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Archbishop Chaput Shares Harsh Views On Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput was in Indiana on Thursday, giving a speech at the University of Notre Dame. In it, he discussed both candidates for President, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Chaput said, referring to the GOP candidate, “belligerent demagogue with an impulse control problem.” Of Clinton he said, “criminal liar, uniquely rich in stale ideas and bad priorities.”

Those are just some of the ways Chaput says that voters view the 2016 candidates for the White House.

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“I would have to agree with him, I suppose,” said Elizabeth Staub. “I have a hard time choosing either candidate.”

In his speech, Chaput also called out state and local leaders, embroiled in controversy saying “I come from a place where the state attorney general was just convicted of nine felonies. The FBI is investigating Philadelphia’s District Attorney.”

The D.A.’s office, in response, told Eyewitness News, “thankfully, we live in a country where everyone is afforded the opportunity to voice their opinions, receive due process and are afforded presumption of innocence.”

A spokesman for the Archdiocese told Eyewitness News that Archbishop Chaput’s comments speak for themselves and had nothing further to say, but others had plenty to add to the conversation.

Karen Miller, from Cincinnati, says she’s been practicing Catholicism for more than 50 years. “I think there is no place for religion in politics. The Pope, the archbishop, whomever, should stay out of politics. Politics are ugly enough.”

However, leading constituents and following the Roman Catholic faith is something Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is known for. His only comment Friday, “I’m a public official and fortunately in this country, we try to keep those two worlds separate.”

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Others say Chaput’s comments, though harsh, are warranted.

“Maybe it’s not his place as a religious leader, but I guess he has the right to speak too,” said John Gravel.

Despite different viewpoints, a belief they cling to is this:

“We’re still a great nation,” said Miller.

 

Comments

One Comment

  1. Allan Kincaid says:

    Perhaps the Arch Bishop would care to explain the Clinton’s breaking of virtually all of the 10 Commandments.

  2. otto laghi says:

    Separation of church and state refers to no government establishment of a particular religion and no prohibition of the practice of religion. The archbishop is entitled to express his opinions as an American citizen.

  3. HeywoodJablowme says:

    What were his comments about Hillary/ The catholic church is all in support of illegal immigration in order to replentish their decimated ranks. Bring the third worlders in and we can exploit them, not to mention the money the government gives the church to resettle immigrants. hey Kaput, go tell your socialist leader Frankie to get with reality and realize we are in a war. Hey Popie, tear down that wall.

  4. Hank Maglio says:

    guess he doesn’t no about seperation of religon and state,,,he doesn’t say anything about politics,,,

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