We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trumps' Coalition of Catholic Advisors: promise and potential.

52% of Catholics voted for President-elect Donald J. Trump.
45% of Catholics who (cough) voted for Hillary (cough) Clinton (... cough).

34 good reasons why Catholics should have voted for Trump, and did.

President-elect Donald J. Trump's Coalition of Catholic Advisors.
  1. Sen. Rick Santorum, Former US Senator and presidential candidate
  2. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List
  3. The Honorable Matt Schlapp, Chairman, American Conservative Union
  4. Ambassador Francis Rooney, Former US Ambassador to the Holy See
  5. Sean Fieler, President, Chiaroscuro Foundation
  6. Rev. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life
  7. Chris Slattery, Founder & President, Expectant Mother Care
  8. Cong. Andrew Harris, US Congressman, Maryland, 1st District
  9. Janet Morana, Co-Founder, Silent No More Campaign
  10. John Klink, President Emeritus, International Catholic Migration Commission
  11. Marjorie Murphy Campbell, Founder & Publisher, New Feminism
  12. Deacon Keith Fournier, Chairman, Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance
  13. Tony Maas, President & CEO of JTM Food Group
  14. Patrick Walsh, Former Chief Secretary and Attache, US Embassy, Dublin, Ireland
  15. Matt Smith, President, Catholic Advocate, Board Member, American Conservative Union
  16. Austin Ruse, President, Center for Family and Human Rights
  17. Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ
  18. Angela Flood, Former Director, Secretariat of Communications, Archdiocese of Washington, DC
  19. Lou Murray, New York Life Financial Consultant
  20. Lisa Bourne, Journalist, LifeSiteNews
  21. Cong. Steve Chabot, US Congressman, Ohio, 1st District
  22. Cong. Mike Kelly, US Congressman, Pennsylvania, 3rd District
  23. Ed Martin, President, Eagle Forum
  24. Chuck Mifsud, President, Catholics for Ohio
  25. Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor and former Kansas US Senator
  26. Tom Monaghan, Founder, Ave Maria University/Ave Maria School of Law
  27. Mark Corallo, Founder, Corallo Media Strategies
  28. Jay Shepard, RNC National Committeeman, Vermont
  29. Joseph Cella, Founder, National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
  30. Faith Whittlesey, Former US Ambassador to Switzerland
  31. The Honorable R. James Nicholson, Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Ambassador to the Holy See
  32. The Honorable Frank Keating, Former Governor of Oklahoma
  33. The Honorable Sean Duffy, Congressman, Wisconsin, 7th District
  34. Mary Matalin, Former Counselor to the Vice President
Mere lip service on Trump's part?
"With help from his Catholic advisers, Mr. Trump has identified the following areas which are of special concern to Catholics: Religious Liberty, Pro-life, Judicial Nominations, Education, Healthcare, Jobs and Taxation, and Safety and Security. His strong conservative positions in each of these signal areas can be found at his website."
Read also:
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/trumps-catholic-coalition-could-have-very-positive-effect-on-presidency?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NCRegister%2FEdwardPentin+Edward+Pentin#When:2016-11-11
Dear Catholics who voted for Secretary Clinton, it's so nice you were willing to overlook Secretary Clinton's team bad-mouthing you and the Church. Apparently, you didn't get the memo giving very good reasons why Clinton did not deserve your vote. Oh, riiight,... you're more Democrat than Catholic. That's so 1960s of all you "go along to get along" Kennedy (c)atholics.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

The Anti-Catholic Campaign
According to numerous sources, recently leaked e-mails reveal the existence of a toxic anti-Catholic prejudice within the Clinton campaign. The messages marginalize faithful Catholics, ridicule Catholic beliefs, and promote ideological division in the Church. They call for the “end of a middle-ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.”
In light of the widespread anti-Christian, anti-Catholic prejudice rampant in our culture today, should we be at all surprised by this vitriol? (No, Your Excellency, but we should be surprised that so many Catholics were willing to cast their vote in support of someone who represents and perpetuates such hatred toward Catholics by hosting a team that hates what Catholics stand for.)
Remember what Jesus said: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” (Jn 15:18) Thus the words of the Scripture are fulfilled.
Furthermore,
(Hillary Clinton's) choice of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as vice president, who appeared to run counter to his Catholic beliefs with his positions on abortion, the death penalty, and marriage, did not help her case(.)—NewsMax
Clinton had no Catholic advisors faithful to the Magisterium on her team. If she had such Catholics on her team, their voices were drowned out by charlatans, schemers and bigots who chose to "marginalize faithful Catholics, ridicule Catholic beliefs, and promote ideological division in the Church." (Tobin)

