Trump’s Promises to Catholics

As we approach the 2020 presidential election, I recall the 2016 presidential election. In October 2016, shortly before President Trump’s election, I attended and addressed the 18th Annual Catholic Leadership Conference, in Denver Colorado. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were invited to attend and address us.

Donald Trump said that he had a scheduling conflict, but that he would send us a letter. Two days before the conference, Hillary Clinton said that she would not attend.  

While I was at the event, I spoke to my friend, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. He was a member of the Catholic Advisory Group to the Trump campaign. I asked him directly whether they had any real input to the Trump campaign or whether they were just being used as window dressing. Father Frank told me that he had just finished speaking on his cell phone with the director of the Trump campaign and “Yes, they were listening to Catholics and the Catholic Advisory Group.”

 

Mr. Trump sent the letter that he promised to our Conference that you can read here.

He wrote in his letter, “I have a message for Catholics: I will be there for you. I will stand with you. I will fight for you. I am, and will remain, pro-life. I will defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, business owners and academic institutions.”

He wrote that Catholics are “a rich part of our nation's history” and that “the United States was, and is, strengthened through Catholic men, women, priests and religious Sisters.

“Hillary Clinton supports forcing The Little Sisters of the Poor who have taken care of the elderly poor since 1839, to pay for contraceptives in their health care plan (even though they have never wanted them, never used them and never will), and having the government fine them heavily if they continue to refuse to abide by this onerous mandate.”

 
He added that Clinton “has been hostile to the core issues and policies of greatest concern to Catholics: life, religious liberty, Supreme Court nominations, affordable and quality healthcare and educational choice.” Presidential candidate Joe Biden is now hostile to these same core issues.

Mr. Trump continued, “On issues and policies of greatest concern to Catholics …  I will stand with Catholics and fight for you.” He has been true to his word and has done so.

Mr. Trump concluded, “We are at a crossroads in our country. Much like 1980. But the stakes are higher now—the highest they have ever been. We have two candidates representing entirely different agendas for our country that will take it in two completely different directions for generations to come. And our direction offers a much brighter future for our beloved country.
    

“Thank you for giving me the time to share my thoughts with you on some of the critical issues facing us today.

“Please keep me and my family in your prayers.

“God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.”

As Catholics, before we vote, we are called to inform ourselves about the issues and to form our consciences correctly in accordance with the natural moral law and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic bishops of the United States offer a guide,  Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. This is their teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. They urge pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

Let us read the guide, inform ourselves, correctly form our consciences and vote accordingly.
 
Transmit Hope for Peace


While our hope is placed in the eternal city, yet we must labor in the earthly city and transmit hope for its peace. This was what St. Augustine did during the fall of the Roman Empire. Pope Benedict told us what St. Augustine did. “Amid the serious difficulties facing the Roman Empire—and also posing a serious threat to Roman Africa, which was actually destroyed at the end of Augustine's life—this was what he set out to do: to transmit hope, the hope which came to him from faith and which, in complete contrast with his introverted temperament, enabled him to take part decisively and with all his strength in the task of building up the city.” (Pope Benedict XVI. Encyclical Letter, Spe Salvi, Saved by Hope, 23). This task of “building up the city” is hope in action through which we strive to realize God’s blessings.

One of these blessings that only God can bestow is peace on earth of which the angels sang upon His birth in Bethlehem. In 1956, the Blessed Virgin Mary allegedly appeared in Indiana to a mystic, Sister Mildred Ephrem, and allegedly said as follows.

She identified herself as “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.” She said, “I am the Immaculate One, Patroness of your land.” She promised God’s blessing of peace if we followed her requests. This is our hope.

If we are morally resolved to maintain a just and free society and we fulfill the requests of Our Lady of America, we will realize her promise of peace. She said, “It is the United States that is to lead the world to peace.” She is our hope to lead us to purity of hearts, minds and bodies so that we may lead the world to purity and peace. She wants us to help her to once again bring the sunshine of God’s peace upon the world. Then, she said, “God will walk among you and you will have peace.” 
 
Let us pray through the intercession of Our Lady of America that we may be granted morally good leaders who will act according to the revealed will of God and the foundational principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America and that we will have peace, as she promised.
 
Let us pray the Novena to Our Lady of America for true change and hope for America.

 

 

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