- Aug 10, 2020
Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, is uncertain of whether the incoming U.S. president, Donald Trump, would be an appropriate choice for the commencement speech. The university has already been under fire in 2009 when Jenkins invited President Obama, causing uproar due to his stance on abortion.
United States Catholic bishops try to find the right balance in a nation divided after the presidential election. Like many they attempt to understand what to expect from the president-elect and to find the best way to carry out the teachings of the Church in Trump’s America.
Though Catholic liberals aren’t cheering Donald Trump’s upset win on Tuesday night, they might hope for a consolation prize, which is that given the likely conflict zones with the new administration, the US bishops could increasingly prioritize what are typically seen as progressive causes.
Donald Trump’s stunning win was due to a basket of factors including a poor economy, and the anger of those who felt ‘left behind’. But front and center were the feelings of religious voters — and above all their fears of a Democrat candidate perceived as against them.
Although Francis and Donald Trump have plenty of reasons to clash, the evidence shows that pope and president could still meet halfway.
The primary Christian category for political exchange is not respect, but love. Love requires a realistic view of the other, and a realistic view of yourself. It doesn’t make you pretend someone has made wise political judgments or is going to make wise political judgments.