Editors of the National Catholic Reporter, a progressive national newspaper reporting on religion-related issues, have insisted that Catholics who voted for Trump must cut their ties with “white nationalism” and stop being violent. However, the head of a Catholic civil rights organisation, the Catholic League, rejected the notion completely.
The editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter have raged about supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump “having blood on their hands” after a deadly rampage erupted at the US Capitol on 6 January.
The editors openly accused the incumbent president of provoking the chaos, charging in their written address on Thursday:
“Clearly, the current resident of the White House who for months has repeatedly and deliberately lied about non-existent election fraud, and who, even as Confederate-flag wielding thugs strolled throughout the Capitol, is guilty of inciting violence in his morning speech on the Ellipse”, they wrote, further stressing that later in the day, “he would express ‘love’ for what can only be described as domestic terrorists”.
The left-wing editorial continued to enumerate who exactly they meant:
“We’re talking to you CatholicVote.org, Attorney General William Barr and other Catholics in the Trump administration, Amy Coney Barrett, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, rogue prolifer Abby Johnson. Sadly, the list goes on”.
The editors then denounced Trump’s Catholic electorate for paying attention to such issues as Supreme Court justices, school funding, lower taxes for American businesses, etc.
“It must stop,” the editors asserted firmly, demanding Catholics sever their ties with what they call “white Catholic nationalism”.
Addressing how the pro-life way of thinking may be incorporated into a broader paradigm, they railed on:
“And a pro-life movement that embraces white nationalism is not a true pro-life movement”, they pronounced. “Period”.
‘Trump’s Critics at Best Ethically Compromised’
However, Catholic League President Bill Donohue offered a different take, querying Friday who actually is “guilty of inciting riots”.
He stood up in President Trump’s defence, arguing that despite multiple accusations, “he never instructed anyone” to resort to violence.
“Nevertheless, his critics argue that he stoked people’s passions, which he did, and can therefore be held accountable. If this is the standard—inflammatory rhetoric—then Trump’s critics are at best ethically compromised”, Bill Donohue contended.