Trump to Catholic leaders: ‘I am, and will remain, pro-life’

Trump to Catholic leaders: ‘I am, and will remain, pro-life’

DENVER, October 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has told Catholic leaders he will remain pro-life, “protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith,” and promote homeschooling in two letters released this week.

Since Mr. Trump could not attend the 18th Annual Catholic Leadership Conference in Denver this Tuesday through Thursday, he expressed his views on issues important to them in a letter dated October 5.

He praised U.S. Catholics both for “marching in the civil rights movement” and their leading role in “founding and helping the ongoing growth of the pro-life cause.”

“On issues and policies of greatest concern to Catholics, the differences between myself and Hillary Clinton are stark,” he wrote in the letter, obtained by the Catholic News Agency.

“Hillary 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, educational choice and home schooling,” he wrote.

But he highlighted the trouble the HHS mandate poses to faithful business owners and religious orders that do not spend every waking moment cloistered in contemplation.

“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 healthcare 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 wrote. “That is a hostility to religious liberty you will never see in a Trump administration.”

Secretary Clinton’s efforts to stymie Catholics who would live out their faith in the public square is compounded by her choice of running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, a self-professed “devout” Catholic who favors partial birth abortion, Trump continued.

Mr. Trump’s letter also noted that “Kaine no longer supported traditional marriage.” Pollsters credit Kaine’s 70-plus interruptions of Mike Pence during Monday’s vice presidential debate with halting his ticket’s recent momentum in the polls.

Trump then pivoted to his presidential platform.

“On life, I am, and will remain, pro-life,” he promised. He had previously pledged to sign the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, make the Hyde amendment permanent, and to defund Planned Parenthood if it continues to perform abortions.

He reiterated his promise to appoint only pro-life judges to the court. “I will appoint Justices to the Supreme Court who will strictly interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench, like Justice Clarence Thomas and the late and beloved great Catholic thinker and jurist, Justice Antonin Scalia,” he wrote.

“I will defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, business owners and academic institutions,” he continued. The reference could be interpreted not just as opposition to the HHS mandate but also the Obama administration’s executive branch efforts to grant new privileges to homosexuals and transgender people through a unilateral reinterpretation of civil rights law.

He also highlighted his support for educational policy reform, vowing “to expand educational choice, the rights of homeschooling families, and end Common Core.”

The letter – sent to a conference featuring such Catholic leaders as Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life, and EWTN radio and TV host Teresa Tomeo – follows another letter Mr. Trump sent to Catholic Vote on October 1. The letter responded to Catholic Vote’s query on the subject of religious liberty.

“As president, I promise that I will protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith, to serve their communities, and to act on their beliefs without fear,” he wrote in the October 1 letter.

That approach, he said, is “just common sense. And I don’t care if people call it politically incorrect.”

Mr. Trump will debate Secretary Clinton for the second time on Sunday evening. The townhall format allows readers to submit a question for consideration online before the event begins.

The October 5 letter reads in full at

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11 comments on “Trump to Catholic leaders: ‘I am, and will remain, pro-life’

  1. Good talking, sweet talking Donald. (At least he’s listening to Kallyanne and Mike Pence.) I don’t trust that he’ll follow through, but I’ll vote for him because I trust that Hillary will do egregious evil.

  2. I think DT needs to do a major mea culpa after yesterday’s disclosure. He needs to confess that he is a changed man, inasmuch as that is possible for him to do so. Then he needs to highlight his commitments made above and accentuate how HC and her wretched policies are clearly hostile to religious practice and to the basic principles of common decency.

    • Trash-Talking Trump

      Written by Michael Matt | Editor

      CNN is shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that Donald Trump said some bad things years ago.

      Well, isn’t this something! While we all wait for Commissioner Gordon to call an emergency meeting of Gotham City Council, we sit in stunned disbelief over the cartoonish hypocrisy of the media. These wretched human beings spend 24/7 ramming their pro-sodomy, pro-abortion, pro-perversion agenda down the throats of the American people, and now here they are pretending to faint away in horror over Donald Trump’s potty-mouthed locker-room banter eleven years ago.

      Shame on Donald Trump, scold the media hypocrites… for talking about the vile things Bill Clinton actually did—things which Grandma Clinton covered up, smoothed over, lied about and denied. Sure, Trump’s horrific banter would be a campaign killer in the America in which I grew up. But today? In 2016…after decades of perversion-peddling by the most powerful people in government, media and entertainment? The word “pervert” itself has lost its meaning under the watch of these perverts. These same charlatans screaming for Donald Trump’s head today, spent the last year demanding that men be given the right to use girls’ showers and restrooms all over America.

