This wasn’t just a speech

Central Valley leaders reflect on gathering with Pope Francis in Bolivia
In this pool photo taken on July 9, 2015 and made available on Friday, July 10, 2015, Pope Francis and Bolivia's President Evo Morales, second right, pose for pictures at Christ the Redeemer square in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Francis gave a late-afternoon speech to delegates at the gathering. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

In this pool photo taken on July 9, 2015 and made available on Friday, July 10, 2015, Pope Francis and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, second right, pose for pictures at Christ the Redeemer square in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Francis gave a late-afternoon speech to delegates at the gathering. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

The following comes from a Fresno Bee article by Carmen George:

Apart of a group invited by the Vatican to attend a gathering in Bolivia last week, Monsignor Raymond Dreiling, vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, was sitting within feet of Pope Francis as he delivered a speech that Monsignor Dreiling believes will “go down in history as one of the most important statements by the Catholic Church regarding “this issue of ‘tierra’ — the earth — ‘trabajo’ — work — and ‘techo’ — housing.”

The address closed the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, attended by more than 1,500 people, the majority of them community organizers.

Monsignor Dreiling, whose diocese represents 1.2 million Catholics, said much of the three-day event was “political posturing” and speeches from activists expressing concerns regarding public health, the environment, labor and poverty.

“At the source of all that is frustration, is anger, is a sense of powerlessness,” Dreiling said. “And they’re just asking, ‘Can anybody hear us? Is anybody listening? Does anybody care?

“And the Holy Father, in his speech (July 9), said, ‘I hear you. I’m listening. And I care, and the church cares with you.’ That brought so much hope, so much encouragement to these people who have been so pressed down, even by the church, over the centuries.

“Now the church is saying, ‘No, no, no. We were wrong. Now what we want to do is we want to partner with you. We want to accompany you on this journey for basic human rights, a good living, a good wage, clean water, clean air, all those things that sustain and support your life, we are with you on that.’ And that is directly the message that the pope gave to that group.”

Dreiling attended the gathering as part of a delegation of five from the Central Valley and Los Angeles through PICO, a national network of faith-based groups working for social justice. The PICO delegation was apart of a group of 40 people invited by the Vatican.

Water from Fresno, brought to the gathering in a small glass jar, was also blessed by the pope during a small group blessing after his speech on July 9.

Monsignor Dreiling was especially touched by the pope’s apology on behalf of the church for the “grave sins” committed against the native peoples of the Americas in the name of God, along with his decision to end his speech by asking people to pray for him, then adding, “If some of you are unable to pray, with all respect, I ask you to send me your good thoughts and energy.”

“The people went wild,” Monsignor Dreiling said. “Their response was, ‘How cool is that!?’ So even the Christians among us, we stood up and applauded that because he was including everybody, everybody.”

Monsignor Dreiling said the Vatican designated the speech a mini encyclical, “which means this isn’t just a speech, this is teaching document for all Catholics … it will be used as a teaching tool for generations to come.”

The Bolivian government took the lead in organizing the gathering, with support from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The council’s leader, Cardinal Peter Turkson, spoke at length with the Valley delegation over several days, hearing about things like California’s drought, pollution and poverty.

“He was very interested and wanted to hear more and more about it,” Monsignor Dreiling said. “I noticed this great and powerful guy — he’s a cardinal, first of all, right next to the pope, working in one of the offices of the Vatican — would sit down in the midst of the people. He had no place of honor. … He would sit among them and participate in the event as one of the people. He didn’t make a big deal about it, but I was very impressed with that.”

The PICO delegation say they are committed to putting the pope’s words into action in the Valley and that the region’s issues aren’t much different from those in many other countries. Monsignor Dreiling said the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will consult a declaration of commitments to promote social change, drafted by people at the Bolivia gathering, to inform his speeches in September before the United Nations and U.S. Congress.


  1. http://joe%20bryner says

    Global warming, left wing social justice, forgiveness for sharing the gospel; the only thing this pope doesn’t preach is Christ and a call to holiness.. Tragic.

    • http://Anonymous says

      He hasn’t said to sell all your worldly goods and give the money to the poor like Christ did. He isn’t even at the John the Baptist phase where those with two coats have to give one to someone who has none and the same with food.

  2. http://Pilar says

    This is socialistic communism mixed with a pinch of Catholicism, and then covered with Marxism.

    • http://Anonymous says

      How so?

    • http://Leigh says

      ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT – is not the business of the Church.
       Paragraphs in “LAUDATO SI’
      # 175, “…… it is essential to devise stronger and more efficiently organized international institutions, with functionaries who are appointed fairly by agreement among national governments, and empowered to impose sanctions.
      …… to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, ”
      # 177 “….. One authoritative source of oversight and coordination is the law, which lays down rules for admissible conduct in the light of the common good.
      The limits which a healthy, mature and sovereign society must impose are those related to foresight and…

      • http://Anonymous says

        The Pope is talking about something like the World Health Organization, not a government.

