- Oct 19, 2020
While some attended Halloween festivities Oct. 31, the Dominicans filled their chapel in the evening with candles, prayer and people, as hundreds gathered for an event focused on the saints on the vigil of All Saints Day in the midst of a rough-and-tumble 2016 election.
19th-century France, Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, was as disgusted with politics as many Americans are in 2016, and he correctly diagnosed the problem: People weren’t being properly formed, and as a result, passion prevailed over prudence.
As Catholic author Peter Kreft has written, “The conservative … failed to see that truth without love is not even the absolute truth, and the liberal fails to see that love without truth is not even the absolute love, not true love. Thus each side fails to see not only the other’s absolute, but even its own.”
Delve into the poll numbers, and trends emerge that speak to the future of Catholic voting in the U.S. While white Catholics favor Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton 48 to 41 percent in a recent PRRI poll, the opposite is true of non-white Catholics, the vast majority of whom are Latino. Those non-white Catholics choose Clinton over Trump 78 to 17 percent.
To deal with the anger and fear that seem to be driving much of the 2016 election cycle, a Georgetown panel recommended taking seriously Pope Francis’s appeal for greater solidarity with the poor – at a time when, as one speaker put it, “The fact that we’re all in this together… That concept is under assault.”