Note the stark contrast between Clinton's approach and that of Trump's conveyed by Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Ambassador to the Holy See, Jim Nicholson, a member of President-elect Trump's Coalition of Catholic Advisors.
NCR—Secretary Nicholson, what are your expectations regarding Trump’s relationship with the Holy See?
Nicholson—I think it will be a good relationship. I’m delighted with the Trump victory because it’s a victory for working class people, for underemployed people and unemployed people — people for whom the Pope has great concern. So they have a great amount in common in their priorities.
NCR—Regarding the Catholic coalition of advisors, how much effect and influence could it have going forward?

It can have a very positive effect on President-elect Trump. He carries the Catholic vote, it’s a large number and he has a lot of friends and associates who are Catholic — he grew up in New York City. I think we’ll have a good audience and a good chance to be heard and help shape his views about all things Catholic.
NCR—Was he listening to what the group had to say before the election?
He was. In fact he’s a very good listener. He had a lot of bravado regarding the external part of his presentation which served him well on the campaign but when he gets into a meeting with us, he’s a very intent listener and asks very good questions.
Clinton's Catholic supporters, sadly, believed the mainstream media propaganda. They threw away their votes on someone who, had she been elected, would have continued to foster a culture of hostility and intimidation toward Catholics, a hostile culture that gained energy with the election of President Obama whose policies have been anything but friendly to Catholics and Catholic institutions.

As Conrad Black put it,
The public’s loathing and distrust of the media is richly deserved and indicative of one of Western society’s greatest failings: the free press has failed. Only the fact that there is no alternative keeps it going. Few people now pay much attention to the common misrepresentation of public issues and people; nor should they. The American media turned itself inside out trying to portray Trump as a misogynist, a racist and an authoritarian populist whipping up mobs and inciting violence. All this was unmitigated rubbish. President Barack Obama strutted about the campaign trail in a last-ditch effort to salvage the Clinton campaign (despite the notorious absence of any affection between the Obamas and the Clintons), and accused Trump of being a sympathizer of the Ku Klux Klan. The president would have his listeners believe that Trump, who has an unblemished record as an equal opportunity employer, approves of thugs surging about in hoods and bedsheets, burning crosses on the lawns of African-Americans, Jews and Roman Catholics (most of whose 30 million voters cast their ballots for Trump).—Conrad Black: The free press failed and the Clintons, Bushes and Obamas are finally finished.
The "liberal" Catholics who voted Democrat this past election apparently learned nothing from the Obama legacy. That so many "progressive" Catholics could be so wrong by choosing to support someone so hostile to the Catholic Church is evidence of a serious lack of authentic formation of conscience among Catholics in America. Thanks be to God, enough people changed their minds and shifted their support away from the Obama-Clinton ideology to the Trump promise to listen and be shaped by faithful Catholics.

Of course, Catholics should not and must not be naive. Catholics must be realistic more than cautiously optimistic. The Trump Coalition should, very charitably yet firmly, hold President-elect Trump's feet to the fire of keeping his promise to do away with Obama's hostile policies that have plagued the Church in America for the past seven, nearly eight years. All that Catholics desire, if one may be so bold to suggest in summary form, is that Catholics be treated with the same fundamental respect which others insist upon, a respect that is a true realization of the inalienable rights enshrined in the founding documents of the United States of America. Rights, it should be noted, that should be recognized and protected by the state that, contrary to the socialist or hyper-secularist notion, do not originate with any state or government but with God. Man's inalienable rights come from God because we are created in His image and likeness. Man's dignity is not subject to nor is it defined by the Obama government's (nor Clinton's team's) limited view of the human being.

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