Trump names panel of Catholic advisers

What happened?

Donald Trump has assembled an advisory group of 34 Catholics.

It includes former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B Anthony List, a pro-life group.

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is hoping to shore up his support among churchgoing Christians. One of the 34, Joseph Cella, founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, said he was persuaded by Trump’s positions on religious liberty, abortion and economics.

What Trump supporters are saying

In an impassioned homily at a Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, Fr Michael Orsi said that Catholics should do everything to keep the Democrats out of office. Fr Orsi, former chaplain to Ave Maria Law School, told Catholics that, given the Democrats’ opposition to Catholic teaching on abortion, “you might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November”. He also said that, given the Democrats’ likely appointments to appeals courts, religious liberty and the rights of the unborn would shrink.

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