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Saul Alinsky: Homo Ludens for Urban Democracy

Interesting book review of Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy, by Sanford D. Horwitt, from 1989.

Controversy emerges over organizing OKC group's links to Alinsky philosophy

This an article from Tulsa Today from back in April that we somehow missed. 

Fr. Jacobi's Letter to St. Eugene's Parishioners

This is Fr. Jacobi's letter to the parishioners of St Eugene.  We would point out that Fr. Jacobi's reference to the Archbishop's support of the OSC/IAF

"Archbishop Beltran will have a letter in the September 27th issue of The Sooner Catholic explaining his support for the efforts of OSC and of the local parishes which are involved in OSC."

is not as clear cut as he may have thought.  See the letter we received from the Archbishop clarifying his position: Archbishop Beltran Response Letter 9-28-2009.

FAQ from St. Eugene's Parish on the IAF/OSC

This is a handout of "Frequently Asked Questions" from St. Eugene's parish on the IAF/OSC.

Can One Man Change the World?

Texas Monthly article on Ernesto Cortes and the IAF in Texas. 

This article appeared in the Edmond Sun.  Jo and Tom Morris were interviewed and quoted                   

  Local organizing sparks controversy Edmond Sun 10-9-2009

This article appeared in the  Edmond Sun in relation to Stephanie Block's visit.  

     Community organizers respond to opposition

Catholic Community Network

Catholic Community Network (CCN) has their own website now!  Check it out, it is awesome!

Health-Care Reform and the President's Faithful Helpers

An Op-Ed from the Wall Street Journal by Anne Hendershott that was emailed to me.

First Things April 2002 Richard J. Neuhaus

Interesting article by Fr. Neuhaus.  Contains this insightful quote: "Critics of IAF say it is "divisive" and has the unhappy effect of "politicizing" churches, to which IAF leaders happily plead guilty."

Meeting Summary

This is a summary of the meeting organized by Catholic laity from St. Charles Borromeo to address concerns about the IAF/OSC.  We attended as guests, and counted 58 in attendance. Aug 30 2009.pdf

This is a link to the Sooner Catholic article on the OSC/IAF at St. Monica's parish.  See pages 3 & 6.

IAF and Abortion - Three Articles by Stephanie Block

Bishop Anthony Basil Taylor Justification of Alinskyian Community Organizing

Here is Bishop Taylor's justification of Alinskyian Community Organizing which appeared on Facebook. 

I can assure the Bishop that, based on our personal experience, those on his side of this issue do more than their fair share of demonizing.  We are also surprised to find out that we are not considered by him to be among "those who work to improve the lot of the poor!"  Many hurtful things are said on each side of the issue.  We will pray for him and all those on both sides of this issue. 

Thank you Bishop Taylor by Tom Morris

Letter to Bishop Anthony B Taylor from the O'Neill's

Bishop Taylor's Response to the O'Neills

The O'Neill's Response to Bishop Taylor's Letter



Wolf at the Door.pdf

These three articles were written by Steve Nash who is one of the leaders at St. Charles Borromeo in resisting the incursion of the IAF/OSC.

Social Justice is a Misnomer - Consider Social Mercy Instead

This is an interesting essay on what "social justice" really means.  Thought provoking.

IAF Project


Handout given to Fr. John Metzinger prior to his decision not to continue support for the IAF.  Now with a Spanish version.

Response to Feedback Letter

We received the following question in an email from Matt Krodel.

From: Matt Krodel <matt.krodel@***.***>                                                                     Sent: Wed Sep 9 8:29


Subject: In a hundred words or less...

Hi, I've been through your site, and it has a lot of information. Can you briefly describe what you think the real outcome is going to be once congregations are organized and taking action? Thanks.

Matt Krodel

According to the St. Charles Borromeo bulletin insert, Matt is involved with the OSC efforts at St. Charles and is a 2007 JustFaith graduate.  The above link is our response to his question.  We will keep him in our prayers, and hope that he will do the same for us.

Email of OSC Directors Trustees and Congregations.pdf

I received this in an email.  It gives some information on the Protestant congregations involved with the OSC, as well as the Directors and Trustees.  I am trying to verify its accuracy but we have been unable to get the anyone to confirm or deny this information.

St. Charles Borromeo Bulletin Insert 1

St Charles Borromeo Bulletin Insert 2

St Charles Borromeo Bulletin Insert 3

These are the bulletin inserts from St Charles Borromeo, September 6, 2009.  Please pray for Fr. Seeton, and the parish.

OSC Incorporating Documents

Here are the incorporating Documents for the Oklahoma Sponsoring Committee, Inc.  If you are curious who is on their trustees or directors are, this is the place to find out.

Alinskyian Organizing Linked to Abortion

An article by Stephanie Block showing some of the shadowy links between Alinskyian organizing and the abortion industry.

St. Monica's Parish IAF Information Handout from Fr. Luschen - Wk of 8/22/9

After months of meetings in various parishes and other groups with little or no public information to parishioners, finally a Pastor has decided to publicize and defend his commitment to involvement with the IAF.  Welcome to the sunlight, Fr. Tim.

How’s Your Life? – Oklahoma Sponsoring Committee – IAF (Link to Parish Website).

These documents are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to information about the IAF.  Visit our Links page for a mountain of information.

Last Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012 07:23 PM -0500


Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us.


"IAF and the Pope. In his letter of November 14, 2008, Mr. Klinge quotes Pope Benedict XVI incompletely. The quote from Deus Caritas Est—in context is as follows: The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper. A just society must be the achievement of politics, not of the Church. Yet the promotion of justice through efforts to bring about openness of mind and will to the demands of the common good is something which concerns the Church deeply. (Emphasis added to highlight the section quoted by Mr. Klinge.)"

-Ricky & Jo Joyce

Letter to Ray Haefele on IAF

“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious.” (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)49 In order to maintain the integrity of our Catholic Church, we must stay away from the politics in which the IAF engages.  Whether a charitable institution or an institution of God, like the Catholic Church, we must remember our mission—to lift up souls, not to send people to hell, albeit with a living wage and affordable housing. That would be a scandal.

-Ricky & Jo Joyce

Letter to Ray Haefele on IAF


"The days of Catholic charities and agencies quietly winking at immoral practices such as contraception in opposition to Catholic faith — the institutional form of a double life — are nearly over. A social justice ideology divorcing faith from sexual morality is corrupt and damaging."

-Dr. Dominic Pedulla


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