About 22 percent of all Americans are Catholic says Wikipedia and Live Science. While no group in the U.S. is entirely homogenous in their voting, that roughly 22 percent total of potential voters is a magnet for competing campaigns seeking votes.
While there are competing claims on how the Catholic vote went in 2016, NCROnline said that “Catholic voters gave 52 percent of their vote to Donald Trump and only 45 percent of their vote to Hillary [Clinton]…The Catholic vote for Trump continues the trend of Catholics almost always voting for winners in presidential elections.” The left-of-center, Jeff Bezos owned Washington Post reported that 2016 “Exit polls show white evangelical voters voted in high numbers for Donald Trump, 80-16 percent…”
With just one more night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in last week’s rear view mirror, that brief backdrop reflects the significance of the Catholic vote in the rapidly approaching national election.
With that point in mind, right-of-center Breitbart reports that a Boston priest, Msgr. Paul Garrity, proclaimed via Facebook that “I am pro-life and I believe in a woman’s right to choose.” Msgr. Garrity, then specifically endorsed fellow Catholic and the Democratic Nominee, Joe Biden. “I will vote for Joe Biden for President because I believe that Joe Biden is Pro-life like me.”
Breitbart says that post has since been removed. No surprise, as several state bishop’s conference websites have words like these on the topic that forbid a priest to “endorse, oppose or campaign for or against any political party or candidate.”
The Boston priest said that “Catholics and others who believe as I believe should elect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States of America.”
“I am pro-life and I believe that every woman who becomes pregnant deserves to have the freedom to choose life. This is what I believe Joe Biden believes and is one of the many reasons that I will vote for him in November,” Msgr. Garrity said in his deleted August 23 post titled “I AM PRO-LIFE AND SUPPORT JOE BIDEN.”
Garrity tried to justify his position, but his own words undercut his flawed argument that contradicts Catholic Church teaching on the subject. The apparently wayward-priest said that “in the 2016 election, church-going Catholics were told they had no choice by bishops and priests.” Garrity added, “I am hopeful this will not happen again.”
While no specific party or candidate is endorsed or opposed, Catholics are taught that moral principles should guide their election choices. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”
Abortion “is gravely contrary to the moral law,” the Catechism says. Thus, a person who procures or encourages abortion incurs automatic excommunication from the Church “by the very commission of the offense.”
With that understanding, last Friday, Tennessee Bishop Rick Stika questioned Joe Biden’s claims to being a devout Catholic. Bishop Stika indicated that Biden’s public stance against Church teaching regarding abortion means he is not in full communion with the Church.
“[I] Don’t understand how Mr. Biden can claim to be a good and faithful Catholic as he denies so much of Church teaching especially on the absolute child abuse and human rights violations of the most innocent, the not yet born,” Bishop Stika wrote.
And he also praises his sidekick who has shown time and time again in senate hearings that she is an anti-Catholic bigot. So sad for this team. But also, I never thought the current President was all that pro-life but he is anti-abortion as well as helpful in religious liberty.
— Bishop Rick Stika (@BishopStika) August 21, 2020
Last May, Providence, Rhode Island’s bishop said a person cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion because it would be a “contradiction in terms.”
Just saw a headline in a Catholic newspaper with the phrase “pro-abortion Catholic.” Sorry. That’s a contradiction in terms. You can’t be a Catholic, at least not an authentic one, and be “pro-abortion.” Or “pro-choice.” It’s the same thing.
— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) May 7, 2020
“Just saw a headline in a Catholic newspaper with the phrase ‘pro-abortion Catholic.’ Sorry. That’s a contradiction in terms,” wrote Bishop Thomas J. Tobin on Twitter. “You can’t be a Catholic, at least not an authentic one, and be ‘pro-abortion.’ Or ‘pro-choice.’ It’s the same thing.”
This week at the RNC, references to God from various branches of Christianity and other believers in a divine Creator of all abounded. The above tees up tonight’s featured focus, which is legendary Coach Lou Holtz’s RNC speech.
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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business
- End of a 200-year run
- A pedestrian walks past a shuttered Lord and Taylor department store following their filing for bankruptcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic on May 12, 2020 in Garden City, New York.
- Lord & Taylor was America’s first department store. Now it’s is closing all of its locations
- Even Corporate America thinks the stock market is overvalued
- The Dow briefly turned positive for 2020
- The Fed’s new strategy could keep rates low for longer than you think
- Two Black-led banks merge to form an institution worth more than $1 billion
- See how Amazon’s first-ever wearable is pushing the limits of privacy
- This $5 rapid test is a potential game-changer in Covid testing
- Walmart is joining Microsoft in the pursuit of TikTok
- Opinion: It’s time to raise taxes on the rich
- Software company Okta will let most of its 2,600 employees work remotely permanently
- Want to order the new PlayStation 5? Good luck
- Instacart sued by DC Attorney General over allegedly deceiving customers, failing to pay taxes
- As Tucker Carlson justifies violence, Fox News pays him $10 million a year
- White House says it is creating ‘very large’ dossier on Washington Post journalist and others
- An Under Armour store front is seen on November 04, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. Under Armour stock dipped in price as reports indicate that federal authorities are investigating the company’s accounting practices.
