staffers who made remarks which he said were “extraordinarily patronizing and insulting to Catholics.” He added: “If it had been said about the Jewish community, the Islamic community, within 10 minutes there would have been an apology and a complete distancing from those remarks, which hasn’t happened yet.”

Watch the video of his remarks.

9:19 AM – Oct 19

Pro-abortion Catholic Katie McGinty admits radical pro-abortion group EMILY’s list begged her to run for U.S. Senate.

According to a leaked WikiLeaks email from Katie McGinty to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, EMILY’s list thought Catholic McGinty would be an asset in the Senate. She is now running in a highly-contested race against pro-life Catholic Pat Toomey for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat.

Read the email transcript. 

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8:22 AM – Oct 19

More pandering to Catholics: WikiLeaks releases emails from Clinton’s Press Director, suggests Hillary skip “abortion stuff” at Catholic lunch event but “will do as a tweet” instead.

Read the email transcript.

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8:55 AM – Oct 18

President of Voices for Progress muses to Clinton campaign chairman that “Occupy Wall St” type protests at Catholic Church might spark revolution.

Doubling down on previous emails to John Podesta, Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress muses on how to create a “Catholic Spring” revolution within the Church. He suggests staging protests “a la Occupy” at Catholic Churches to foment rebellion for political change.

Read the email transcript

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10:49 AM – Oct 16

Tim Kaine refuses to apologize for Clinton staffers’s anti-Catholic comments, says “no one should have to apologize for their opinion.”

Click here to watch the video. 

3:52 PM – Oct 13

WikiLeaks releases email from former head of Catholics in Alliance for Common Good, thanking Clinton campaign chairman for his support and participation. 

Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta, allegedly helped, supported, and participated in the “movement” of Catholics in Alliance for Common Good. In another email (see below), Podesta admits the group was created to organize for a revolution within the Church. It seems Podesta continued to have a role in the organization.

Read the email transcript.

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9:09 AM – Oct 12

Catholic Spring: WikiLeaks releases email from Clinton campaign chairman, admitting Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good was created to ‘plant seeds of revolution’ within Catholic Church

In 2012, Sandy Newman, President of Voices for Progress sent an email to John Podesta, Clinton Campaign Chairman, “musing” on the possibility of “planting the seeds of a revolution” within the Catholic Church. Newman cites the widespread use of contraception by Catholics and the need for a “Catholic Spring” rebellion against Church hierarchy.

In reply, Campaign Chairman John Podesta admits Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good  was created “to organize for a moment like this.” He then comments that the movement needs to be conducted from the bottom up, and that he would follow up with others about the idea.

Read the email transcript.

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Other news stories on the “Catholic Spring” leak:

America Magazine 

9:00 AM – Oct 12

CatholicVote.org urges members to call campaign office to demand resignation

CV opened an early morning email to subscribers with: “Two words Hillary Clinton should use at her morning staff meeting: “‘You’re fired!’” The email, blasted out to almost half a million Catholic Americans, asked members to call the Hillary campaign’s Brooklyn office and demand the resignation of Campaign Spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri.

Click here to read CV’s email blast.


12:01 AM – Oct 12

CatholicVote.org calls on Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri to resign

In the early hours following the WikiLeaks reveal, CatholicVote.org released a statement calling for the immediate resignation or dismissal of Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri for her participation in this anti-Catholic conversation. Not only did Palmieri fail to push back on Halpin’s anti-Catholic comments, she even suggested that these conversions to Catholicism were not authentic, but motivated by social pressure because “their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

In a press release on Wednesday morning, CV President Brian Burch said, “Everyone has a unique faith journey, and it’s just insulting to make blanket statements maligning people’s motives for converting to another faith tradition. Had Palmieri spoken this way about other groups she would dismissed. Palmieri must resign immediately or be fired.”

Read CV’s press release here.

