Liberal billionaire globalist George Soros shelled out $650,000 to influence the priorities of the Catholic Church during Pope Francis’ visit to the USA in September 2015, according to leaked documents by WikiLeaks.
The report on the plan by Soros’ Open Society Foundation is a document titled “Review of 2015 U.S. Opportunities Fund” dated February 9, 2016. It boasts that Soros designated the “Opportunities Fund” to give OSF the “capacity to respond to unexpected events as they unfold.”
One such opportunity unfolded with the Pope’s visit to the United States in September 2015. Soros’ group tapped two “faith-based” organizations in the U.S. to promote their agenda – giving them a total of $650,000 in grants to “mobilize their tens of thousands of members in local chapters in 11 states to build toward a set of concrete policy reforms to be advanced in 2016.” The money also went to influence major media outlets. The report states the money provided resources for the following:
- Form partnerships with the AFL, SEIU, and 11 faith groups during the Pope’s visit to mobilize 10,000 people to public action, and train 3,500 others as messengers of Pope Francis’ economic and racial justice agenda.
- Coordination of local PICO chapters to push for a range of state and local policy changes related to economic and racial justice.
- Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support for economic and racial justice messages in order to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with the Pope.
- Development of an advanced media campaign featuring FPA’s Catholic Director as a leading commentator in high-profile outlets, such as USA Today, Newsweek, CNN, NBC, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the Guardian.
The report states that the impact was even greater than they anticipated – and that the effects were seen in the “broad range of religious leaders hitting pointedly back at presidential candidates for their use of fearmongering.”
The report states Soros’ group was also pleased with the effect of the media campaign, as they were able to “react and counter the anti-gay rhetoric following the Kim Davis story (the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for defying a federal court order to issue marriage license to gay couples whom the Pope visited.)
The report further states that PICO’s local chapters “are capitalizing on the momentum of the Pope’s visit, as planned, to push for a range of state and local policy reforms” which include campaigns to win driver’s licenses for immigrants.
It touts the success of being able to “shift the priorities of the US Catholic church to focus on issues of injustice and oppression” and says the Pope has invited PICO to help plan a conference to partner with social movements and organizations.
The report acknowledges resistance within the church: “Resistance to this inside the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been stark, and grantees are engaged in a live fight with a faction of the church that seeks to curb the Pope’s influence on social justice issues.”
Lifesite News reported that Attorney Elizabeth Yore “traveled to the Vatican in April 2015 to urge Pope Francis to re-examine his reliance on UN population control proponents who promote climate change.” Yore said, “Catholics serve as a huge and influential voting block in the U.S. election,” and Soros is “using the head of the Catholic Church to influence this key voting block,” with the “bully pulpit of the papacy” to ensure Hilary Clinton’s election.
Lifesite News also reported on a leaked document from a May report where their agenda is to shift priority of the Catholic church from moral issues to social, economic and environmental issues.
The grant specifically targeted the ‘pro-family’ agenda, redirecting it from defending marriage to being concerned with income equality. “FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being ‘pro-family’ requires addressing growing inequality,” says the May report.
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