The following comes from a February 29 Renew America article by Matt C. Abbott:
It’s looking more and more like the next presidential election will be Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump, though it’s not a given at this point. I asked one faithful (retired) bishop and a few faithful priests for their thoughts on whether Catholics should support Trump if he does end up being the GOP nominee.
Rene Henry Gracida, bishop emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas, wrote:
“I honestly do not know at this time what I will do next November as I stand in the voting booth. At the present time I do not believe that I could bring myself to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, if they are the Democrat and Republican nominees.
“The old axiom that one must choose the lesser of two evils is false since the more fundamental principle is that one ought never to choose evil. I have toyed with idea of writing in the name of Ted Cruz, if it is possible to do so, in order to prove to God and my conscience that I did not vote for evil.”
Father Vincent Fitzpatrick wrote:
“I would say yes, because at least Trump says he’s pro-life, and cannot possibly be as pro-abortion as Hillary. Hillary is deeply, deeply embedded in the pro-abortion movement. Also, Hillary will bring 7000 pro-abortion Democrats to Washington with her, and Trump will bring about 7000 Republicans to Washington. A large part of that Republican crowd will be pro-life.
“There’s no evidence that Trump longs to go down in history as a traitor, which would be his fate if he takes pro-abortion actions in office. He has been explicit about ending the persecution of Christians in America, and Obamacare and the HHS Abortion Mandate are prime examples of that – and he has promised to end those, too.”
Father Richard Perozich wrote:
“The best qualified candidate is one who supports life from conception until natural death, sexual expression between only a man and a woman in marriage for life, and rejects embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and euthanasia – the non-negotiables.
“The Catechism of the Catholic Church rejects socialism, communism and unbridled capitalism. After these, issues on immigration and government spending on social programs are within the preference of the voters.
“Hillary Clinton’s statements show that she opposes the non-negotiables. Donald Trump has made aggressive statements that cause me some concern; but if it be between him and Mrs. Clinton, because of his [more recent] public statements in line with Catholic teaching on the non-negotiables, I as a Catholic could vote for him.”