Pope: ‘Wait and see’ on Trump’s presidency

‘Wait and see’ on Trump’s presidency, Pope tells interviewer January 23, 2017

Pope Francis adopted a “wait and see” attitude toward President Donald Trump, in a new interview with the Spanish daily El Pais.

“I don’t like to get ahead of myself, or to judge people prematurely,” the Pope said regarding Trump. “We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will form an opinion.”

1. What has our President said and and what has his administration done?

The March for Life”

  • “The March for Life”
    Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/ January 27, 2017
    “Life is winning in America because of all of you,” Vice President Mike Pence told the youthful crowd [at the Annual March for Life in Washington]. His presence was a clear sign of White House support; no incumbent president or vice-president had ever before made a personal appearance at the March for Life. President Trump underlined that message on his Twitter account: “To all of you marching—you have my full support!”…

    Trump’s action fulfills a campaign promise to pro-life supporters. The executive order does not yet fulfill Trump’s promise to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    Planned Parenthood
    “It is deeply troubling to many Americans that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion network…receives more than half a billion taxpayer dollars per year,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. “This concern has rightly grown with revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions.”

    Note:New exposé: no prenatal care at Planned Parenthood, January 24, 2017
    Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/

    Planned Parenthood officials frequently say that their clinics offer valuable prenatal care, a new undercover survey finds that most Planned Parenthood clinics turn away women who ask for that help.

    Live Action, a pro-life group, recorded calls to dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics across the US. Of the 97 facilities contacted, only five offered any kind of prenatal help. In most cases, receptionists quickly told the caller that Planned Parenthood does not offer that sort of service.
    “Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care,” said a typical clinic staffer.

    Continue to pray for cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    Banned federal funds

  • The President has banned federal funds to provide and promote abortion
    Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/ January 27, 2017
    President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions, or provide abortion information, to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance.

    Let us pray, a prayer of thanksgiving, that we will no longer provide federal money to international groups that perform abortions, or information, to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance.

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted to permanently ban all taxpayer funding of abortion.
    Source: “The Hill”

  • Mexico City policy

    Note:The executive order reinstates the “Mexico City policy” that was first adopted by President Reagan, blocking the flow of taxpayer money to organizations that use the funds for abortions. The policy was rescinded by President Clinton, reinstated by President Bush, and rescinded again by President Obama—all by executive orders issued soon after they took office.

    Note:Trump’s memorandum reinstituting the policy directs top U.S. officials for the first time to extend the anti-abortion requirements “to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.”

    In 1976, Congressman Henry Hyde introduced a provision which prohibits any funds from Medicaid being used to pay for abortions. In the last 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has been renewed annually and has saved more than two million lives!

    This important legislation will make the Hyde Amendment permanent and will apply it across the federal government, not just to Medicaid. This will save even more innocent lives!

    Obama’s LGBT
    Human Rights of LGBTI Persons February 17, 2017
    The Trump administration has decided not to eliminate the position of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, a position created by the Obama administration in 2015.

  • Executive Order 13672-sexual orientation
    USCCB rues Trump’s decision to retain Obama’s LGBT executive order
    February 03, 2017
    Note:The chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to leave in place a 2014 executive order on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.

    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore issued their statement a day before the president addressed the National Prayer Breakfast and pledged to protect religious liberty.

    “The new administration’s decision not to rescind Executive Order 13672 is troubling and disappointing,” the prelates said. “The Executive Order is deeply flawed, and its many problems are outlined in our statement from 2014 … In seeking to remedy instances of discrimination, it creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith.”

    Human Rights of LGBTI Persons February 17, 2017
    The Trump administration has decided not to eliminate the position of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, a position created by the Obama administration in 2015.

    Comment: Posted by: Randal Mandock – 2-4-17 4:47 AM ET USA “These two prelates don’t blow smoke. Trump should pay attention to them.”

    reader’s comment
    Between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand we have the dignity of the human person, but on the other we have behavior detestable to God. Difficult to reconcile in a pluralistic world.
    “Wait and See” and Pray for the rescinding of Executive Order 13672.

  • Religious liberty
  • USCCB committee chairmen call on President Trump to protect religious liberty
    February 17, 2017
    Four bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon President Donald Trump to enact religious-liberty protections.

    A draft executive order has been published in media outlets, but the order has not been signed.

    “Over the last several years, to our great dismay, the federal government has eroded this fundamental right, our first and most cherished freedom,” stated Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Charles Chaput, Archbishop William Lori, and Bishop Frank Dewane.

    They added:

    President Trump has pledged that his “administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.” We urge the fulfillment of this promise, including an end to regulations and other mandates by the federal government that force people of faith to make impossible choices…

    It is indeed encouraging to hear that the President may be considering an Executive Order to implement strong protections for religious freedom across the federal government, in many of the areas where it has been eroded by the preceding Administration, such as health coverage, adoption, accreditation, tax exemption, and government grants and contracts. We ourselves, as well as those we shepherd and serve, would be most grateful if the President would take this positive step toward allowing all Americans to be able to practice their faith without severe penalties from the federal government.

  • Immigration
  • Immigration and the President’s “Protect the Nation” Document”
    Immigration and the President’s “Protect the Nation” Document”

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