THE Telegraph’s US editor Ben Riley-Smith says Donald Trump is struggling to replicate his earlier success with the Catholic voting bloc – those of Irish, Italian and Hispanic background – as he faces Joe Biden, ‘an Irish-American Catholic schooled by nuns’.
However, the president has taken steps to protect religious freedom of conscience, has worked to remove taxpayer funding from major abortion provider Planned Parenthood, and announced an executive order to mandate protection for babies born alive through abortion.
Moreover, to the fury of pro-abortion opponents, he is appointing to the Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic with seven children, two adopted from Haiti, the youngest child having Down’s syndrome. She will replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who championed abortion ‘rights’.
Trump may not have been schooled by nuns, but he protected the Little Sisters of the Poor, a charitable order whose members are unpaid, from being forced to pay for lay employees’ insurance schemes that include cover for contraception.
In contrast, Biden, who says that Catholic nuns inspired him to run for president, will sue the Little Sisters of the Poor for their refusal to go against conscience, while also pledging to restore public funds to Planned Parenthood and to ensure that abortion is exported to the poor countries of the world as ‘aid’.
At Ms Coney Barrett’s 2017 confirmation hearing, California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein told her: ‘Dogma lives loudly within you.’
It seems she is ‘living the dogma’ of life. But even more surprisingly Trump, with his colourful private life, in public office has been closer to the Church’s teachings than Biden – unless, unbeknown to the rest of Christianity, the Ten Commandments now include the command to kill the innocent.
In our 21st century culture wars, abortion is used as a codeword for freedom, justice, equality, but most of all for choice, when in reality it is opposed to all these, because it is an idea that when put into practice undermines freedom, justice and equality, simply allowing the choice to kill someone who has no choice.
Unlike previous Republican presidents who have said all the right things on the subject, Trump has actually acted to prevent the killing. And, unlike real Catholics, Biden sounds like the sort of person who reveals that they are a Catholic at the same time as robustly rejecting Catholic teaching, as in: ‘As a Catholic, I disagree with the Church on abortion’ – an ‘azzacatholic’.
Whatever his sentimental meanderings about his religious upbringing, which must have included learning about Church teaching, he seems eager to overturn that teaching, even while proclaiming his Catholicism.
Indeed, in2005 he piously insisted: ‘The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious, I’m going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.’
Clearly, it is secular dogma that lives loudly in azzacatholic Joe Biden, but commentators seem unable to hear it, lost in admiration for his willingness to bend the knee to wokery.