Catholics and Evangelicals Rift Builds Over Politics

Abortion and immigration drove a wedge between the two Christian groups.

Pope Francis and United States President Donald J. Trump's ascension to power has led to the renewed divergence of evangelicals and the Roman Catholics. Once healed after a centuries-old protracted battle over Christ's legitimate heir petered away, the wound has reopened. The last few decades even witnessed the two sharing near identical views on gay marriage and abortion. They were also brought together by common interest when it came to parochial schools. The Catholics and evangelicals even signed an alliance called “Catholics & Evangelicals Together” in 1994. Leaders of the two groups announced they would work as co-belligerents, partnering on a few issues and disagreeing on a few others.

Catholics and evangelicals differ on Bible comprehension. As per evangelical Protestants, the Bible is God's sole book in which the Almighty offered revelations to people. The Bible permits them to be in communion with God. Catholics, in contrast, are not dependent solely on the Bible. Other than the Holy Scripture, Roman Catholic Church traditions bound them as well.

Policies adopted by the Trump administration threaten to smash this alliance. A few important Catholic leaders even now worry that such policies have led to the United States being divided on religious lines. The same has been vocalized by Archbishop Jose Gomez, who said the U.S. has lost its way. The head of Los Angeles archdiocese, one of the biggest in the United States, said it is now not possible for people of faith to comprehend their national purpose.

The opposite opinion was verbalized by Reverend Robert Jeffress of Dallas' First Baptist Church. He gave a radically different message when he provided opening prayers to the Almighty during the dedication of the new U.S. Embassy located in Jerusalem. The Reverend thanked God for making Donald Trump the President of United States of America. Jeffress is a noted member of President Trump's evangelical advisory Group, an informal gathering. Although Trump has Catholic advisers, he has increasingly depended on evangelicals. The priorities of Catholics and evangelicals differ from one another.

The Catholic church has flagged immigrant welfare as an important concern. Gomez mentioned them in his speeches, saying there is an urgent requirement for a new narrative which will describe the United States and hold its citizens together with common aims. Other than immigration, NPR states there is ample proof that the evangelicals have replaced Catholics as the principal mover of the anti-abortion movement.

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