40 neo-Catholics endorse “Anybody (including Hillary or Bernie) But The Donald”

[40 neo-Catholics endorse “Anybody (including Hillary or Bernie) but The Donald”]
Dear Catholics: Stop Trump, says National Review appeal

[Another NR “venture in triviality”?]

March 7, 2016

In an appeal to the faithful, 40 conservative Catholic leaders have denounced GOP frontrunner Donald Trump as a demagogue and danger to the nation and the Republican Party.

The open letter appeared in The National Review on March 7, one day before the Michigan Republican primary, which could give Trump an almost-unbeatable delegate lead in the GOP nominating race if he posts a strong win.

Robert P. George, of Princeton University and George Weigel, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, headed the charge, and the appeal was also signed by opinion leaders from academia and religious media.

The letter denounces Trump for “vulgarity, oafishness, shocking ignorance, and — we do not hesitate to use the word — demagoguery.”

Worse, they wrote, he’s the opposite of what Catholics should seek in a leader.

George and Weigel wrote of Trump that there is “nothing in his campaign or his previous record that gives us grounds for confidence that he genuinely shares our commitments to the right to life, to religious freedom and the rights of conscience, to rebuilding the marriage culture, or to … the principle of limited constitutional government.”

Those causes have been championed by the GOP, the authors wrote, but a Trump nomination would threaten the party’s commitment to those issues.

The appeal, in the pages of the magazine founded by conservative icon author William F. Buckley, Jr., comes less than a month after its editors issued a similar denunciation of Trump in its January edition.

On Jan. 21, Trump fired back on Twitter:
“National Review is a failing publication that has lost it’s way. It’s circulation is way down with its influence being at an all time low. Sad!”

Ahead of Tuesday’s Michigan primary, a new Fox News-funded pre-election poll of likely Republican voters showed the New York billionaire was a popular choice among Catholic voters.

Trump’s recent kerfuffle with Pope Francis (who called the candidate’s stance[sic; His Holiness actually labelled him as such; i.e., he spoke “ad hominem” not “ad rem”] on immigration “not Christian”) has not dissuaded Catholics.

According to the poll, Trump, with 52 per cent of Catholic voters, leads Sen. Marco Rubio (16 per cent) Ohio Gov. John Kasich (14 per cent) and Sen. Tex Cruz (11 per cent) with Catholics.

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8 comments on “40 neo-Catholics endorse “Anybody (including Hillary or Bernie) But The Donald”

  1. [The rogues’ gallery from NR]

    Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Princeton University

    George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies Ethics and Public Policy Center

    Ryan T. Anderson, William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow The Heritage Foundation

    Stephen M. Barr, University of Delaware

    Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church–State Studies Baylor University

    Mary Ellen Bork, Ethics and Public Policy Center Board

    Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law University of Notre Dame

    Don J. Briel, John Henry Newman Chair of Liberal Arts University of Mary

    Brian Burch, President, CatholicVote.org.

    James C. Capretta, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

    Joseph Cella, Founder, National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

    Grazie Pozo Christie, M.D. The Catholic Association

    Ann Corkery, Founder, Catholic Voices USA

    Neil Corkery, Sudan Relief Fund

    David Paul Deavel, Interim Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture

    Mary Eberstadt, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

    Eduardo Echeverria, Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology Sacred Heart Major Seminary

    Thomas F. Farr, Director, Religious Freedom Project Georgetown University

    Matthew J. Franck, Director, William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution, Witherspoon Institute

    Anna Halpine, Founder, World Youth Alliance

    Mary Rice Hasson, Director, Catholic Women’s Forum, Ethics and Public Policy Center

    Stephen J. Heaney, Associate Professor of Philosophy University of St. Thomas

    John P. Hittinger Pope John Paul II Forum, Center for Thomistic Studies University of St. Thomas

    Elizabeth M. Kelly, Managing Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture

    Rachel Lu, Senior Contributor, The Federalist

    Bruce D. Marshall, Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University

    Robert T. Miller, Professor of Law and F. Arnold Daum Fellow in Corporate Law University of Iowa College of Law

    Kate O’Beirne, Former Washington Editor, National Review

    C. C. Pecknold, The Catholic University of America

    Robert Royal, Faith and Reason Institute

    Deborah Savage, Professor of Philosophy and Theology University of St. Thomas

    Timothy Samuel Shah, Religious Freedom Project Georgetown University

    Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom Hudson Institute

    Hilary Towers, Developmental psychologist and author

    David R. Upham, Associate Professor of Politics University of Dallas

    Edward Whelan, Ethics and Public Policy Center

    Stephen P. White, Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

    Titles and affiliations of each individual are provided for identification purposes only. The views expressed are those of the individual signatories and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization or entity.

    Read more at: www.nationalreview.com/article/432437/donald-trump-catholic-opposition-statement

  2. Another good reason to vote for Trump !

  3. “Trump’s recent kerfuffle with Pope Francis (who called the candidate’s stance[sic; His Holiness actually labelled him as such; i.e., he spoke “ad hominem” not “ad rem”] on immigration “not Christian”) has not dissuaded Catholics.”

    Lol, with people and entities like George Weigel, Robert P. George, the National Review and Jorge Bergoglio denouncing Trump it’s no wonder Trump is doing so well with Catholics.
    If I wasn’t a Trump supporter already I definitely would be now.

  4. Robert George, George Weigel, et al. Compose an Appeal While Sipping Brandy at the Club

    Posted by Oakes Spalding at MahoundsParadise.blogspot.com/2016/03/robert-p-george-george-weigel-et-al.html

    It’s here.

    I cannot take this pretentious piece of tripe seriously. I just can’t.

    Before I go on, let me say that Robert George, George Weigel and many of the others on the list have done much great work for the Catholic faith.

    But this is laughable.

    It starts with the very title–“An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics and to all men and women of good will.”

    What, are they all wearing 18th century wigs or something?

    Then there is a bit of blah blah.

    And finally the names and titles–Senior Fellow of This, Chair of That, Founder of This, Director of That, Distinguished Blithery Blathery Senior Fellow of the Blathery Blithery School of Blither Blather at Barsoom University. And so on.

    It makes you feel sorry for the one guy that simply called himself an Interim Editor.

    It is, of course, an anti-Trump joint.

    “Vulgar…oafish…shockingly ignorant…demagogic…”

    Well, excuse me, but there’s another fellow who has actually been in, shall we say, power for the last three years who easily satisfies all of these referents, and who has been doing far more real damage, at least to the things Catholics care about, than Trump the candidate or even Trump the president ever could.

    Where have they been on that one?

    Clinging to their endowed chairs, I think.

    I don’t have information on all of them but I know George and Weigel have been doing precisely that. In some instances they have been defenders, enablers and collaborators with that demagogue. And I’m talking about doing it way past the point where such conduct is reasonable or excusable.

    Well, I have a family to feed too. So I partly understand. Nevertheless (in their words) I urge George, Weigel and the rest to consider the future of our Church and reject the project of the current occupant of the Chair of St. Peter. Or, to put it another way,

    Man up.

  5. Mr. Trump sounded the clarion call but these puffed-up egos can’t stand it. Notice that they offer no viable alternative to the tax-and-spend democrats and RINOs who have brought our country to the brink of financial ruin. Maybe there are others who have better moral ground upon which to base their candidacy but who are they and where are they? I learned a long time ago not to trust ego-filled academics and their associates in the media.

  6. Opus Dei rides to the RINO rescue.

    Which is more laughable, the drama queen-like rhetoric or the hubris that they represent authoritative Catholic opinion and have any political influence?

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