Archbishop Slams ‘Anti-Catholic Emails' Exchanged by Members of Clinton Campaign Team

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 13, 2016 | 5:25 PM EDT

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia with Pope Francis during a Mass in Philadelphia on Sept. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

( - Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia published a column today slamming anti-Catholic emails exchanged by members of the Clinton campaign.

“I’m thinking, of course, of the contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team and released this week by WikiLeaks,” the archbishop wrote.

The archbishop continued:

“A sample: Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed John Podesta, now the head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to ask about whether ‘the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage’ could be the tinder for a revolution. ‘There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship,’ Newman writes.

“Of course, Newman added, ‘this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance.’ Still, he wondered, how would one ‘plant the seeds of a revolution’? John Podesta replied that ‘We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this . . . likewise Catholics United' (emphasis added).”

Near the end of his column, Archbishop Chaput said:

“Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.

“In the meantime, a friend describes the choice facing voters in November this way: A vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots.”

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