Skip to content

Why are Catholics supporting Trump?

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
3/29/2016 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Catholics are tired of being taken for granted and cheated.

Catholics are closing ranks behind Trump, causing many inside the Beltway to ask why. However, Catholics are facing the same struggles as other Americans and they do not see establishment insiders as offering hope of anything better.

Donald Trump is enjoying the support of a majority of Catholic voters.

Donald Trump is enjoying the support of a majority of Catholic voters.

Highlights

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/29/2016 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Trump, Catholics, support, Republican, election, GOP, Church


LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The Catholic vote is one of the most important votes in the nation. Catholics make key voting blocs in swing states, such as Ohio, so how Catholics go, so too does the nation. It was Catholics who elected Obama, twice.

Catholic voters can be difficult to predict. Instead of being single issue voters, they are more like the general electorate, voting for the person who supports their interests. About half of all Catholics support contraception and nearly half, abortion. Catholics are also divided on issues such as immigration reform, with some believing the nation must do more to welcome immigrants, while others feel we should follow a strict policy which excludes many.


However, Catholic have one thing in common, they don't like being told what to do. This may seem ironic for members of a Church that is also one of the planet's last absolute monarchies. And while Catholics will often listen to the Pope, sometimes begrudgingly, they will absolutely rail against fellow Catholics, including clergy, who tell them who they cannot vote for.

Recently, a pair of Catholic thinkers published a piece criticizing Donald Trump and those who support him in the National Review. The piece drew intense fire from Catholics who did not appreciate being criticized because of their support for Trump.

So why are Catholics rallying behind Trump?

The reason has to do with the general disgust felt by Catholics in general. American Catholics face the same problems as all other Americans. They're tired of establishment politics that they feel has sold them out. Many have been working for a decade without seeing a significant rise in pay. They see perpetual war which is making them weary. They are tired of Obama and his policies which the Republicans seem unwilling to actually fight. They're tired of Republican ineptitude.

As for the clergy, they're tired of ineffective sermonizing that has done nothing to change the country. Problems such as abortion, remain problems. Human trafficking, illegal immigration, drug abuse and other moral issues remain as pervasive as ever.

Indeed, if the Church had the right approach it would be much more effective, spreading virally instead of shrinking.

So Catholics tend to take exception when these same people tell them how to vote.

Catholics are choosing Trump because he seems to be their best choice for genuine, conservative change. Time and again, Catholics have sent so-called conservatives to Congress only to be quickly disappointed. Consider John Boehner (R-OH), who was formerly Speaker of the House. The morning after the last midterm elections, which gave Republicans a very clear mandate to shut down Obama's policies, especially on the issue of religious freedom and Obamacare, Boehner met with Obama and renewed their friendship.

Catholics want someone who will fight for their interests, not sit down to coffee with their enemies.

Until Republicans get the hint that Catholics want sincere and solid, moral leadership in Washington, they will continue to vote against establishment incumbents and in favor of insurgent candidates.

Right now, that means Trump.

Find Daily Reading videos here-SUBSCRIBE

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2017
Parishes.
That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.


Comments


More Politics & Policy

It's time to regulate Facebook and other social media Watch

Image of It's time to regulate social media as we do cable companies.

Social media has become a massive industry, raking in tends of billions of dollars annually. More importantly, social media has usurped ... continue reading


President Trump delivers first speech to UN, putting North Korea, Iran, terrorists and socialists on notice Watch

Image of President Trump delivered his first speech to the UN this morning.

President Trump has addressed the UN, using the opportunity to put North Korea and Iran on notice, and to emphasize that he will advocate ... continue reading


Supreme Court could consider landmark religious liberty case this term Watch

Image of Will Christians be forced to participate in activities that are against their sincerely held religious beliefs?

A Colorado baker's fight to maintain his freedom of expression could be the most influential religious freedom decisions of the US Supreme ... continue reading


It's the leading non-natural cause of death for people around the world, but you may have never heard about it by name Watch

Image of Democide takes many forms including artificially induced famine.

What is the leading cause of non-natural death for people around the world? Is it murder? Terrorism? War? The answer may surprise you. ... continue reading


Sen. Bob Corker joins ranks of seditious who want to overthrow a democratically elected government Watch

Image of Sen. Bob Corker has not apologized for his actions. It is unknown if the will face a penalty for his sedition.

Senator Bob Corker has blasted a sitting president who belongs to his own party, and made remarks that border on sedition. As chairperson ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.