Joseph Cella, Trump’s top liaison to Catholics, issued a statement deploring Trump’s “repulsive” comments, but is still pledging loyalty to a candidate he argues will protect religious freedom and appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court judges. Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, also on Trump’s Catholic advisory committee, makes the same case as Cella. After describing Trump’s behavior as “repulsive”—at least conservative Catholics are on message with the same adjective—Pavone toldCatholic News Agency that he will still vote for Trump and encourage others to do so.
“What an incredible reparation Mr. Trump is making now for any past faults, by the very fact that he is running as the Republican nominee for president, and is ready to nominate the right kind of judges and sign the right kinds of legislation, which will steer our nation away from so many morally corrupt public policies,” said Pavone, who advised George W. Bush during the 2000 election and remained an ally through his two terms as president. “It takes a great deal of moral courage, actually, to take the step Mr. Trump is taking by running for public office. He knows his past and knows what will be brought up about it. Yet he is willing to move forward both personally and professionally for the good of the country.”
I will pause as you let that remarkable bit of self-delusion sink in.
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