Hillary Clinton’s campaign has really been struggling lately when it comes to Catholics. It all started with the emails released by WikiLeaks that showed a number of Clinton staffers mocking Catholics and revealing their plans to undermine Catholic teaching. That may have been at least in part responsible for a poll out this week showing Clinton down 13 points to Donald Trump among Catholic voters. Continue Reading
Last night, EWTN aired an extended interview with Donald Trump, his first with the Catholic television network. Trump and host Raymond Arroyo covered a number of important topics, including life, religious liberty, Obamacare, and the importance of the 2016 election.
You can watch the full interview below:
Here were Trump’s top three moments from the interview:
1.) “The person who was pro-choice is now pro-life…and that had a big effect on me.”
Trump discussed his change in view on the pro-life question, describing an event with a couple close to him, including the baby they eventually had, and the effect that experience had on him:
ARROYO: You’re very concerned about the late-term abortions.
Grilled by Chuck Todd about John Podesta’s anti-Catholic slurs, Tim Kaine naturally refused to respond directly but instead had a message: Judge Hillary Clinton by the company she keeps.
“Hillary Clinton’s feeling about faith and about Catholicism in particular is most demonstrated by the fact that she asked me to be a running mate,” Kaine said. “That is the most direct evidence about what Hillary thinks about Catholics.”
Well, all right then. Continue Reading
The Al Smith Dinner usually specializes in self-deprecating humor by the candidates, but while some of that was on display last night, both Hillary and Trump used the occasion also to try to land a few body blows.
Trump’s efforts got widely reported because the audience booed. But Hillary basically accused Trump of treason: “Now, you notice there is no teleprompter tonight, which is probably smart, because maybe you saw Donald dismantle his prompter the other day,” she said.
There’s been much talk among Catholics over the last day and a half about the newly released emails on the Hillary Clinton campaign’s disdain for them. It is also beginning to seep into mainstream outlets.
There are two interesting things to consider here.
The first is that the Catholic Church has survived for over 2,000 years. Powerful men and women throughout the ages have tried unsuccessfully to undermine Church teaching and authority — from leaders during Jesus’ time to political operatives today, such as John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman. Continue Reading
As is being widely reported today, WikiLeaks recently released a set of emails featuring bigoted, anti-Christian diatribes from three staffers and advisors to Hillary Clinton. The leaked emails also included a confession from John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, to commissioning an effort via the Center for American Progress to launch a “Catholic spring” to foment rebellion within the Church against thousands of years of Catholic doctrine. Continue Reading
The Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project teamed up today to release “After the Fall: Catholic Education Beyond the Common Core,” a white paper exploring how the Common Core standards have infiltrated Catholic schools across the country and why Catholic educators should reject them and opt instead for the sturdier foundation to be found in the rich Catholic educational tradition.
The paper’s authors, all of whom work in the area of Catholic education, specifically address the eight most common myths used to argue for the implementation of Common Core in Catholic schools and refute each of them one by one:
Myth #1: “[The Common Core standards] are high-quality standards that will keep test scores high and enable Catholic schools to compete with public schools.”
Reality: “Catholic schools have been outperforming public schools by double-digit margins for the last 20 years on federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and math tests (often referred to as “the nation’s report card”). Continue Reading
Senator Tim Kaine is wrong on abortion. And he is wrong about the Catholic faith.
Thomas Aquinas wrote that is the duty of any leader to promulgate just laws for the common good. Included in those laws is the fundamental right to life, without which no other rights are available.
In last night’s debate, Kaine expounded on his Catholic faith and then defended his position on the death penalty. Continue Reading
Last week, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was announced as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s running mate for the White House. A bland but experienced politician who gave a fantastic debut speech in Florida, Kaine was picked at least in part because he can help Clinton win the battleground state of Virginia.
He was also picked for his liberal take on Catholicism — a religion with which he identifies, but regularly undermines and opposes by backing abortion and marriage’s redefinition. Continue Reading
“I can’t tell you how many Catholics I know who are trying to work through the consequences of those sexual strictures.