GOP has chance to show its true colors
There was a time when the Republican Party focused on ideas and policies.
However, under Donald Trump, the party has spiraled down into a rabbit hole governed by conspiracies, right-wing ideologies, and a disdain for the rule of law. This descent culminated in the events of early January.
On Jan. 6 , Donald Trump incited a mob of supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections. On Jan. 7, even after the insurrection on the previous day, 147 Republican lawmakers voted to challenge the results of the election.
Did these Republican members of Congress truly believe that the presidential election had been “stolen” from Trump, or were they merely shameless opportunists hoping to gain favor with Trump’s base? Were they delusional or simply easily corruptible? Either way, they represent a serious threat to our democracy.
Trump’s incitement on Jan. 6 was an act of sedition which is arguably the most egregious crime an American president can commit. Will the Republican Party defend Trump, or will it return to the mainstream and defend our Constitution?
Initial indications suggest that Republican lawmakers have chosen to defend Trump.
On Jan. 13, 95% of the Republican House members voted against impeachment of Donald Trump. The Senate will eventually determine the outcome of the impeachment trial and we will know if the Republican Party has chosen to defend the Constitution or Donald Trump.
Bishops must do more to defend life
The New York State Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with the Albany Diocese, recently posed the question: What are the biggest obstacles facing the pro-life movement? I would suggest they look in the mirror.
Prior to the election, the New York State Catholic Conference and the Albany Diocese made no meaningful effort to speak on the evil of abortion and the importance to vote pro-life. On the contrary, they downplayed abortion by lumping it together with other social justice issues.
Our New York bishops elevate pro-choice Catholics into leadership positions. Their weak statements on abortion ushered in Joe Biden and the most extreme pro-abortion administration in our nation’s history.
Pro-life laity know the preeminent issue for Catholics is abortion. It is not poverty, recycling, climate change or immigration.
With 900,000 pre-born babies murdered in the United States in one year; ending abortion is the preeminent issue.
Saint Pope John Paul II stated the right to health, home, work, family, culture, is false and illusory if the right to life … is not defended with maximum determination.
Our bishops chose not to defend life with maximum determination.
But pro-life laity also have a choice. When they pass the basket for the bishop’s annual appeal, we can choose to give to bishops who downplay abortion, or we can give to another more worthy charity.
In lieu of giving to the bishop’s appeal, I will give to my local crisis pregnancy center to directly assist mothers in need.
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