- Sep 20, 2020
After a video of him standing behind an altar with an aborted baby in an effort to support Donald Trump, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has come under fire, with one Catholic official in New York saying, “It is hard for me to express in calm, measured terms, the revulsion I feel about this.”
After the election is finally over, the question that we as Catholics should ask ourselves is in what way Catholics in America can in the future be a source of unity and reconciliation, or whether we will be a cause of further division.
“We just don’t have enough data to say anything very reliable this year,” cautioned Dr. Mark Gray of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which conducts social science research on the Catholic Church, at Georgetown University.
In what should probably be no surprise, Catholics appear as divided as other Americans heading into today’s presidential vote, with some arguing that Trump is the obvious pro-life choice and others saying Clinton will be better on immigration, race relations, and protecting the poor.
As reflected in his Saturday address to a world meeting of popular movements, Pope Francis appears to have more faith in bottom-up change than top-down, and believes that when facing a dysfunctional political system, there’s often greater promise in working around it than through it.
“People have to realize that Americans of all stripes, regardless of their religious affiliation, that we are losing our religious freedom … at amazing speed,” said Louis Brown, director of the Christ Medicus Foundation at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C.