This Year’s Must See Film: EWTN’s ‘A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’

22-saul-alinsky Why is political discourse so bad right now? How have Christian beliefs, particularly Catholic beliefs, and those who hold them come to be reviled by so many in the secular culture? Where did political correctness, gender conflict, gender confusion — and so many other aspects of the Culture of Death — come from?

The answer to these, and many other questions, can be found in the EWTN Original Documentary “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” a chilling look at the impact of Community Activist Saul Alinsky, whose “Rules for Radicals” still wields a huge influence on American culture – and the world. If you missed the premiere of this blockbuster event, then tune in at 10:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 1 for the encore, which EWTN is bringing back by popular demand!

A special “EWTN Live” episode, in which Fr. Mitch Pacwa interviews “Wolf” Producers Richard and Stephen Payne of Arcadia Films, will also encore in the hour leading up to the documentary (9:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 1). This film is especially interesting because EWTN’s Fr. Mitch is interviewed in this film about his own experience with Alinksy’s tactics.

saul-alinsky_lrg_parallax_4500x2531As a young novice, Fr. Mitch – like most of us — had no idea what Alinsky-style community organizing was all about until he, and several other novices, were assigned to a Chicago parish that just happened to have two priests trained in the technique. These priests wanted to stop the violence between the Hispanic, Black and Italian gangs and touted Alinskyian style organizing as a way to do this.

Notice that the goal is worthy. Father Mitch says Catholics are particularly vulnerable to these techniques because our faith teaches us to help others. Unfortunately, Alinsky’s community organizers use Marxist techniques that call for someone or some group to be cast as an “enemy” who must be isolated and demonized. They are taught to treat people not as individuals but as symbols.

Father Mitch notes that the Catholic faith, in contrast, teaches the importance of “solidarity” and respect for the individual. As most Catholics who were around when Poland achieved its freedom from Communist rule and the Berlin Wall fell, Pope St. John Paul II was a particularly strong proponent of solidarity.

Alinsky further teaches: “The end justifies almost any means. All effective actions require a passport of morality. You do what you can and clothe it in moral garments. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Make the enemy live up to its own rules. Moral rationalization is indispensable at times of action, whether to justify the selection or the use of ends and means.”

10504116-standardYou’ll have to tune in to find out what happened in that Chicago parish, but suffice it to say that Father Mitch personally witnessed the execution of a former gang member – as a result of this demonization and stirring up of “enmities” with the goal of trying to help people – which had a profound effect on him.

And that’s another part of the problem. When people work in “solidarity” with one another, great things can happen. But even when these community organizers win the battle – and they often do – they lose the war.

“Even in the communities where there has been Alinskyian organizing, do we see less racism? Or, do we see more polarization?” asks Alinsky Biographer Stephanie Block. “Do we see less poverty, or are there problems with poverty greater now? There’s a real good argument that they’re greater.”

Block also notes that Alinksy “may have had a utopian vision, but what he’s laying out is a situation whereby it has to create the very unrest and disparities that he would say he’s trying to fight against.”

As the film shows, Alinksy was a socialist who utilized Marxist theory; a student Machiavelli’s book, “The Prince;” and an activist who spoke admiringly of Communists as being on the right side of things.

rochester_rallyFor many Catholics, it will be enough to know that this Community Organizer dedicated his most influential work, “Rules for Radicals,” to Lucifer. You read that right. His dedication reads: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement of the very first radical who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom, Lucifer.”

Alinsky’s supporters make light of this, but unfortunately this was not the only time this Community Organizer expressed his admiration for the dark side. In a “Playboy” interview, a few weeks before he died, the film tells us that Alinsky said: “If there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell. Hell would be heaven to me. … Once I get into hell, I’ll start organizing the ‘have nots’ over there with a smile. They’re my kind of people.”

Alinsky did not work in a vacuum. As the film notes, he was helped by “the great tsunami wave of European cultural Marxism that would sweep over post-World War II America and empower him in organizing what St. Pope John Paul II termed, the Culture of Death.” Key members of a Marxist institution known as the Institute for Social Research, which was brought to the U.S. from Europe after World War II, “developed ‘critical theory’ as a strategy to change, revolutionize, and bring down America by criticizing it.”

People from the Institute also developed “what we now call political correctness” as well as the “sexual revolution, the search for pleasure.” As the film also points out, “Critical theory exploited the differences between the sexes to excite gender conflict. It exploited their commonalities to incite gender confusion.”

jim-morlino-saul-alinskyNorman Thomas, America’s Socialist Party candidate in the 1940s once said: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”

Watch this film. Become aware of their tactics. Do not be deceived.

