The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the Catholic Vote: How Businessman Donald Trump Won-II

Catholic Saints such as St. Augustine of Hippo who said:

“Sometimes, indeed, this lustful cruelty, or if you please, cruel lust, resorts to such extravagant methods as to use poisonous drugs to secure barrenness; or else, if unsuccessful in this, to destroy the conceived seed by some means previous to birth, preferring that its offspring should rather perish than receive vitality; or if it was advancing to life within the womb, should be slain before it was born.”

-De Nube et Concupiscentia 1.17 (15)

and St. Jerome who said that:

“You may see many women widows before wedded, who try to conceal their miserable fall by a lying garb. Unless they are betrayed by swelling wombs or by the crying of their infants, they walk abroad with tripping feet and heads in the air. Some go so far as to take potions, that they may insure barrenness, and thus murder human beings almost before their conception. Some, when they find themselves with child through their sin, use drugs to procure abortion, and when (as often happens) they die with their offspring, they enter the lower world laden with the guilt not only of adultery against Christ but also of suicide and child murder.”

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These saints opposed abortion in their lifetimes. In 1869, in his Papal bull Apostolicae Sedis moderationi, Pope Pius IX declared that any Catholic who procured an abortion incurred excommunication reserved to the Bishops or ordinaries. Also in 1995, Pope St. John Paul II wrote the encyclical Evangelium vitae, in which he upheld Catholic teachings on abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.

From Evangelium Vitae: “It is also a question, in a certain sense, of the “moral conscience” of society: in a way it too is responsible, not only because it tolerates or fosters behavior contrary to life, but also because it encourages the “culture of death”, creating and consolidating actual “structures of sin” which go against life. The moral conscience, both individual and social, is today subjected, also as a result of the penetrating influence of the media, to an extremely serious and mortal danger: that of confusion between good and evil, precisely in relation to the fundamental right to life.”

In 2004, during the American Presidential election, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI declared that Catholic politicians that support abortion or euthanasia should be denied Holy Communion. Catholics in the last two elections voted for a candidate that opposed the teachings of the Catholic Church. This year, however, Catholics voted in accordance with the Catholic faith and voted for pro-life Republican Donald Trump. Donald Trump is pro-life on abortion with exceptions, favors de-funding Planned Parenthood, appointing pro-life judges on the U.S. Supreme Court, and respecting Religious Freedom when it came to faith based institutions and businesses. Catholics sided with Trump over Hillary. I voted for Donald Trump. I am very proud that Catholics voted for Donald Trump. Hopefully, now that Donald Trump has been elected, the pro-life movement in the United States can make progress by appointing pro-life judges on the bench, de-funding Planned Parenthood, and overturning the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that unleashed abortion on demand in America.

This will all be possible under Trump and would have been impossible under Clinton. The pro-life movement could not get a lot done in the 8 years of Barack Obama. Now that Trump won, Catholics and the pro-life movement can now achieve this goal to uphold the sanctity of human life and abortion will be outlawed after all.

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