- Jan 24, 2020
If there’s one thing this election has revealed, it’s that there’s a growing majority of Catholics, and young Catholics in particular, who are disaffected by the traditional tug-of-war of partisan politics and looking for new ways to reengage the world around them. The Leonine Forum is one intriguing option.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See under George W. Bush believes that Catholics should be really thankful that Donald Trump was elected, instead of Hillary Clinton, to be our next president of the United States. We faced a binary choice and the people of America showed once again that they are smarter than the pundits, beltway bandits and establishment insiders.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said on Monday that serving and welcoming people fleeing conflict and violence is part of their identity as Roman Catholics. Church leaders said they would continue to offer that aid, and called on the new Trump administration to do the same.
Whether by coincidence or providence, the close of Pope Francis’s jubilee Holy Year of Mercy comes for Americans at the same moment as the end of a tumultuous political season. Several leading American Catholics offer thoughts on how to make the most of mercy going forward.
A strong white evangelical, white Catholic and Mormon vote for Donald Trump belied the condemnation many religious leaders had leveled at the tycoon and paved the way for a stunning upset after a long and polarizing campaign.
Bishops and leaders of church organizations reacted to Tuesday’s election result by congratulating Trump on his victory and promising to hold his feet to the fire over his pro-life pledges. Groups working with migrants and on justice issues were sombre, warning that key gains could be rolled back.