In early November, Archbishop Jose Gomez, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulated Joe Biden as “the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith.” The implication seemed to be that Catholics should be proud because another member of their team had made it to the top.
The Archbishop’s message must have been confusing to the many Catholics who know that many of Biden’s policy positions are in direct opposition to Catholic teaching. They were undoubtedly further confused by the American hierarchy’s obvious distaste for Donald Trump—a man who has done more to reinforce Catholic teachings than any other president.
However, despite their misgivings, many Catholics seem disposed to go along to get along. “Oh, well” they say to themselves, “that’s politics as usual.” The problem with that reasoning is that what we are now faced with is not primarily a political struggle, but a civilizational struggle—a struggle over what kind of people we will be, and whether we will retain our freedoms.
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