Catholic Vote is set to launch $500,000 worth of commercials in the swing states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Nevada in the days approaching the presidential election. The campaign highlights the negative remarks highlighted in the Wikileaks emails in attempts to get Catholics fired up to vote in this election. Polling suggests right now that most Catholics will (or already have) vote for Clinton over Trump, just ask the majority of Catholics voted for Obama over Romney in 2012. This data flips when only practicing Catholics are polled (defined as going to Mass once or more per week).
It is notable the large role uncontrolled sexual behavior has played in this election. While Secretary Clinton’s apparent desires doesn’t seem to be for sex, it seems she lusts for money and power. These longings probably lead to her seeming passivity towards her husband’s gross infractions which range from infidelity all the way to accusations of literal rape.
Disordered understandings of sexual nature lead to bad action. These bad actions damage not only the soul but also the body, mind, and lives of the bad actors (along with those around them). This is what happens when people attempt to break the natural law that permeates the space-time of our universe. We don’t break these moral laws, we break ourselves against them.
That’s why it’s amazing to see people who likely have impressive control over most aspects of life–leading to positions such as President of the United States for example–have such an inability to control certain other desires. Seeing people with so much to lose, people who have the abilityto do so much good in their position, risk everything on satisfying temporal sexual pleasure shows the strength of man’s fallen nature. With the expanding embrace of moral relativism and, more specifically, the anything-goes, judge-not attitudes towards sexual activities.
Last weekend we were reminded of how someone in the powerful, influential, and prominent position of Hillary Clinton can be brought down by the inability to control one’s passions. This time it was the husband of her longtime aide and friend Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner. His inability to be faithful to his wife, or just stop sending Weiner pix (hey, that’s his name!) to women has the potential of bringing down a presidential candidate.
Since the ‘sexual revolution’, the West has been spoon-fed a lie: That fulfilling any sexual wishes “liberates” the individual. But it would seem those who seek liberation through these pleasures are always end up slaves to their passions and ultimately broken by their choices. If only we had a way of knowing this…oh, look, the Roman Catholic Church has a blueprint already:
…self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom.
Of course none of this will ever become a learning opportunity to discuss on mainstream platforms. People will continue behaving–and ruining lives–like this with the blessing of popular culture. That is, until it’s exciting (and profitable) to make scandal out of it.☩
Donald Trump sat down with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo for a 16-minute interview covering topics ranging from his thinking of women to how Hillary views Catholics to St. John Paul II to if he’s saying “bigly” or “big league”. No need to opine on the interview here because there’s no longer a need for Trump to make his argument on why he’d be better for the Church, and Christians in general, than his opponent as president (at least for rationally thinking people). I will say Mr. Arroyo’s questions were pretty good though. Transcript and Video:
One of the reasons Donald Trump has the support he does is because there is a real feeling that he is acting as a representative for people who have been pushed aside and neglected by politicians on both sides of the aisle (despite Republicans paying lip service).
Last night at New York’s Al Smith dinner, a high society event hosted by New York’s archbishop Cardinal Dolan to raise money for Catholic charities, Trump did what many Christians longed to see someone do on a public stage by calling his presidential opponent out for hating Catholics. Mr. Trump was referencing the recent Wikileak revelations in which Clinton’s campaign manager mocked and sought to undermine Church teaching from within with fake ‘front’ groups. Trump said to the glitzy crowd:
“Hillary believes that it’s vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private. Here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.”
Despite the jeers of the crowd, how satisfying it is to see someone actually say that with her present, unable to ignore.
Trump went on to subtly address WikiLeaks again along with praising the Catholic Church’s mission to create a culture of life before ending his speech:
We can also agree on the need to stand up to anti-Catholic bias, to defend religious liberty and to create a culture that celebrates life.
This is within 24 hours of Trump calling Hillary out for her support of late-term and partial-birth abortion too, describing the process in a way that most politicians would never consider in today’s politically correct culture:
I think it’s terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying. In the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that that’s OK and Hillary can say that that’s OK, but it’s not okay with me.
Can you imagine any other pro-life republicans using those terms in such a direct comment to their opponent? I can’t. The lexicon of politicians is typically one that is carefully curated through study and focus testing. Trump, over and over, seems to say the things everyday Americans are dying for someone to say to the most powerful people in our country. In the same debate he gave a no-nonsense defense of gun rights and spoke of how much he honors and appreciates the endorsement of the NRA. Even the pro-gun republicans (who are likely much more principled than Trump on the issue) seem to have weak knees when it comes to embracing the NRA. People are sick of their representatives and the media not sticking up for the people whose voices tend to be ignored if not ridiculed. This is why, despite his deep flaws, Trump is resonating.☩
In an email exchange recently uncovered via WikiLeaks, we are offered a glimpse of what Hillary Clinton’s Campaign thinks about Catholics. The exchange is between John Podesta (Chairman of Clinton Campaign), Jennifer Palmieri (Director of Communications for Clinton Campaign), and John Halpin (Center for American Progress).
Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups. It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.