- Sep 20, 2020
The dominant trend in American sociology over the last few decades has been that Americans increasingly work, live, recreate, and even worship only with people who think like themselves. Can the Catholic church play a role in rebuilding zones of friendship across the tribal lines?
For anyone who is skeptical or worried about religion — as a potential hotbed for violence, as a means of a candidate getting elected, as the pain of youth, Pope Francis reminds of us of what it really is, which is focusing not on self but gift.
I’m not voting for Clinton or Trump, but I find the case for Clinton especially implausible — not without ignoring her platform, words, and advocacy — and because this election she’s doubled down on the party’s radical abortion agenda.
Despite most surveys putting Clinton solidly ahead with Catholic voters, one top daily tracking poll is now showing Trump with a lead, often by double digits. As of Nov. 2, it had Trump ahead of Clinton among Catholics by 13 percentage points – 50 percent to 37 percent.
Though we should obviously show respect for the views of fellow Catholics on these matters, the teaching of the Church is clear: faithful Catholics may vote for Hillary Clinton. They may vote for Donald Trump. They may vote for a third candidate or not vote at all.
In a distressing 2016 race, Catholics can vote with a clean conscience in one of three ways — voting “against” someone rather than “for” anyone, supporting a third party candidate, or simply not voting for president at all and focusing down-ballot.