imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Neo-Catholics and Neo-Cons: An Unholy Alliance (Satire)

by William Hughes Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Betty Clermont’s book is called: “The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America.” She insists that some of the Right Wing Boy-ohs at the Vatican embraced the Neo-Con ideology for the Church. In the U.S., they used the “Family Values” gimmick to sell Reagan/Dubya to the faithful. Meanwhile, they pushed for a Capitalism-Gone-Wild, Daddy-Knows-Best system. A Vatican agent in the U.S. wants to see Clermont’s opus banned!

vatican.jpg, image/jpeg, 633x464

“Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it!” - George Carlin

To: Guardian of the Holy Index of Proscribed Books at the Vatican

From: Your Deep Cover, Ever Faithful Agent in Godless America

You want to know, Your Worshipfulness, how bad things are here, then consider this: The “National Enquirer,” a weekly scandal sheet, is selling out faster than President Barack Obama can break his campaign promises! All you hear about is Tiger Woods and his bimbos. Every day, there’s another expose’. This pleases TV-Talk-Show guru David Letterman and ex-Presidential candidate, John Edwards. Why? Because it pushes their sexual dalliances to a back burner. I’m writing to let you know that there is a disturbing new book out--“The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America.” The author is Betty Clermont.

Clermont’s tome should be banned! Now, I realize you went out of business in 1966 and I’m not asking you to bring back “The Grand Inquisitor.” That would be unwise because of the long memories these Church haters have of our past methods...But, you may need to do something!

The book charges that the Church in the U.S. abandoned its Social Justice agenda and its First Amendment duty to stay out of politics, and instead adopted a “Neo-Con” ideology. Under the guise of championing “Family Values,” the book further claims that, via Right Wing intriguers at the Vatican, it has covertly supported the likes of arch-Free-Market looney, Ronald “The Deregulator” Reagan and that warmonger and congenital doofus--Dubya.

This book may cause some of the faithful here to question their allegiance to the Church and to its Right Wing politics, especially as their unemployment insurance runs out! Think--No more greenbacks in the collection plate! (Unemployment insurance! Isn’t that an idea that came from those cursed Liberals?)

The book alleges that the only “morality” the Church really gives a hoot about is that its flock should bow down to its “authoritarian” power. What a sacrilege! Anyway, Clermont makes a big deal about the fact that our devoted clergy force-feeds American Catholics that abortion is the “greatest moral evil.”

So, your might wonder, what’s the problem? Well, it gets a little complicated. The latest statistics do show other kinds of real “evils,” that are striking directly at many families in the U.S. For example, 37.2 million people here are on food stamps. The jobless rate has climbed to 10 percent. Close to 47 million don’t have any health insurance, and about 22,000 will die each year because of it. One expert is predicting an America, “without a Middle Class.” (1) Detroit, MI, has nearly a “50 percent” unemployment rate. (2) And, then there this one from UNICEF. It reported, on Nov. 21, 2009, that “24,000 children under the age 5 die every day from largely preventable causes.” I fear the Laity, O Wise One, will soon figure all of this out for themselves, especially if they buy up Clermont’s book! If so, all hell could break lose!

The book by Clermont is well-written, scholarly and heavily footnoted. So, it’s not going to be easy to justify banning it. Some are even wondering aloud, if what is happening to America with this financial meltdown and ongoing deindustrialization is all part of a nefarious New World Order plot! And, some are even saying that the Vatican’s Wire Pullers (Holy Bejesus), are involved in it! (3) I know this all sounds nutty, but blame the Internet for these wild conspiracy theories, not me. I’m just your humble agent.

Some Liberal Catholics, (there are a few of them around), are still burning up about how, in 2004, that Archbishop, “Bulldog” Raymond Burke, then out in St. Louis, MO, wanted to ban Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) from receiving Holy Communion because he was Pro-Choice. They want to know why Burke didn’t want to ban rabid warmongers, such as windbags Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, from receiving this Sacrament, too? Also, isn’t the Church suppose to be against the Iraq War? (Well, at least on paper it is for sure.) These are the kinds of issues that are raised in Clermont’s book--more reasons why it should be blocked by you.

