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Catholics and the election
December 5th, 2016
By John Kovacevich


I’m going to be charitable and chalk it up to clumsy phrasing, but in the article “US bishops address post-election animus” (Dec. 1) the author wrote that Trump said “some things that proved hurtful and worrisome to groups of Latino and black Catholics, but also gave hope to Catholics concerned about religious freedom and abortion.” I can assure you that he also said plenty of things that were “hurtful and worrisome” to this WHITE Catholic too and that very little of his rhetoric gives me hope. I hope the bishops will stand up forcefully for the human rights of immigrants, both legal and illegal, and will speak out against policies that marginalize the poor, such as the proposed elimination of health care coverage. There was also zero mention of environmental issues and Trump’s repeated denial of settled science. The bishops’ silence on Pope Francis’ signature issue – the only one about which he has written an encyclical – has been sadly telling throughout the election season. I hope they follow the pope’s example and find their voice on climate change before it’s too late.


John Kovacevich
San Francisco

 

From December 8, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

 

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