Frank L. Cocozzelli is a regular contributor to Talk2Action.org, and president of the Institute for Progressive Christianity.
Institute on Religion and Democracy
"Last week I examined the Catholic Church's rightward lurch towards religious supremacism, and in closing I asked: who is driving this?
To a very large extent, it is a small group of Neo-Orthodox traditionalists and a carefully cultivated group of converts.
"Last week I discussed the Vatican's recent decisions that will take the Catholic Church in entirely different direction from the tolerant spirit of Vatican II. The objective observer must ask what is the ultimate goal?
"Over the last two weeks I have been reading The Anatomy of Antiliberalism (Harvard University Press, 1993). Written by NYU law professor Stephen Holmes, it gives an excellent insight into the philosophers who influence many of the neoconservatives now driving much of the Religious Right's agenda.
"John L. Allen, Jr.'s recent book, Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, (Doubleday, 2005) is unfortunately, well short of being objective.
"On June 6, 1970 the Society for a Christian Commonwealth, which published Triumph, and the "Sons of Thunder" under the leadership of (Frederick "Fritz") Wilhelmsen and (L . Brent) Bozell, conducted "the Action for Life," which was probably the first anti-abortion demonstration in the United States.
"Let us return to where we began:
"If the Religious Right were to succeed in establishing an American theocracy, or anything even close, the devil would be in the details. A preview is now being played out between the Catholic League on the theocratic Right and the Voice of the Faithful representing a full spectrum of mainstream centrist, liberal and conservative Catholics.
Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva