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Catholics call for Trump to to step down after lewd comments on women

The Catholic political advocacy group CatholicVote.org has joined calls for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to step down following his lewd comments about women in a leaked audio recording from 2005.

“Newly released comments by Donald Trump…are disgusting and simply indefensible,” the organization wrote in an Oct. 8 statement. “Catholic voters rightly will be unnerved by these developments.”
“In our own opinion the viability of Donald Trump’s candidacy is now in question. Furthermore, the good many hoped to achieve, in spite of Trump’s many well-known flaws, is also now in doubt. If Donald Trump is unwilling to step aside, the Republican National Committee must act soon out of basic decency and self-preservation.”

CatholicVote.org isn’t the only organization calling for Trump to step down from presidential race. Many leading Republicans have withdrawn their endorsements of Trump following the leak.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal Saturday that despite these calls to step down, there is “zero chance I’ll quit.”

In the leaked video, Trump uses graphic language in bragging to “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush about kissing, groping and trying to seduce married women. Trump tells Bush “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
CatholicVote.org has said Trump’s comments in the recording are indefensible.

“Christians should not waste their breath defending them,” the organization said. “The mere fact that this conversation is occurring in the context of a presidential campaign impoverishes us all.”

Until now, Catholics have had mixed reactions to the GOP candidate. Pro-life advocates have questioned Trump’s commitment to the pro-life cause, due to his strong pro-choice statements in 1999 and 2000. Trump has also described his sister Maryanne Trump Barry as an ideal Supreme Court nominee, despite her striking down New Jersey’s ban on partial-birth abortions as a judge.

And while the GOP candidate says he opposes same-sex marriage, he has attracted criticism from defense-of-marriage groups who note that he has bragged in the past about having affairs with other married women. Additionally, Trump’s casino was the first in Atlantic City to have an in-house strip club.

 









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  1. Peter Aiello Reply

    I hope that they are not advocating Hilary as an alternative.

    1. Shiela Reply

      I am catholic and I voted for Donald Trump. I hate it when I went to this church in national city. The priest is reading the letter of the archbishop saying that they will not be silent of what is going on. Really, I thought your job is to pray for peace and pray for the leader so he will lead the country with love. What the is going on. When Obama was in power, he ok’d the abortion and you guys are silence. I hope some leaders of the Catholic Church will listen to what they preach. I am very discourage. Don’t include yourself incomes of politics. Your job is more on prayer and good works.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    I guess Catholics are sitting this one out, given the firm instructions not to vote for Clinton. The CatholicVote article suggests Trump should step or be pushed aside, which means Pence, the Fundagelical steps into his place. I just commented on an article yesterday where the author was shredding Fundagelicals. How will the Church recommend Pence, a former Catholic, and now a fundagelical, after trashing Tim Kaine, a current Catholic who disagrees with some Iron Age doctrines – as do many Catholics. Kaine hurt himself far more in his debate by acting like a butthead, than by being a Cafeteria Catholic.
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    Barring a heart attack or other unexpected development in the next month, Clinton will become our new President. I don’t like her at all, but the implosion of the Republican Party means that they may lose their stranglehold on Congress, and that would be good for basic human rights and liberties for LGBTs, women and disabled people. Removing the Party of NO as the majority, might also mean we get some things done – though it goes without saying that much of what is done, will be in some way, to the personal benefit of the Clintons.
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    I’m not sure about the faux outrage of the Church here, given that Trump acted no different than the revered King David, and as best we know, Trump, unlike David, did not conspire to kill the husband of the woman of his affections. We know as well that nobody asked Mary for permission… Trump’s behavior flows from the second class treatment of women that is inherent in the Abrahamic religions.

    1. Peter Aiello Reply

      Patrick: There are no atheists that act like Trump?

  3. Terrence Tran Reply

    Catholic political group does not represent for the catholic people. This group uses the name “Catholic” to deceive faithful people. We are the faithful Catholics know whom we should vote for. We vote against a candidate who supports legalize murder children in wombs. We vote against a candidate who confirm that the child(a flesh and a soul) in wombs doesn’t have rights of a person. We vote against a candidate who is enemy of Christian or hostility to all Christians. We vote against a candidate who destroys a foundation of family by promotes the lesbian or gay marriage and adopt children into these demon union whom called it a family.

  4. Terrence Tran Reply

    The Catholic political group doesn’t represent for all faithful Catholics. We know whom we should vote for. We vote against a candidate who legalizes the murder children in wombs. We vote a against a candidate who is a enemy of Christians or hostility to Christians. We vote against a candidate who destroy the foundation of family by legalizing the lesbian or gay marriage and by adopting children.

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