Speaking of “Bulldog” Burke, he embarrassed himself again, on March 2, 2009, when he met in Rome, with Randall Terry, the ex-leader of “Operation Rescue.” Burke now has a cushy job inside the Vatican. I’m sure, O Worthy One, that you have seen him from time to time in the Vatican’s cafeteria. According to the “National Catholic Reporter,” Terry was in the “Eternal City” to complain about some U.S. Bishops who allow politicians who “back legalized abortions” to receive Holy Communion. Returning to the U.S., Terry quickly showed the 12 minute videotaped interview at the NPC, in D.C., on March 25, 2009. On it, Burke referred to President Obama as a potential “agent of death” because of his abortion rights position. (4) Who writes Burke’s material? Rush Limbaugh? Can’t the Pope put a muzzle on this motor mouth?

Clermont shows how the Neo-Cons, like the late Leon Strauss, a patron Saint of the Movement, taught that the masses need “to be led” and “pacified” by an elite. The populace, he insisted, require “strong leaders” to tell them what’s good for them. Clermont explains how an Inner Sanctum, (a cabal of reactionaries), at the Vatican, bought into, and, implemented, Strauss’ Neocon ideas. She argues that some of this clique, I doubt if you know any of them, belonged to that shadowy “P2 Masonic” outfit. They also had ties to the now defunct “Banco Ambrosiano,” along with a “global network of anti-communists.”

As you personally know, O Learned One, the Church preaches the virtues of “obedience and humility.” Clermont points out that docility to Church leaders was easy for the Church, with its supposed “authoritarian” style, to translate into docility to seculars ones, such as the GOP’s Reagan and Dubya. She underscores that the Church has a history of supporting “repressive” Right Wing regimes around the globe. Who can deny that? Just look at recent history in Central and South America.

Incidentally, the Tiger Woods’ brouhaha isn’t all that bad. It does help to take the minds of many U.S. Catholics off the shameful pedophile priest and child abuse sexual scandal in this country, (5) and in Ireland, too. It would break your heart, O Sensitive One, to read the report on what went on in Ireland. (6)

Talking about the priest/sexual abuse of children scandal in the U.S., I was wondering how Cardinal Bernard Law, formerly of Boston, is holding up? Clermont took a nasty whack at him in her book. She said that “except for the statute of limitations on child abuse, [Cardinal] Law would have gone to prison for his complicity.” Ouch! Clermont tells her readers that the lucky Law has a sinecure in the Vatican and hauls down ,800 per month. People will start thinking that even James “Whitey” Bulger, formerly a gangster in Boston, and now on the lam from the FBI, could learn a thing to two from Cardinal Law. This is more bad PR for the Church, if you ask me. Maybe, Law should be sacked!

Author Clermont sets aside a whole chapter in her book on the “Sex Abuse Scandal.” She carefully documents the role of many of the U.S. Bishops--Law, too,--in covering up the conduct of deranged priests, such as the infamous Father John J. Geoghan, who, when he finally went to prison was killed by another inmate. She cites the “John Jay Study” that reveals that the youngest age of the victims of the priests/predators was “three years” of age and their average age was “12.6 years.” This is all in Clermont’s book. Now, do you understand why I’m so worried?

In any event, things are getting worse! Some Neo-Catholics are now confessing that they were “conned” by what they are calling “Family Values crap” spewed out for years by their clergy. They claim the real winners in the Church’s “ploy,” (their word, not mine), were the Super-Rich and the greedy Mob on Wall Street. (7) I personally know some of these poor, lapsed Neo-Catholics souls and I pray, nightly, for them to return to the fold.

Bottom line: Clermont’s book is a shout out to the Neo-Catholics to start (triple gasp) thinking for themselves! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s the very last thing the Church in the U.S. can tolerate!

So, do your duty, O Beloved Protector Against Forbidden Writings, at the Vatican: ban Clermont’s book--today! Tomorrow, I fear, it may be too late!


1. “America Without a Middle Class” by Elizabeth Warren and

2. “Detroit News,” Dec. 16, 2009

3. “The Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Story of the Committee of 300” by Dr. John Coleman.



6. and

7. “Capital City,” by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, Jan/Feb, 2010.

©2009,William Hughes. All Rights Reserved.

Editor’s Note: William Hughes’ videos can be found at: His latest book, “Saying ‘No’ to the War Party,” is available on Amazon. Email Contact:

Report this post as:

Local News

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

3 Essential Videos J19 3:53AM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen J18 2:41PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Fbi joins with Facebook to remove this report J18 7:08AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Asian Countries:Cambodia, Vietnam, N. Korea do not permit unlawful immigration J16 8:06PM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Cleanup J13 4:14PM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

Google, World's Biggest Censor, Was Founded By The CIA J09 10:25AM

For a World Free of Nuclear Risks J09 8:29AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy