Sunday, June 28, 2020
Trump Uses Catholic TV to Attack Catholic Church
Donald Trump did a strange thing. Speaking on a Catholic TV program (albeit the conservative EWTN), he used to opportunity to side against the Pope and the Catholic Church. Strange thing to use a Catholic forum to go after Catholicism.
Asked about Joe Biden's support for the Catholic Church in her opposition to the death penalty and support for addressing climate change, he was asked for his view. The president began his reply by affirming "I am totally in favor of the death penalty for heinous crimes, that's the way it is."
Asked about disgraced Archbishop Carlo Viganò, who has attacked the Holy Father and demanded his resignation, Trump called the anti-papal activist a "great gentleman" and mentioned respect for him.
Trump also blasted the Catholic position on DACA, taking a strong anti-Catholic position of deporting these mostly Catholic adults who came to the USA as young children.
Parts of the interview consisted of incoherent comments by Trump including at one point he seemed to imply he had made a transactional deal with the Catholic bishops over judicial appointments.
Trump has long made anti-Catholic attacks on the Church and the Pope.