Trump v. Clinton matchup has Catholic leaders scrambling

by Michael O'Loughlin | Crux  |  published on June 23, 2016

With the general election matchup coming into focus, some Catholic leaders in the U.S. find themselves scrambling to figure out what to make of a race between one candidate whose views on immigration clash with decades of Catholic pro-immigration work, and another who supports same-sex marriage and expanded access to abortion and contraception.

Whereas Republicans have relied on conservative Catholics for decades, some have preemptively said they aren’t on board with Trump – at least not yet.

The group CatholicVote, for example, a conservative political organization that endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz in March, reacted to Donald Trump’s status as the presumptive Republican nominee with foreboding.

A statement released last week suggested that his campaign could have “disastrous consequences” for the country.

“Until recently Trump was publicly pro-abortion and a major financier of the enemies of the Church,” the statement said. “His character and moral judgement remain suspect. He denigrates and ridicules his opponents, and has no foundational principles from which he proposes to govern.”

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