(The Tablet) A Catholic archbishop who called Hillary Clinton a “criminal liar, uniquely rich in stale ideas and bad priorities” in a speech at Notre Dame university last month has weighed into the presidential campaign again by lambasting the President Barack Obama’s administration for being “the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers” in generations.
In his weekly archdiocese column Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote that he felt the Democratic Party felt that Catholic “bishops were dumb enough to be used as tools” four years ago during President Obama’s re-election campaign and that little has changed this time round as evidenced by the “contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team”.
“American Catholics helped to elect an administration that has been the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers, institutions, concerns and liberty in generations,” Chaput wrote. The Archbishop of Philadelphia added that it would be wonderful if the “Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails … All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.”
The attack comes after the outspoken archbishop labelled both candidates “very bad news for our country” during his delivery at last month’s Tocqueville Lecture on Religious Liberty at the University of Notre Dame claiming that Clinton was “in the view of a lot of people … a criminal liar, uniquely rich in stale ideas and bad priorities” and that Donald Trump, the Republican candidate was a “belligerent demagogue with an impulse-control problem”. He added that since he began voting in 1966 “the major parties have never, at the same time, offered two such deeply flawed candidates”. [More]