Catholic Leaders Issue Open Letter Before Elections: STOP TRUMP!

Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore_2 (1)“Vulgarity, oafishness, shocking ignorance, and — we do not hesitate to use the word — demagoguery.” Those are among the charges which 37 of America’s leading Catholics have leveled against GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Princeton Professor Robert George and George Weigel, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, penned an open letter to Catholics which appears in the Monday, March 7 issue of The National Review. Another 35 thought leaders in academia and the media joined George and Weigel in signing the letter, which minces no words in calling out billionaire Donald Trump for his vulgar and low-level campaign. The letter says, in part:

We understand that many good people, including Catholics, have been attracted to the Trump campaign because the candidate speaks to issues of legitimate and genuine concern: wage stagnation, grossly incompetent governance, profligate governmental spending, the breakdown of immigration law, inept foreign policy, stifling “political correctness” — for starters. There are indeed many reasons to be concerned about the future of our country, and to be angry at political leaders and other elites. We urge our fellow Catholics and all our fellow citizens to consider, however, that there are candidates for the Republican nomination who are far more likely than Mr. Trump to address these concerns, and who do not exhibit his vulgarity, oafishness, shocking ignorance, and — we do not hesitate to use the word — demagoguery.

Mr. Trump’s record and his campaign show us no promise of greatness; they promise only the further degradation of our politics and our culture. We urge our fellow Catholics and all our fellow citizens to reject his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination by supporting a genuinely reformist candidate.

Thank you to those Catholic leaders who raised their voices to call their fellow Catholics (and others) to a higher standard: prominent speakers, teachers and writers including Francis Beckwith, Gerard Bradley, Mary Ellen Bork, Don Briel, Brian Burch, Mary Eberstadt, Eduardo Eccheveria, Mary Rice Hasson, Rachel Lu, Kate O’Beirne, and others.

Nobody asked me–but would I join with these prominent Catholics in denouncing the vulgar and self-aggrandizing Trump, and urging Catholics to get behind another candidate?  Yes, I would! 

Tomorrow is the Michigan Primary Election, and Donald Trump leads in the polls. Part of the reason for that is that Catholics are supporting him. I really, really don’t understand it; but please, if you’re one of those who think that The Donald’s type of “change” is a good thing for America, please reconsider.

Read the full letter at The National Review.


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By |2018-01-27T17:39:35+00:00March 7th, 2016|Politics & Culture|


  1. kaysandee March 11, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Amen to Mary Gomez, Raymond Nicholas, and Bill Bannon. What these closet liberals are saying is that they prefer Hillary Clinton! Not one other candidate has even a dogs chance of beating Hillary except Trump. So if you don’t want shifty Hil, then you better vote Trump. She will still probably win, but Donald is the only one with even a shot at her.

  2. Brennan Doherty March 10, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Dear God we are a nation of prissy voters.

    Mideast quagmires? Outsourcing of jobs?

    Hey, we don’t have an answer for that, and we’ll continue the same policies, but please, please don’t vote for Trump. He’s mean and said some bad words!

  3. Mary Gomez March 9, 2016 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Are you Catholic “leaders” the same ones who allow Cecile Richards to speak at Georgetown? and never speak up about international Christian genocide? and never speak up for Sgt Martland? and never speak up for vouchers in DC? and never speak against Obama for his improper actions? and never speak up for American citizens whose wealth is being squandered to the tune of $19 Trillion dollars? and never speak up against illegal aliens? Yes, that’s why Catholics will be resistant (maybe deaf) to your message against Trump. At the least, he speaks up. We don’t hear from you on the issues that matter.

  4. bill bannon March 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Who would be worse…Trump or Clinton? The group should address that as the more likely scenario. This seems like they are addressing the unlikely scenario instead.

  5. Ambey Gill March 8, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I can’t vote, my wife can – but if I could The Trump would sorely tempt me. He’s a maniac, and it’d be fun to see what he’d do. As middle class Caucasian male, nothing to hurt me, I can fairly safely presume.

  6. raymondnicholas March 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Sorry, I do not buy it. Exactly where were the bishops, priests, and nuns, and Catholic professionals (theologians, media, and politicians) for the last forty years as the Church remained silent on grave issues like abortion, failed to teach the Faith to a laity that could now care less about immutable truths, and lost all its moral authority to preach to the public due to past and continuing sexual abuses and active homosexuality among the clergy? Hillary and Donald are nothing more than US! We created the culture in which they thrive and rise to the top and now you bemoan the result? It’s no use speculating on what could have happened if Catholics as a whole remained true to the Faith. Personally, I have no truck with Catholics and other Christians that believe it is in God’s designs for certain of his creations to kill others of his creations in the baby state and believing that engaging is such acts results in a greater moral good, as many progressives say. I will vote for the candidate that believes in life, or none at all.

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