Another datapoint in the anti-Catholic shift of the federal government.

As I’ve said, it’s possible to make too much of such incidents (and politics often seems designed to make too much of them), but they’re worth noting as they happen, nonetheless:

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, [Republican Congressman from Ohio Jim] Jordan alleged the FBI “relied on at least one undercover agent to produce its analysis, and that the FBI proposed that its agents engage in outreach to Catholic parishes to develop sources among the clergy and Church leadership to inform on Americans practicing their faith.” Jordan further alleged the FBI suggested that “certain kinds of Catholic Americans may be domestic terrorists.” …

In March 8 in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Wray said when he learned of the memo, he was “aghast.”

Withdrawing a memo after it is released is an easy way to CYA.  The question is how many similar memos are out there unwithdrawn that have simply not been leaked, yet.

The greater concern is that all of these supposed problems go in the same direction, like the incident with the Franciscan Catholics and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, to which I recently linked.  If these “errors” were ideologically distributed, we could believe they aren’t systemic and targeted.  Instead, it does seem there’s at a minimum an unstated, ideological, and partisan culture in the bureaucracy.

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