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More Anti-Catholic Emails From Team Clinton

- October 19, 2016

John Podesta Lends Support For A “Catholic Spring” To Overthrow The Church’s “Middle Ages Dictatorship”

On February 10th 2012 Sandy Newman Emailed John Podesta Asserting That The Leadership Of The Catholic Church WasA Middle Ages Dictatorship.” “This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even though 98% of Catholic women (and their conjugal partners) have used contraception has me thinking . . . There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church. Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could happen. The Bishops will undoubtedly continue the fight. Does the Catholic Hospital Association support of the Administration's new policy, together with ‘the 98%’ create an opportunity?”  (Sandy Newman Email To John Podesta, “Re: Opening For A Catholic Spring? Just Musing,” John Podesta Wikileaks, 2/10/12)

  • Newman Asserted That She Wanted To “Plant The Seeds Of The Revolution” In The Catholic Church. “Of course, this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance, etc. Even if the idea isn't crazy, I don't qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about  how one would ‘plant the seeds of the revolution,’ or who would plant them.  Just wondering . . .” (Sandy Newman Email To John Podesta, “Re: Opening For A Catholic Spring? Just Musing,” John Podesta Wikileaks, 2/10/12)
  • Newman Compared Her Goal Within The Catholic Church To What Was Occurring In The Arab Spring And Called The Proposed Movement A “Catholic Spring” Which Would Be Fought For Gender Equality In The Church. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.” (Sandy Newman Email To John Podesta, “Re: Opening For A Catholic Spring? Just Musing,” John Podesta Wikileaks, 2/10/12)

Podesta Replied February 11th 2012 That “We Created Catholics In Alliance For The Common Good” And Catholics United For “A Moment Like This.” “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up. I'll discuss with Tara. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the other person to consult.” (John Podesta Email To Sandy Newman, “Re: Opening For A Catholic Spring? Just Musing,” John Podesta Wikileaks, 2/11/12)


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