DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - In the past four years, Jesuit institutions have received at least $1.7 million in donations from the Open Society Foundations (OSF) that are funded by plutocrat George Soros.
By examining documents recorded on the internet, it's evident that the Jesuits' biggest recipient of Soros' largesse is the U.S.-based Jesuit Worldwide Learning.
In 2016, the organization received $890,000, while, in 2018, it garnered another $410,000. This was the only one of the three Jesuit institutions to recognize the Soros Foundations as a "partner."
Among its other "partners" are various German philanthropies, while the U.N. Refugee Agency, Fujitsu, Seitwerk and AfB are listed as cooperating organizations.
In 2018, Jesuit Refugee Service received $176,452 in support of migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean region. For its part, Jesuit Service to Migrants (Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes) received $75,000 in 2016 and another $151,125 in 2018, according to ACI Prensa.
In July, apparently embarrassed, Guatemalan archbishop Gonzalo de Villa y Vásquez claimed that he had no knowledge of George Soros and the latter's pro-abortion progressive agenda. He was appointed to his current post by Pope Francis, a fellow Jesuit.
In the 1990s and into the new millennium, Villa y Vásquez chaired the board of the local iteration of the Soros philanthropy and served as chancellor of Guatemala's Landivar University, which received funding from OSF. Indeed, Landivar University received $221,534 in 2017 from OSF.
Donations given by OSF reflect George Soros' progressive views on immigration, abortion and other issues. Since its creation in 1993, the philanthropy has been generous to pro-abortion efforts around the world.
For example, while future archbishop Villa y Vásquez was chairing Soros' Open Society in Guatemala in 2003, the philanthropy was funding the training of American abortionists in how to provide early-term abortions through the so-called morning-after pill and the "vacuum-aspiration technique." OSF was also making substantial grants to the pro-abortion Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and the Guttmacher Institute. OSF also donated funds to the National Abortion Rights League (NARAL), which has long lobbied for abortion.
When WikiLeaks revealed the emails of the Democratic National Committee and various allied groups in advance of the 2016 presidential election, it found that the president of Voices for Progress, Sandy Newman, conspired in 2012 with John Podesta of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress to promote contraception as a "revolution" to overthrow the "middle ages dictatorship" of the Catholic Church.
Podesta wrote, "We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good [CACG] to organize for a moment like this." According to its Facebook page, "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good promote the social justice mission of Pope Francis and the Catholic Church in U.S. politics, media and culture."
CACG was prominent in pushing for national health care legislation that became known as Obamacare, which Catholic bishops criticized for lacking conscience provisions to prevent Catholic hospitals from performing abortions. Also, CACG was one of some 16 others to receive $4.5 million in Soros funds. Podesta served as chief of staff in the Clinton administration and, later, as a counselor in the Obama administration.
Another organization that has received Soros funds is the pro-abortion Catholics for Choice, which advances "truly accessible" abortion and condemns the Catholic Church's teachings on contraception as "disastrous" for women.
In addition, Catholics for Choice is supportive of the so-called LGBT agenda, which is contrary to thousands of years of Catholic teaching, as is the killing of innocents. Between 2000 and 2014, Soros gave $4,538,812 to a handful of nominal Catholic groups and churches (many of which affirm abortion, gay marriage and other progressive causes); Catholics for Choice was among the recipients of said funds.
Born in Hungary to a Jewish family, Soros nevertheless has said that Jews themselves cause anti-Semitism, a charge dubbed "obscene" by the Anti-Defamation League.
He has supported numerous leftist organizations in the United States and elsewhere, including the Center for American Progress, Black Lives Matter, MoveOn.org, America Coming Together and the pro-marijuana Drug Policy Alliance. Soros has, likewise, funded organizations that have called for sanctions against Israel.
Reportedly worth more than $14 billion, Soros was the biggest single donor to Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful presidential campaign. He also supports candidates in local district attorney races who support decriminalizing narcotics. In 2016, he gave $18 billion to OSF, making the organization the second-biggest philanthropy in the United States.
Soros' largesse has been rewarded vocally by Pope Francis. In a 2017 letter, Pope Francis congratulated the World Meeting of Popular Movements that was organized by Vatican officials and held that year in California.
In the missive, the pope praised People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), writing that the group's name is a "great synthesis of the mission of popular movements: to work locally, side by side with your neighbors, organizing among yourselves to make your communities thrive." Funded by Soros, the leftist Discover the Networks website describes PICO as a group using "Alinsky-style organizing tactics to advance the doctrines of the religious Left."
There has long been an alliance between sectors of the Catholic hierarchy and progressives. In her four-volume Change Agents: Alinskyian Organizing Among Religious Bodies and Organizing the Culture of Death: Using Congregations for Progressive Politics Through Alinskyian Organizing, investigative journalist and author Stephanie Block recounts how radical progressives, inspired by the atheist community organizer Saul Alinsky, infiltrated Jewish and Christian congregations and organizations to advance leftist goals. Ironically, Alinsky's famed book Rules for Radicals is dedicated to Lucifer — the original rebel.