And we thought Donald Trump was a problem. What gives with those politically right-wing Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S? It turns out that those guys are criticizing their own Pope and, at the same time, their country’s new president. Is Pope Francis the last line of defense for Joe Biden? Is the Catholic church that far to the right in the U.S?
It was an embarrassment to many in our family in both the U.S. and Canada that one of my brothers, a retired adjunct professor at a Catholic university in Ohio, voted for Trump in 2016. In 2020, he let me know that he would not vote for Trump a second time.
It should have been very embarrassing for any person of a religious persuasion to have supported that hypocrite. His actions of clearing peaceful protestors in Lafayette Square in Washington so that he could have a photo op, with a bible, in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, should have been enough.
What those right-wing Catholic bishops in the U.S. need to understand is that. Americans voted for Joe Biden because he could rid them of Donald Trump—not because his religion was Roman Catholic.
I think the bishops are wasting their time criticizing Biden for his stance on abortion and same-sex marriage. Biden promised to be president for all Americans. He is not going to pay attention to extremists who want others to go to the same church as they. Even their Pope can be more accommodating.
Never, in all the material that I read and media discussions I watched ahead of the election, did I ever notice any discussion of Joe Biden’s religion. It was never an issue. The bishops should not try to make it one now.
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