American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property

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American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP)
Founded1973 (1973)
Type501(c)(3) Charity
Registration no.23-7325778 (EIN)
Location
Area served
United States
Key people
Raymond E. Drake, President
John Horvat II, Vice-President
Revenue
$8,530,115 (FY 2012)[1]
Employees
60
Volunteers
75
Websitewww.tfp.org

The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, also known as The American TFP, and legally incorporated as The Foundation for a Christian Civilization, Inc. is a Catholic national advocacy group.[2][3] It is an autonomous organization which forms part of the larger anticommunist[4] international Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) movement founded by Brazilian intellectual, politician and activist Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira.

History[edit]

Founded in 1973, it is one of many "Tradition, Family and Property" groups (TFPs) and like-minded organizations worldwide, all of which are inspired by the work of the Brazilian intellectual, politician and activist Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. The first American group was incorporated in 1975, and established its first hermitage in 1977 in Yonkers, New York. The Yonkers location was subsequently closed, with the hermits establishing their permanent hermitage on 70 acres in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania.[5]

The Foundation for a Christian Civilization ("Foundation") was incorporated in 1973, drawing on earlier ties between Brazilians, who traveled to the US to develop a North American affiliate. The American TFP developed early connections with leaders of the religious and political right, including Paul Weyrich of the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation and Morton Blackwell of the College Republican National Committee and the Reagan administration.[6][7] Founded to help fundraising for a Catholic counterrevolution against communism, it subsequently became a civil cultural organization that aims to uphold and promote the values of Christian civilization. The Foundation later merged in June 1992 with American TFP to form a single corporation identified as The Foundation for a Christian Civilization.[5]

Organization[edit]

The organization solicits funds as a non-profit charity,[2] not as a diocesan organization."[8] Its annual public reports to the Internal Revenue Service indicate that between 2002 and 2014 it disbursed $1,800,000 to support the St. Louis de Montfort Academy and $1,500,000 to support related organizations in North and South America, most significantly Canada Needs Our Lady, Associação dos Fundadores and the Tradición y Acción organizations of Colombia and Peru.[9]

Activities[edit]

TFP has continued its ties with the political right as a participating sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference,[10] and by signing statements issued by the Heartland Institute that opposed housing finance reform legislation,[11] and discussions of climate change in comprehensive energy legislation[12] and in the State Department funding authorization.[13]

TFP Student Action is the university campus outreach of the TFP.[14] Its activities include distributing fliers and other literature on the streets of universities, sponsoring speakers on campuses, hosting student conferences, and organizing protests and petitions, especially against the provision of information about abortion and the acceptance of LGBT students at Catholic universities. Its most recent campaign is against the 96 Catholic colleges and universities that allow LGBT student groups.[15] In April 2009, volunteers of TFP Student Action traveled to the major cities of New Hampshire[16] and Maine[17] to distribute literature against same-sex marriage.

The American TFP provides the staff to run Saint Louis de Montfort Academy, a boys' boarding school in Herndon, Pennsylvania, that provides students with a traditional Catholic education.[18] It also operates Call to Chivalry summer camps, which express Oliveira's view[19] of nobility, chivalry, and the benefits of the feudal past.[20]

The Return to Order campaign is an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation. In 2019, it organized a petition against the Good Omens miniseries as mocking God's wisdom and making Satanism appear normal, light and acceptable, but they targeted the petition at Netflix rather than Amazon Prime Video which distributes the series.[21] In 2021, they staged a protest at the 59th New York Film Festival due to the festival showing the Paul Verhoeven film Benedetta, which they deemed blasphemous for its portrayal of lesbianism within the confines of a convent.[22]

Criticism[edit]

The American TFP has been cited in several articles by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for their anti-LGBTQ views.[23] According to the SPLC the TFP is a "virulently anti-LGBT group".[24]

Jesuit priest James Martin, referring to the American TFP and to the organisation Church Militant commented that “These online hate groups are now more powerful than local churches”.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property", Charity Navigator
  2. ^ a b "Fundraising Disclosure Notice", TFP Student Action Archived 2011-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The Counter-Revolution: Who We Are". The American TFP. 17 April 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  4. ^ "The American TFP" (PDF), Crusade Magazine, Hanover, PA: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, 65: [1], September–October 2003
  5. ^ a b "Mary Queen of the Third Millennium, Inc. v. The Foundation for a Christian Civilization, Inc.", United States Patent And Trademark Office, December 3, 2008[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Power, Margaret (2011), "Transnational, Conservative, Catholic, and Anti-Communist: Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP)", in Durham, Martin; Power, Margaret (eds.), New Perspectives on the Transnational Right, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, pp. 96–97, ISBN 978-0-230-62370-5
  7. ^ Lernoux, Penny (1989), People of God: The Struggle for World Catholicism, New York: Viking, p. 343, ISBN 0-670-81529-2
  8. ^ "Office of the Chancellor", Pastoral Bulletin, Archdiocese of Miami, October 17, 2007
  9. ^ The Foundation for a Christian Civilization, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (IRS Form 990N), New York: Foundation Center, 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2015
  10. ^ Rick Santorum to CPAC: "Let's Talk About How We Can Build a Great America Again", The American Conservative Union, March 7, 2014, archived from the original on 2016-01-11, retrieved March 6, 2015, Participating Sponsors: … Tradition, Family, Property…
  11. ^ Free-Market Leaders Urge Senate to Reject Housing Finance Overhaul, The Heartland Institute, April 23, 2014, retrieved March 6, 2015, Coalition members include leaders from … Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
  12. ^ "[Open Letter to Senator Pete Domenici]" (PDF), Environment & Climate News, The Heartland Institute, 6 (4): 7, May 2003
  13. ^ "[Open Letter to Congressman Henry Hyde]" (PDF), Environment & Climate News, The Heartland Institute, 6 (6): 15, July 2003
  14. ^ TFP Student Action
  15. ^ "Scandal: Research finds pro-homosexual clubs at 96 Catholic universities" Archived 2009-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Gay marriage protesters make noise in Nashua"[dead link]
  17. ^ Bloch, Jessica. "Protesters take aim at bill for gay marriage", Bangor Daily News, April 18, 2009
  18. ^ Saint Louis de Montfort Academy
  19. ^ Lernoux, Penny (1989), People of God: The Struggle for World Catholicism, New York: Viking, p. 339, ISBN 0-670-81529-2
  20. ^ Power, Margaret (2011), "Transnational, Conservative, Catholic, and Anti-Communist: Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP)", in Durham, Martin; Power, Margaret (eds.), New Perspectives on the Transnational Right, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, p. 99, ISBN 978-0-230-62370-5
  21. ^ Flood, Alison (June 20, 2019). "Thousands petition Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime's Good Omens". The Guardian. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  22. ^ Shafer, Ellise (26 September 2021). "Catholic Protesters Congregate Outside 'Benedetta's' New York Film Festival Premiere". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  23. ^ "Extremists of Many Stripes Gather at Values Voter Summit 2011". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  24. ^ "National Organization for Marriage Has a Rough Start to 2013". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  25. ^ Bruni, Frank (3 February 2018). "Opinion | The Scariest Catholic in America (Published 2018)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 7 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2021.

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