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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Other news stories on the “Catholic Spring” leak:
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.
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.”
Other media stories on CV’s call for top Clinton aide’s resignation:
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.”