Thanks be to God Almighty!!! A catastrophically radical progressive and fanatically pro-abortion candidate for the United States presidency has been defeated, and a man of pro-life convictions who promises to guard the American pearl of religious liberty has been elected. Approximately 50% of Catholics voted for Donald Trump, while about 81% of Evangelicals gave him their vote.
We have five minutes to rest and rejoice at the results of this election, and then it’s back to perpetual vigilance. For as Donald Trump stated in his victory speech early Wednesday morning, politics is a nasty business. And we Christians must never presume to have a friend in this world.
What matters now is no longer the victory, but rather, the good that follows from the victory. Politics is not an end in itself. A higher good must follow from it if it is to be meaningful. Our struggle ultimately is not between right and left, conservative and liberal, or republican or democrat; it is between good and evil. A Saint Paul wrote,
“For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high” (Eph. 6:12).
In October of this year, Mr. Trump wrote the following letter, which is only one example of his many promises to Catholics and Christians. These are his promises to us, and for the love of God we must hold him to his promises.
“October 5, 2016
Gail Buckley, President
Catholic Leadership Conference
9409 Pendennis Lane
Charlotte, NC 28210
Unfortunately, my schedule precludes me from meeting and talking with you at the Catholic Leadership Conference today in Denver.
First, I would like to send my warm greetings to the Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila. In discussions with my Catholic Advisory Group, it is clear Archbishop Aqulia’s leadership in the Denver Archdiocese has been exemplary, as was the leadership of his predecessor, Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Second, should I be elected President, I look forward to working with these two respected leaders of the Catholic Church in America, their brother bishops, and Congress, on issues of critical importance to the Catholic Church and Catholics.
Catholics in the United States of America are a rich part of our nation’s history. The United States was, and is, strengthened through Catholic men, women, priests and religious Sisters, ministering to people, marching in the Civil Rights movement, educating millions of children in Catholic schools, creating respected health care institutions, and in their founding and helping the ongoing growth of the pro-life cause.
I have a message for Catholics: I will be there for you. I will stand with you. I will fight for you.
As First Lady, US Senator, Secretary of State, and two-time presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has been hostile to the core issues and policies of greatest concern to Catholics: life, religious liberty, Supreme Court nominations, affordable and quality healthcare, educational choice and home schooling.
For instance, Hillary Clinton supports forcing The Little Sisters of the Poor, who have taken care of the elderly poor since 1839, to pay for contraceptives in their health care plan (even though they have never wanted them, never used them, and never will), and having the government fine them heavily if they continue to refuse to abide by this onerous mandate.
That is a hostility to religious liberty you will never see in a Trump Administration.”