Outraged by the anti-Catholic bigotry displayed in leaked Team Clinton emails this week, the powerful Philadelphia bishop blasted both President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for their efforts to undermine church teachings.
In his weekly column for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput Thursday demanded that Clinton repudiate the emails — then added that he doesn't expect her to.
Mocking the theme in the emails that Catholics are backward thinking for views on abortion, marriage and other core issues, Chaput wrote, "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."
He described Clinton as "a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots."
The emails have roiled the Catholic community, especially among conservative church followers and leaders like Chaput.
The email scandal gave Chaput a chance to also blast Obama and his liberal policies that, he said, have done "cultural damage."
Then, he turned to Clinton in his column, writing:
"But bad can always get worse. 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. 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."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org