      This moral indignation coming from the morally bankrupt is just a wee bit over the top. And it’s all about one thing, of course: Getting Grandma Clinton back in the White House. Dinesh D’Souza summed it up nicely on FNC yesterday: “We have seen a biased media in my entire adult lifetime, but never before have I seen the media so aggressively huffing and puffing to drag this crooked hag across the finish line.”

      Trump is no saint. (Was there ever any doubt of that?) He’s a product of the age. Over at Remnant TV last week we took some heat for contending that Donald Trump lost the first debate to Hillary Clinton, and lost badly, not merely on points, but also on character. He can be manipulated, either by flattery or insult—a characteristic not typical of men and women with strong moral character. Trump seems to be trying to cover something up about himself—something that looks like a perpetually guilty conscience.

      Across the aisle, on the other hand, his robotic opponent manifests the classic traits of the psychopath, starting with a soulless inability to feel any guilt at all, which I suppose is to be expected of a woman who has been campaigning for years for a mother’s right to kill her babies. Clinton seems to have no conscience, but exhibits a remorseless megalomania reminiscent of that of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

      Trump is what he is. And now he’s been caught on tape saying that which should surprise only those who know nothing about billionaire real-estate tycoons who moonlight in the casino racket. That said, I’ll let God judge Donald Trump. I neither excuse nor am I surprised by his antics, which brings us back to the point we were trying to make on RTV: Many good people may vote for Donald Trump even though they know exactly what he is. Why? Because this election is bigger than Donald Trump, who needs a confessor right now, by the way, unlike his opponent who needs to be arrested.

      And if you want to blame anyone for the rise of Donald Trump to the top of the political dung heap, blame the insufferable RINOs—Paul Ryan, George H.W. Bush (who is voting for Hillary, by the way) Mitt Romney, John McCain and the rest of the faux conservatives in the GOP who’ve been lying to pro-life, pro-family, pro-God America for decades, and who have been so busy “reaching across the aisle” that they finally just fell over into the other side, causing millions of good people to walk away in disgust.

      Blame Hillary Clinton and her colossal ambition which have caused millions to, as Maureen Mullarkey put it in her recent column, be ready to:

      … vote for Homer Simpson before I would let this woman into the Oval Office. A vote for Clinton is a vote to roll belly up and let the bloody-handed avatar of a banana republic eat our entrails. To award the presidency to a squalid grifter—one with a treasonous slush fund called a foundation—would be a sin against the franchise.

      Blame the media, whose hypocrisy is without precedent in modern times and whose promotion of the democratic ticket—no matter who is on it—has polarized this country.

      And all of this is not to minimize Donald Trump behaving like an adolescent jackass whose mother needs to wash his mouth out with a bar soap.

      Still, given all we know about Donald Trump, why is it that the world, the flesh and media are summoning all the powers of hell to crush this man? What are they so afraid of? It’s obviously not the man himself, who managed to stumble to where he is now almost by default, so inept was the field against which he campaigned. He’s not an intellectual giant, carefully plotting the overthrow of the liberal establishment. He’s no saint, preparing to rule America with a Bible in his hand.

      So, what then? Why do they hate him? There’s only one possibility: It’s because of what he now represents and the unpleasant reminders his campaign promises bring to the fore at a moment when total victory was at hand for the most vicious Christophobes in history. Donald Trump—the grossly inept politician—is saying all the wrong things (as far as they’re concerned) in his bid to gain the trust of the disenfranchised millions of Americans who still believe in God and the rights of the unborn and family and children.

      The Christophobes have controlled their opposition, even coopted it (in the case of the GOP), and now THIS! Donald Trump blunders in, incredibly, and puts all the issues that matter most back on the table, bringing the disgruntled masses to their feet again, inspired and ready to fight. He’s taken on the entire faux conservative establishment on the one hand, while blasting great big gaping holes in the hull of the far-Left destroyer on the other.

      He’s an incredibly flawed human being, yes, but Trump knows what’s required to win. And in this case, winning means taking on the causes that matter to the people he’s supposed to represent. His logic was sound: I’m supposed to be a conservative. Conservatives believe this and that. Therefore, I must embrace this and that.

      And for Trump, “this and that” meant:

      1- Making bold statements claiming to be pro-life

      2- Appointing the most passionate pro-life, pro-God, pro-family VP America has seen in decades

      3- Promising to appoint pro-life and strict constitutionalist judges to SCOTUS.

      4- Promising to repeal the Johnson Amendment

      5- Promising to protect religious freedom

      6- Promising to put an end to the George Soros “world without borders” nightmare

      7- Promising to repeal Obamacare—raw socialism at its worst

      8- Promising to recall Common Core, while protecting home-schooling

      9- Standing for law and order at a moment when chaos in the streets is being orchestrated intentionally in order to achieve power for a global elite

      10- Vowing to defund Planned Parenthood and protect the Hyde Amendment

      11- Standing strong for the right of Americans to defend themselves

      And on and on it goes. They don’t hate Trump. They hate you. They hate me. They hate God. They hate the unborn. They hate America. And in order to win the White House, Trump has declared himself champion of all that they hate. How much this all actually means to Trump is irrelevant to them. What they’re terrified of is the reinvigorated people and ideas he now represents. And for that, the billionaire playboy has become Public Enemy Number One to the media, Hollywood, Washington and the rest of the satellites of Hell in this country.

      Trump finds himself in the middle of a global revolution against God and family that he himself doesn’t even begin to understand. The Catholic Church—the only moral voice the world ever had to obey—has silenced herself. Politicians are in on the fix. In his own bumbling way, Trump truly is an outsider—not in the sense CNN uses the word, but an actual outsider who isn’t on the planning committee of the New World Order, and thus he must be destroyed.

      I’m not defending Donald Trump or the beastly things he said on that tape. We get the leaders we deserve, and at the end of the day our ultimate help is not in the name of Donald Trump or any other politician but rather in the Name of the Lord Who made heaven and earth. To the extent that we even have a dog in this fight we’re considering short term survival and the protection of our children.

      As Catholics we are not obliged to sit out the political process (no matter how inadequate it is) that directly impacts our families and our lives. Holy Mother Church tells us we must do whatever we can to mitigate the circumstances and to make the best of a terrible situation. It is our right before God and our fellowmen.

      And this blitzkrieg against Trump that is being waged by the Clinton Machine and their willing accomplices in the mainstream media is so much smoke and mirrors, designed to confuse and distract the masses just long enough for the Godless globalist maniacs to take the next step—and it’s going to be a doozy!

      This past week we did a RTV video on single issue politics. We chose abortion as our first example of a single issue that trumps all others. If Trump isn’t assassinated or forced to resign, we’ll continue to offer videos in support of the issues that help good people justify a vote for conflicted and damaged goods.

      This week, we’ve chosen the Second Amendment—under the belief that the reason the hateful Left in this country so despises the Second Amendment has nothing to do with a genuine desire on their part to curb gun violence in our cities—violence their policies are fomenting and they themselves are using to their own advantage. Rather, it’s part of their larger plan to emasculate America and to put an end the idea that American citizens can defend themselves, feed themselves or even think for themselves without the mighty federal government.

      The war on the Second Amendment is a key psychological component to the establishment of the nanny state.

      Watch this video, and decide for yourself if it really makes no difference who gets elected next month when it comes to this week’s single issue: The Second Amendment.

  3. Election 2016: Taking the “lesser of two evils” to where no man has gone before.

  4. Batman: In all of this confusion and hysteria, don’t forget the rule that applies here: if a liberal pro-abortion candidate has actually raped women, his private sexual conduct is irrelevant to whether he is fit for office. But if a Republican candidate says a bad word on a hot microphone he must be run out of town or even be sentenced to prison.

    Robin: But one thing confused me, Batman.

    Batman: What confuses you, Robin?

    Robin: Well, when liberals and feminists carry on in performances of The Vagina Monologues on college campuses, saying these bad words is praised. But when Donald Trump says them, they act shocked and upset.

    Batman: That does present a logical dilemma, Robin.

    Robin: But why are liberals unable to see that, Batman?

    Batman: Perhaps their confusion is deeper than we can imagine.
    Of course, that’s no excuse for resorting to filthy language.

    Robin: I guess you’re right, Batman.

    Batman: Which is why you will be working on your Latin homework tonight.

    Robin: I will?

  5. Catwoman: Batman, you are so right about liberals. And these Republicans! They remonstrate over lewdness, but support candidates who would murder my unborn child! Don’t worry, Bruce, Leonard is a doctor. Whoops!

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