MANASSAS, Va., June 4, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ — Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington recently attacked President Donald Trump for visiting the shrine to Saint Pope John Paul II located in Washington, DC.
“I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles,” said Archbishop Gregory.
President Trump’s visit to the Saint John Paul II shrine was planned long before the present riots, and was intended to draw attention to his Executive Order directing U.S. Ambassadors and Foreign Service Officers to promote, defend, and support religious freedom.
“President Trump governs as the best friend Christians, especially Catholics, have had in the White House in generations,” says Conservative HQ founder Richard Viguerie. “By attacking him, Archbishop Gregory gives a pass to those alleged Catholics in politics and government who routinely and actively undermine the Church’s teachings and betray their professed Catholic faith.”
When Speaker Pelosi, a self-proclaimed Catholic and the nation’s most high-profile advocate for abortion, stood before Archbishop Gregory at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle reading from the Gospel, he did not voice outrage.
When former Vice President Joe Biden, also allegedly a practicing Catholic, said he would repeal the Hyde Amendment, thereby causing every Catholic to fund abortions, while he reaffirmed the Democratic Party’s commitment to a woman’s right to unlimited abortion up to the moment of birth, Archbishop Gregory did not voice outrage.
When the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division under Attorney General William Barr and Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband went before a federal appeals court to argue that the unborn have civil rights worthy of protection, Archbishop Gregory did not voice his appreciation or recognition of the Trump administration’s fidelity to Catholic teaching and Christian values.
Archbishop Gregory does not speak for all Catholic clergy, despite his portrayal in the media. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, said Trump is much better than previous administrations when it comes to religious liberty. “Democrats slam the door on Catholics,” Cardinal Dolan told The Wall Street Journal.
“If Catholics do not make it clear that Archbishop Gregory’s comments are unacceptable,” says Viguerie, “It will only embolden those clergy and lay leaders who want to move the Church further to the Left.”
“Many Catholic Church leaders, such as Archbishop Gregory, have abandoned all pretense of preaching the Gospel of Jesus,” says Viguerie. “In its place is a form of Far Left politics virtually indistinguishable from that advocated by the Church’s socialist oppressors.”
For more information, the full original article text, and contact information for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, visit http://www.conservativehq.com/node/32639.
SOURCE Conservative HQ