Republicans, Democrats Both Embrace Catholic Social Teaching. Trump:NATO to NATOME. New Name. 144k
Republicans and Catholics are embracing Catholic Social Teaching due to US Catholic Bishops implementing their political strategy to influence US lawmakers in 2020. Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, William Barr, Mick Mulvaney and Pat Cipollone are prominent Catholics in today's Politics.
Catholic social teaching does not fit easily into either political party’s platform. Democrats oppose its teaching on abortion, while Republicans denigrate the role it gives to the state in responding to social and economic problems. Anyone who accepts all Catholic social teaching is not fully at home in either party; both Catholic Republicans and Democrats will be challenged by it.
Catholic social teaching also has the advantage that it is normally stated in general terms of values, principles and goals, not specific programs.
For many years, the totality of Catholic social teaching has been the focus of the U.S. Catholic bishops' political strategy. For Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago, advocating for a “consistent ethic of life,” colloquially known as the “seamless garment,” meant protecting life from the womb to the tomb. Thus, he was concerned about the care of mothers and children after birth through health care, day care, education and jobs as well as ending abortion.
This was also the approach the U.S. bishops took every four years in their “Faithful Citizenship” statement, issued in the year before presidential elections and sometimes cited, albeit selectively, by candidates and elected officials.
Republicans and Catholics are embracing Catholic Social Teaching due to US Catholic Bishops implementing their political strategy to influence US lawmakers in 2020.
On the other hand, Catholic social teaching has often been referred to as the church’s best kept secret. Sen. John Kerry, who ran for president in 2004, admitted to me that he had not even heard of “Faithful Citizenship” until after the election.
The chance of using “Faithful Citizenship” as a unifying document suffered a serious blow at the U.S. bishops’ Baltimore meeting last November, when they voted to single out abortion as the “preeminent” political issue for Catholics. Democrats will see this as a tilt toward the Republican Party. But most of the rest of the document is in tune with the Democrats' agenda, which has traditionally made them sympathetic to the statement.
As an alternative to "Faithful Citizenship," the church could attempt to build unity around the social teaching of Pope Francis, whom most Catholics admire and like, and who has struck a deep chord outside the church as well. However, partisanship has even infected Catholics' attitudes toward the pope and his teaching — 55% of Catholic Republicans see Francis as too liberal, according to the Pew Research Center. Only 37 percent of Catholic Republicans believe that Pope Francis represents a major change for the better, as compared to 71 percent of Catholic Democrats.
Trump wants NATO expanded to Mideast and renamed NATOME. President Donald Trump thinks NATO should be expanded to include nations in the Middle East. He even suggested a new name for the 70-year-old alliance: “NATOME” short for NATO-Middle East.
“What a beautiful name — NATOME,″ Trump said Thursday, pronouncing it ”Nay-TOE-me.”
Speaking to reporters at the White House during an unrelated event, Trump said the U.S. had tamped down Islamic State militants, eliminating their control of territory and killing IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“We did Europe a big favor,” he said.
“I think NATO should be expanded and we should include the Middle East, absolutely. ... Right now the burden is on us and that’s not fair,” Trump said.
Trump said he also wants to see more NATO troops in the Middle East because problems there are international in scope. He said he spoke about NATO’s role on Wednesday during a phone call with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
“I think he was actually excited about it. I actually had a name. NATO, right, and then you have ME, Middle East. They would call it NATOME,” Trump said.
“I’m good at names, right,” he said and noted how the new North American trade agreement is called USMCA for the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
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