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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Trump's "Catholic Advisory Group" called to resign

Catholic Democrats Condemns
Donald Trump's Remarks Asserting
His Sexual Abuse of Women
Calls on Trump's Catholic Advisory Group to Resign
Any advisory groups that are somehow advising the Trump campaign must demand for him to resign because he is unqualified to lead, especially important among the Roman Catholics who are included.

 I support this position as explained in the following press release:
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Catholic Democrats

BOSTON, MA, OCTOBER 8, 2016 - Catholic Democrats is condemning the comments by Donald Trump that recently surfaced yesterday in an audio recording made in 2005. Trump is not only heard using crude language to describe women, but proudly boasts how he pursued a married woman and is also quoted as saying, "And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."

The organization, which promotes the rich Catholic Social Justice Tradition in the public square and the Democratic Party, is calling on Trump's Catholic Advisory Group to repudiate Trump and to resign.

"As Catholics, we have a special obligation to make our voices heard when we see any individual use a position of power to sexually exploit another," said Steve Krueger, president of Catholic Democrats. "Catholics are all too keenly aware of both the damage of sexual abuse on victims - sometimes life threatening - as well as the connection between sexual abuse and the abuse of power."

Krueger is the founding executive director of Voice of the Faithful, the movement that emerged out of the clergy sexual abuse crisis to support victims and survivors. "Governor Frank Keating was a co-chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People (NRB), a lay-led board appointed by the U.S. Bishops to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis. He knows better than most how sexual abuse can be the result of an abuse of power. We urge him - and all of the individuals on the board - to demonstrate their zero tolerance for sexual abuse and resign from their positions on Trump's Catholic Advisory Group."

Last July, when asked if he had ever asked God for forgiveness, Trump said, "I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don't think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't."

Said Nicholas Cafardi, MA, JD, JCL, JCD, a prominent canon lawyer, member ofCatholic Democrats Board, and a former NRB co-chair, "Just as someone who would build walls between people is not acting like a Christian, as Pope Francis said, any person who would use their position of power to sexually abuse a woman is not acting like a Christian."

"Right now Trump's biggest problem is not a political one," said Krueger. "His biggest problem is really a spiritual one because, by his own words, he does not ask for forgiveness. Let us pray for the American people, all those who have been sexually abused, and even for Donald Trump."

Members of Trump's Catholic Advisory Group include:

  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. The Honorable Faith Whittlesey, Former US Ambassador to Switzerland and member of White House senior staff, Reagan Administration
  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 
About Catholic Democrats

Catholic Democrats, a national advocacy organization with supporters in all 50 states and over 16,000 Twitter followers, represents a Catholic voice within the Democratic Party and a Democratic voice in the Catholic Church whose mission is to advance the rich Catholic Social Justice Tradition in the public square and within the Democratic Party to help form a more just and peaceful world and to responsibly protect God's creation.

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