- UCLA sues Under Armour for ending a $280 million sponsorship deal
- HONG KONG, CHINA – 2020/06/29: A general view of the skyline and buildings from the Beacon Hill in Hong Kong.
- Vanguard is leaving Hong Kong to focus on mainland China boom
- People visit the first Costco outlet in China, on the stores opening day in Shanghai on August 27, 2019. China has proved a brutal battleground for overseas food retailers in recent years, with many failing to understand consumer habits and tastes as well as local competitors building a stronger presence.
- Sea cucumbers are helping Costco clean up in China
Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business
- White House announces $750M deal for Abbott Labs’ COVID-19 rapid test
- The $5 test is administered by a healthcare professional using a nasal swab.
- New York City layoffs loom as de Blasio’s deadline draws near
- Restaurant closings can double within next 3 months: investment company CEO
- United Airlines warns thousands of pilots could be grounded by October
- White House looking at executive action to halt airline furloughs, layoffs: Meadows
- Nike weighs in on athletes who refused to play in games over Blake shooting
- Kushner urges NBA players to formulate ‘concrete solutions’ amid Jacob Blake strike
- Fed approves strategy change, paving way for interest rates to remain low for years
- WILBUR ROSS: How Trump is putting US on path toward unparalleled prosperity
- SHARP PROTEST
- Amazon protesters outside Jeff Bezos’ home construct guillotine: Report
- RUMOR REJECTED
- Jordan not interested in buying into Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR team: rep
- PUMPED UP!
- NJ gym owners celebrate reopening date after battle with Gov. Murphy
- MONEY VIRUS
- States launch new push for tax hikes as COVID-19 pandemic squeezes budgets
- STORES ‘SALE’ AWAY
- Lord & Taylor offers going-out-of-business deals as locations shutter
- SAVING SUDS
- Bud Light fan uses beer to save home from wildfire
- BACK FOR ANOTHER SEASON
- Country singer headlining re-imagined ‘Sunday Night Football’ show open
- ‘BRAWL’ WORLD AFTER ALL?
- Man slugs Disney security guard over mask rules, police say
- ‘FIRM’ RESPONSE
- China blasts US sanctions over South China Sea construction
- FEWER IN NEED
- How many Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
- SALTY RESPONSE
- FOOD & DRINK
- Wendy’s slams McDonald’s new spicy nuggets on Twitter
- ‘BIDEN HAS A PLAN’
- Florida’s agriculture chief: Trump’s economy not keeping America great
- Facebook removes self-declared militia ‘Kenosha Guard’ page after fatal shooting deaths
- Ready-to-drink, canned cocktails booming with Bacardi
- Former UAW president charged with conspiracy to embezzle
- Walmart, Microsoft team up in bid for TikTok’s US assets
- Electric startup Bollinger Motors unveils DELIVER-E van
- Starbucks urging employees, customers to vote in 2020
- Chinese Tesla rival XPeng zooms higher in stock-market debut
- Beyond Meat launches online shop for plant-based burgers, faux meats
- US economy plunged an annualized 31.7% in second-quarter
- Delta has put 240 people on ‘no fly list’ for not wearing masks, CEO says
- Disneyland ‘ready’ to reopen when California allows, parks chief says
- FDA authorizes $5 COVID-19 antigen test that’s the size of a credit card
- Tesla on autopilot hits police car as driver watches movie on cellphone
- Ford, Bosch demonstrating automated parking valet in Detroit garage
- SEE IT: Costco free food samples return with new look
- US, China trade jibes as military tensions worsen
- Amazon launches fitness band, app
- WATCH: FOX Business’ Jeff Flock fights winds, tracks hurricane from Louisiana
- Charlotte McKinney launches YouTube channel, promises followers a ‘behind the scenes’ look into her life
- TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns following Trump ban threat
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Rasmussen’s polling was one of the more accurate ones in the 2016 election cycle. Right of center Breitbart reported that former VP Joe “Biden is now at 46 percent support in the national survey of likely voters conducted by Rasmussen. A week ago, the same poll showed Biden at 48 percent.
President Donald Trump’s support increased from 44% last week to 45% in the latest poll.”
That puts the race within the margin of error for national voting. Having noted that, national polls are less important than state-based polls, because it is the electoral college result that will yield the selection for the next president and vice president of the United States.
Lou Holtz’s full speech at the Republican National Convention | 2020 RNC Night 3.
Coach Holtz has appeared on Catholic EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) numerous times in recent years. He hammers on the theme of the importance of using three words as guiding principles, “trust, commitment, and love.”
“One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump,” Holtz said. “The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are ‘Catholics in Name Only’ and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives.”
As a result of the change by Biden away from his more pro-life stance from years gone by and, more broadly, his support for abortion, the former vice president was denied communion last October at a Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina.
Certain Evangelicals pastors believe that support for President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will rise in 2020 over the already strong support from 2016. If so, will the Catholic-Christian vote follow suit?
Time will tell, with the election less than 10 weeks out. Additional campaign coverage is shown in the reports linked below.
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