When it comes to organizations and labels such as “Catholics for Trump” or “Catholics for Hillary”, it divides people based on political affiliation rather than common dialogue and human right issues. Jesus would not have identified as a Republican or Libertarian.
At the same time though, priests and religious have supported candidates that are more pro-immigrant and condemned pro-life candidates. From a Catholic perspective, the issue of pro-life outweighs the one with illegal immigration because one deals with defending the lives of the unborn and one deals with breaking the law tied with national security.
There is the misconception that the Republicans are anti-immigrant while in reality, they are against illegal immigrants and want to solve the problem unlike the Democrats who want open borders and amnesty so that they will vote for them. We have a broken immigration system, no doubt if you are on the left or right, and it would be just to fix so that legal immigration is okay with illegal immigration is bad.
But if the Democrats support comprehensive immigration despite supporting abortion at all stages and with federal funding, gay marriage, and transgender bathrooms, they are given a parade from these priests and don’t condemn them. From the 2016 platform itself, one can see the Democrats have gone too far to the left.
President Trump has done significant accomplishments such as appointing pro-life judges, tax cut reform so corporations can pay more their employees, low unemployment rate, repealing the individual mandate of Obamacare, and announcing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Those are significant accomplishments for Catholic social justice.
From my understanding, certain priests know little to nothing about political science and it has divided the Church between the Anglo-American and Hispanic Catholic community.
Has not teaching a basic knowledge of a political science course to seminarians lead this division?
What would be the solution for all of this? Thank you.