Other media stories on CV’s call for top Clinton aide’s resignation:

Washington Times

The Hill



FOX News


5:00 PM – Oct. 11

WikiLeaks releases email between Hillary’s campaign staff and allies mocking Catholics

An email chain entitled “Conservative Catholicism” between high-level staffers and allies of the Clinton campaign were released yesterday by Wikileaks. In the emails, John Halpin, a staffer at Clinton allied Center for American Progress, mocks News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and WSJ’s Robert Thompson for raising their kids Catholic.

Halpin remarks that many powerful conservatives are Catholics who “must be attracted to the systemic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”

Clinton campaign spokeswoman replied in agreement, calling Catholicism “the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelical.”

Read the full email transcript here.

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  1. Catholic’s MUST go out in large numbers and VOTE for Donald J Trump!

    If there was any doubt about Clinton…. these Wikileaks emails should END all Doubts!

    NO Catholic should cast a vote for Clinton… If you do, you should leave the Catholic Church permanently! Because you don’t know anything about the Catholic Faith!

      • Hey Greg, you dont need to vote FOR Trump to send HIllary a message. You could vote for either the Green or Libertarian candidate! I would encourage you to do this if you cant stomach Trump.

        HIllary has proven (by her own admission in the Goldman Sachs transcripts) to be two faced in her political positions; scornful of a substantial minority (if not majority!) of the American voters; and a pathological liar. And no one has ever gotten to the bottom of exactly how their net worth went from $0 to $250 million…..

        You DO NOT need to vote for crooked HIllary; go third party!

      • 2020 WILL BE TOO LATE GREG! Voting for Hilliary is voting for EVIL: abortion at any stage of pregnancy, same-sex marriage, euthanasia (bye bye grandma!!!); men using girls bathrooms and locker rooms!!! You can’t be truly Christian and not know these things. If Jesus were voting, do you think He would vote for someone who supported these evil things? PLEASE WAKE UP AND THINK!

      • You know nothing about Economics and how to create a viable economy… If you want your children to have multiple jobs to select from when they get out of college, you for Trump!

        If you want your college educated children to have no job choices when they get out of college… you vote for Clinton and be prepared hear your children say this for the rest of their lives… would you like Fries with that? or Can I help You?

      • Greg: The last time you voted was it a real candidate? There is no perfect candidate. The supreme court will be with us much longer than any of these presidencies. Our liberty and freedom is only 1 generation away from losing it. Ronald Reagan

    • What kind of catholic are you, are you even a Christian for that matter. Supportin a man that has cheated others, treated and assaulted women. By the way hacking into someone’s emails is a crime, maybe not for the type of religion that you practice

  2. It’s awful! I’d like to sit down with these folks and explain to them the diversity, complexity and beauty of our Church. However, Hillary is going to win ad come the 2020 election season nobody will care about this, Bill’s philadering, e-mails, Bengazi etc. The only issues will be her record in the White House. CV should eschew the wingnuts (Hillary is an alien form Saturn) and work to put forth a viable Republican candidate. Changing the rules on the numbers in the debate will help as will replacing Rince Pribus. The rest is commentary.

    • Greg: We did have several more viable candidates but the primary left the best man second. We do have an Civic obligation to try to put the best, better of the 2 in place. We should choose the one that do less harm. TMILL

  3. Still waiting for Catholic Vote to ask Clinton to withdraw. That’s never going to happen. Just curious. Is Catholic Vote another Democrat created front group created to undermine Church teaching?

  4. We must vote for the lesser of two evils. My vote will be for the candidate who will appoint conservative Supreme Court Justices. Trump will do just that. In other matters, he will have enough advisors surrounding him to help him make good decisions for our country. Four years – it can’t be any worse than the last four years!

    • I can never vote for trump and For the First time in my 60+ yrs of Life I Will NOT Vote,as a Viet Nam vet l don’t even know what Country this is……. GOD Help America it’s gone INSANE


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