As a member of the Catholic Church, I am appalled by the anti-Catholic statements from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s top campaign officials. They called our faith “severely backwards,” and went further by brainstorming ways to “plant the seeds” of a revolution against the Church.
Perhaps the Clinton campaign is unaware that the Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in the world working to fight poverty, feed the hungry, combat human trafficking and provide relief after natural disasters.
Perhaps they forgot that our nation’s Catholic schools are working to provide a quality education to almost 2 million of our kids this school year. Maybe they didn’t tune in last year with millions of people from all walks of life to watch Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint session of Congress.
There have been repeated calls for Clinton to issue a direct and sincere apology, including from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who called the hostility from these campaign officials “ patronizing” and “insulting.” I agree.
Their statements show a huge disdain toward Catholics, and it is remarkable that they are still employed by the Democratic nominee for the White House.
Rep. Pat Tiberi
12th Congressional District