And always remember what Jesus taught: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” (MT 7:15-16)

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31 Responses to This Year’s Must See Film: EWTN’s ‘A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’

  1. jamey brown says:

    An excellent article. Wonder how our culture has gotten upside down in recent years? Men in girls’ bathrooms, same-sex “marriage,” racial strife, political correctness, safe spaces, rampant abortion, divorce, promiscuity, hatred of America? It’s all part of the Marxist playbook, embraced by 60’s radicals and played out in your neighborhoods and schools. This documentary portrays one of the Founding Fathers of the Culture of Death. Oh, and by the way, he was Hillary Clinton’s mentor. http://freebeacon.com/politics/the-hillary-letters/ I wrote an article about the film that should soon appear in http://www.catholicstand.com

  2. Lyn DePaola says:

    We in San Diego are trying to tape these shows but neither are listed on the EWTN DVR guide. Have the re-broadcasts been changed? Thank you. Lyn DeQPaola

  3. Pamela Eldred says:

    I’m so glad to hear that this presentation will air again, because I missed it the first 2 times it aired. But, I’m worried that I will miss it again. I’ll be out of town on Saturday. I was hoping to be able to record it via DVR, but Comcast doesn’t have it listed for 10:30 pm on Oct 1. Instead, it has “Living Right With Dr. Ray” scheduled for 10:00 pm and “Web of Faith 2.0” for 11:00 pm. I wish the Guide for Comcast was kept up to date!

    • mjohnsonewtn says:

      A re-air of “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” was added due to popular demand so it won’t show up on your provider’s schedules. But trust us, the documentary will air at 10:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 1, with the special “EWTN Live” airing at 9:30 p.m. ET. God bless Pamela!

  4. Shannon Chittick says:

    Just wondering when this film will play in Australia please??

    • mjohnsonewtn says:

      Shannon — and all who want to see what time the program will air outside the U.S. — please go to the television tab on our home page and scroll down to Program Schedules. Here’s the direct link: http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/weekly-schedules.asp. Across the top of the page, you will see U.S., Canada, UK/Ireland, Germany, Asia/Pacific, EEUU, and Espana/A.Latina. Click on the appropriate schedule and look for the program. In this case, you will see that “Wolf” is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, on the Asia/Pacific schedule. God bless!

  5. Rose Ann says:

    I told a friend “Encounter with Padre Pio” as printed in your newsletter that I receive, was going to be shown today at 4, only to find out that it was being pre-emptied by another show. I was hoping to get her to try as a new viewer. This is not the first time your newsletter was wrong in its programming. Sent from my iPhone

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    • mjohnsonewtn says:

      Hi Rose, the schedules you receive in the mail must be completed months in advance to get to your home on time! Since this is television, things sometimes come up that necessitate our pre-empting a show. When they do, we try to minimize disruption, but it can’t always be helped as certain events occur at fixed times. It’s always best to check our on-line schedules as they are updated frequently. Please see my reply to Shannon for how to find the schedule for your area. Thanks for watching and for sharing EWTN with a friend. We truly appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience!

  6. Keep the information coming!!!

  7. carolmcl says:

    I heard/saw nothing about this Alinsky special until 8:00 Pacific time ON Oct. 1st, which means I missed it…coz 9:00 eastern time is 5:00 Pacific time! So when will it be shown again AFTER October 1st?! I really want to see this special!!! Thank you…

  8. Where can I get a copy of this video

  9. Joyce Allen says:

    Today is the 2nd. So I missed the replay not knowing about it. Is there anyway anywhere that I could see this documentary?

  10. Paulette Torchia says:

    Please air this documentary at least twice a week until the election. We have too many Priests and Catholics supporting the Democratic platform which is the Socialist Marxist plans of Alinsky. I don’t know how our Catholics have become so blinded to Obama and Hillary. God save us!

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  12. Treasa van Ommen Kloeke says:

    Just read about your movie on Alinsky – a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing -. Is it possible to view it on line? I am in Australia. If not, is your DVD compatible to our TV system here?

    • mjohnsonewtn says:

      I posed your question to EWTN Religious Catalogue. They said: “I have been told in the past that our DVDs will play on Australian computers and possibly on some of the newer DVD players, but not all. I believe that is still the case.” So, if you hava a newer DVD player, you should be okay Treasa. However, we are still airing this! Find when it is airing in your time zone by going to http://www.ewtn.com, go to the television tab, and click Program Schedules on the drop down menu. Once there, look for the Asia/Pacific schedule. We also live stream our programming so you can watch it from your computer as well!

  13. Kathy Green says:

    Will they be re-airing “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” any time soon? What date and what time?

  14. The most important documentary ever seen…….explains how we have gotten here clearly and without ambiguity. It should be shown pretty much non stop until the American Catholic can see what has happened to America and recall Premier Krusvhev taking off his shoe, banging it on the table at the United Nations and bellowing “America will be destroyed from within”. It’s equally important for Catholics to understand how Bella Dodd, an admitted communist was instrumental in getting over 1000 men into Catholic seminaries in the 30’s and40’s. Her work has undoubtedly been a factor in the priest/bishop scandal of the 90’s. All should see this documentary. It’s purchasable from EWTNRC.com for $15 plus shipping……..own it !

  15. Bob McMahan says:

    We desperately need to understand Alinsky’s thinking, not to imitate his tactics, but to thwart them.

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