        • http://Steve%20Phoenix says

          “The Pope is talking about the World Health Organization (WHO).” No, he didn’t specify that, and that is an entirely unwarranted effort to whitewash his call for a “World Political Authority” (#175) as though some harmless entity.

          But for the sake of argument, WHO was vehemently opposed by JP2 for its subtle agenda of “reproductive health”, which he correctly diagnosed as abortion on demand.
          Proof: Jeffrey Sachs and Ban Ki-Moon, both top-UN elites, are fore-front in the forced abortions of African women: Ban Ki-Moon openly (1st time ever) ordered forced abortions in UN-controlled sub-Saharan countries in 2014, causing deaths and appalling suffering of those women. WHO was in charge. So, this is in itself a…

          • http://Steve%20Phoenix says

            So, this is in itself (“he was calling for WHO”) a shocking self-indictment of international criminal activity of “the poor” at the agenda of the UN—and now with PF’s (we hope unwitting) support.

  3. http://Janek says

    Where is the hammer and sickle crucifix given to the Pope by the Communist leader of Bolivia?? If that happened before Vatican II the Pope would have thrown that symbol of mass murder on the ground and destroyed it. But Bergoglio was not offended in the least, and went on to denounce Capitalism as the work of the devil. Rush Limbaugh called this Pope a Marxist-Leninist and he again proves it to be true.

  4. http://Clinton%20R. says

    “Now the church is saying, ‘No, no, no. We were wrong.”

    Wrong about what? Why do the pastors of the Catholic Church feel this need to constantly apologize for her? The Catholic Church has done more for the poor than any institution in the world.

  5. http://Gabe says

    While it is true that some capitalists hurt the poor, most capitalists help the poor by providing charity, jobs, consumer goods at better quality and lower prices, not to mention that the “wealthy” capitalists provide most of the tax revenue, most of the church revenue, and yes, they also finance the Marxists.

    Amazing that the pope would overlook all of this, and in addition, overlook the fact the both the US Government as well as the Catholic Church, receive almost all of their financial support from the “wealthy” capitalists.

    Holy Father, we are praying that your rhetoric will finally include less Marxist propaganda, and more of the “truth” in these matters!

    • http://Hymie says

      Peaceful voluntary exchange, i.e., free market capitalism, never hurts the poor. On the contrary.

  6. http://Pilar says

    How many times did Our Lord apologize? Did He ask for forgiveness for cleansing the temple, or did He ask the devils to forgive Him because He cast them out of people and animals? The smoke of Satan is in the Church, and unfortunately many in top places are stooges of the father of lies.

  7. http://Steve%20Phoenix says

    Very revealing comments by another Catholic official (Fresno diocese vicar general “Msgr” Raymond Dreiling (“Now the church is saying, ‘No, no, no. We were wrong… We want to accompany you on this journey for basic human rights, a good living, a good wage, clean water, clean air, all those things that sustain and support your life…”) who hates the very institution that pays his bills, places him in a position of reverence and respect, and pays for his junket to Bolivia. And by the way, the PICO people are renowned for their national and international travels for the cause of “social concern”, paid for by the chump Catholic faithful through their dioceses and religious orders.

  8. http://Steve%20Phoenix says

    What the reporter doesn’t tell you, importantly, is that PICO, for those who may not know, is the “Pacific Institute for Community Organizing”, a Saul-Alinsky-inspired and -guided crowd of mostly “catholic” (small c) functional atheists who have decided they will remake the world, since God is essentially unknowable (if He were to exist). During the 80’s when I was working in a Catholic non-profit, they contacted me, thinking I was a young turnip who could be poisoned, and offered training in community organizing (radicalizing) in which the main gospel text was Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. The hypocrisy of many of the PICO people, esp. the leaders, is their free use of platinum Visa cards for endless national and world travel…

    • http://Steve%20Phoenix says

      Ah yes, the “community organizers” and their limitless concern for the poor (and equal but carefully cloaked hatred for the Catholic bourgeoisie), with their staying in fine hotels, their drinking and eating fine adult beverages and food at significant cost, all supposedly “for the poor”, but all the bills sent to & paid for by the dolt Catholic dioceses and the “useful-idiot” (VI Lenin) religious orders. I hope Monsgr. Dreiling brings back lots of curios from the airport gift shops. We are paying for them all.

      • http://hosemonkey says

        Let’s see, wasn’t Our Esteemed President a “community organizer” before he was propelled into his present job by the Chicago Mafia?

    • http://gravey says

      PICO was founded by a Jesuit Priest and is based in Oakland, CA. The Oakland Diocese supports and promotes this shady organization.

  9. http://Bob says

    The Holy Father’s address is not socialism. One need only to recall the involvement of priests and Church leaders in the United States during the rise of the labor movement in the 1930’s. The Church has often advocated for basic human dignity with respect to a just living wage, suitable living conditions and access to health care.

  10. http://Leigh says

    There is no such thing as unadulterated capitalism.
    Each Country has the AUTHORITY and the RESPONSIBILITY for everything that happens within it own borders.

    In addition: CCC: “2442 It is not the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life.
    This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens.
    Social action can assume various concrete forms. It should always have the common good in view and be in conformity with the message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church.
    It is the role of the laity “to animate temporal realities with Christian commitment, by which they show that they are witnesses and…

  11. http://Janek says

    So the Church should have let the Aztecs to continue to cut the hearts out of other indians??????

    • http://Clinton%20R. says

      Evidently so. Over and over again, popes and bishops and priests keep apologizing for the mean ol’ Catholic Church.

    • http://hosemonkey says

      Janek, it is a good thing that Political Correctness was not in effect in those days, otherwise Cortez would have been arrested, censured and condemned by the UN, put on trial for denying the Aztecs their “Cultural Heritage” and imprisoned for theft of their gold.

  12. http://hosemonkey says

    Butch the Rooster

    Sarah was in the fertilized egg business.
    She had several hundred young pullets’ and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.
    She kept records and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.
    This took a lot of time, so she bought some tiny bells and attached them to her roosters.
    Each bell had a different tone, so she could tell from a distance which rooster was performing.
    Now, she could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.
    Sarah’s favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen but, this morning she noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all!
    When she went to investigate, she saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets,…

  13. http://hosemonkey says

    (con’t) bells-a-ringing, but the pullets hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
    To Sarah’s amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring.
    He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job, and walk on to the next one.
    Sarah was so proud of old Butch, she entered him in the Dowerin Show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.
    The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the “No Bell Peace Prize” they also awarded him the “Pulletsurprise” as well.
    Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making.
    Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them…

  14. http://hosemonkey says

    (con’t) when they weren’t paying attention?
    Vote carefully in the next election.
    You can’t always hear the bells.

  15. http://Hymie says

    I’m starting to think that maybe it was Happy Smoke we saw coming out of the Sistine Chapel chimney two years ago.

  16. http://Steve%20Phoenix says

    Catholics who want to be informed need to know that PICO (“Pacific Institute of Community Organizing”, formerly the “Oakland Training Institute” [OTI]) has historically and openly used Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to guide its trainees and to foment hatred and division in the inner city they are supposed to aid. Everyone trained with them throughout the 80’s and 90’s got a personal copy of the devil Alinsky’s text to guide them. After all, the useful-idiot Diocese of Davenport, IA, gave him the 1969 “Pacem in Terris” award as an example of Catholic social justice. We are SO penetrated as a Church.

    • http://Bob%20One says

      I read the 12 Rules for Radicals. If one is trying to organize and change something, they seem pretty reasonable and useful. We know that Alinsky denied joining any organization, even those he founded. His beliefs were much to the left of center, but I suspect not Marxist. What I find interesting is that so many people think of “community organizing” as a bad thing. It is in fact a powerful strategy for bringing about change. It is the community organizers that brought about the revolution in the 60-70s. It is community organizers who put the spotlight on racism in this country. It is the Catholic Church that improved the lot of the downtrodden immigrants of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Christ was the ultimate community…

  17. http://Hymie says

    People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) is their current name. PICO is a communist front. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is a big supporter.

    Read ’em and weep:

    • http://Steve%20Phoenix says

      Yes,Hymie, PICO, has done a cosmetic makeover of its acronym, to camouflage its principles and it’s true history (just like ACORN): it is in reality an Alinsky-inspired and co-founded organization—co-founded because when Alinsky was completely penetrating the social justice department @ the Jesuit School of Theology at Chicago (yes there was a JSTC) in the 1960’s, he trained personally the founding Jesuit(s) who started OTI. I was given their names, met each of them, and they were quite proud of their direct Alinsky-connection. As St. Ignatius Loyola stares, “The devil always appears as an angel of light. ” (Sp. Exercises, Rules for Discernment of Spirits)

    • http://Your%20Fellow%20Catholic says

      PICO is NOT a communist front. Where do you get such nonsense?

  18. http://Steve%20Phoenix says

    ..but thank you for the link, Hymie, which is direct evidence supporting my assertions based on my first-hand encounters with them (PICO/OTI).

    I know some people don’t believe what we discuss here at times—it seems too unbelievable. You know, the real truth as to the insidious destruction of youth, communities, economies, whole districts and even cities is even worse. Much, much worse. And sorry to say, it is going to get worse yet.

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