Catholics Bishops Gear Up to Defeat Trump in 2020

by Steve Ray on June 19, 2018

Deal Hudson provides a good preparation for the political battles ahead, even with our bishops.
Cardinal Blase Cupich speaks at an end of school year peace rally on June 15, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By Deal W. Hudson
Monday, 18 Jun 2018 12:28 PM

The Catholic bishops met in Fort Lauderdale a few days ago. The dominating topic of discussion was politics, specifically, their official guide to Catholic voters, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

The Pope Francis faction, led by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, called for a complete rewriting of the document since it no longer represented “the new body of teaching” as taught by the present pontiff, specifically mentioning climate change, poverty, and immigration.

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego went a step further saying the present document doesn’t represent “Catholic teaching as it is now.”

These two are not the only ones who believe that in the space of five years, since Bergoglio’s 2013 election, the moral and social teaching of the Church has been so fundamentally altered Faithful Citizenship no longer speaks with the true voice of the Church. So much for an institution considered slow to change.

Other leading bishops, however, including Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, opposed writing a new document, arguing what was needed was a more straightforward, significantly redacted version of Faithful Citizenship along with an accompanying video for YouTube, etc.

When the votes were tallied, 77 percent of the bishops voted for the creation of shorter materials — a letter, video, and other “resources” to supplement Faithful Citizenship.

During this discussion there was no mention of Trump being the most pro-life president in our nation’s history. It should not surprise us at that omission since the intent behind the beefing up of Faithful Citizenship is to deny Trump a second term in office.

The bishop’s present silence about the president’s achievement is only another iteration of their attempt during the campaign itself to camouflage Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion stance by arranging with moral indictments Trump about “The Wall.”

The strategy didn’t work. Faithful Catholics would not be bullied into seeing moral equivalence between killing the unborn and insisting on secure national borders.

Trump/Pence won 52 percent of all Catholic votes and 56 percent of mass-attending Catholics. In the election aftermath, the weeping and wailing at the USCCB must have matched that of Hollywood, the EU, and the mass media.

As it stands, the 2015 version of Faithful Citizenship is a flawed document. A close reading of it offers the Catholic voters several loopholes allowing them to ignore a candidate’s abortion stand if other “morally grave reasons” prevail. It remains to be seen, whether the new supplements will magnify these flaws or keep them buried in theological mumbo-jumbo where they belong.

We can fully expect, however, the redacted version of Faithful Citizenship to put the immigration issue front and center. This placement will create the impression of a de facto moral equivalence with settled life issues such as abortion. The bishops approved language that virtually guaranteed these new shorter materials will “apply the teachings of Pope Francis to our day.”

But just as in 2016 when the bishops pressed the immigration issue, it won’t work in 2020. For one thing, Pope Francis has spent all the capital of good will created by his election and his successful U.S. visit. Pope Francis, as it were, has no ‘coattails.’

If the bishops produce election materials that recast Faithful Citizenship to fit the Pope’s vision, it will only create greater distance between the bishops and their faithful. They will be relegating themselves to becoming just another cadre of grumpy Never-Trumpers.

At the very least, the bishops could have expressed common ground with the Trump administration on his efforts to defuse the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. After all, doesn’t this come under the rubric of “world peace”?

The bishops, instead, focused on the president’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. The USCCB itself has been asked to sign the Paris declaration by its own Catholic Climate Covenant created in 2006. How much money will it cost Catholics if the bishops decide to play in European politics on that issue?

Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, the bishops ignored the opportunity of voicing solidarity with the president’s pro-life agenda and his the quest for peace between North and South Korea. Instead they prepared to sharpen their knives for the 2020 election. Is this what we now call “evangelization”.

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Michael June 19, 2018 at 12:27 PM

Steve, I have heard you say that you don’t like Michael Voris, which obviously is your right to do so, but, he is spot on with his Vortex episode from today (and yesterday) which happens to agree with this article. Here it is.

Richard McKeever June 20, 2018 at 1:58 PM

No Catholic can support the democrats. Their unflinching views are totally against everything Catholics believe. Their stance on Abortion automaticaly puts them in conflict with Catholic doctrine, their stance against our freedom to practice our religion and to defend atheistic ideals over the teachings of Jesus corrodes our very belief’s . No number of priest can ever change their stance and they should never endorse such theology as promoted by Liberals who teach nothing but intolerance towards others who do not think as they do. Republicans are the party of God, all others are of the Anti Christ. Priests who teach other wise are being led astray by false teachings, and self promotion of their ideals, and not those of our Lord and Saviour.

Kevin June 21, 2018 at 12:07 PM

I don’t get the Bishops they want to introduce a new canonical Law excommunicating Trump supporters
who question rampant unchecked illegal immigration at a cost of US$30k annually.Most Bishops , Priest and religious are mostly DNC supporters.

Pelosi/Schumer/Obama/Clintons are Communist. Thus anti-god
The Democratic party rejected GOD officially in 2012 at convention.
The Democratic party is still the party of slavery
The Democratic party is still the party of the KKK that burned crosses on rectory lawns
The Democratic party is the follower of Satan look at actions of Clinton’s and other leaders perverse public sexuality practices.
The Democratic party mission is the destruction of the family.
The Democratic party is the party of the Culture of Death
The Democratic party is the party of Corruption

The Bishops don’t understand or don’t care to learn that the supposed catholic influx from Mexico are not practicing Catholics. Less Than 1% of Mexico City Catholics attend Mass Less than 5% in rest of Country. State of Jalisco (GuadaLajara) 40% attend mass weekly also most priestly vocations emanate from here. This info was given to me in 2012 from Fr Pablo Straub my boss in Acapulco. he was advised of this info by Archbishop of Acapulco who was about to retire.. I lived here 2 yrs I saw it!

What have the Bishops done to the Kennedy Clan Bidens Pelosi Durbins who support Abortion Homosexual Marriage Euthanasia contraceptives abortifacients? The Pope is confused on German Communion to divorcees and Non catholics? Says mass in Ciudad Juarez and moks US believers/

This is all very frustrating and lacking Common sense responses.

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