Cruz Favored by Conservative Catholics as a Trump Alternative

Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Ted Cruz is now gaining support from the Catholic community.

Many Americans think that Donald Trump is an unfit presidential candidate. To drum up the Catholic backing for Ted Cruz, more than fifty conservative Catholic activists have come in support of him, led by professor Robert George of the Princeton University and Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of Virginia. The reason why they are supporting him is because of his stand on gay marriage, abortion, and religious freedom. Ted Cruz is an avid advocate of religious freedom, and he opposes both gay marriage and abortion.

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According to the post made by George on Cruz’s website, there is no one else who stands for religious liberty as much as Ted Cruz. He believes in the basic constitutional freedoms of the American people. George stated that the one thing that binds all the American people together, despite their difference, is their honor towards the Constitution. According to George, Ted Cruz is someone who will uphold the Constitution high.

Monsignor Ed Lofton, a pastor at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Summerville, Sacramento, expressed happiness in providing Cruz with his personal endorsement. He said that he believes in the strong role of the Church in selecting the future leader of the country. He urged his fellow Catholics to support Cruz. This enthusiastic vocal endorsement was not welcomed by all the members of the Church.

Greg Kandra, a Deacon, and a Catholic news site Aleteia blogger said that there are strict guidelines against the active involvement of the members of the Church in politics. According to him, endorsing or opposing a particular political party or candidate goes against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops policies. Last week, professor Robert George through an article in National Review Online asked the Catholics to support Cruz and oppose Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz, responding to the support from George, said that he is grateful and honored to have his endorsement. He said he has known George for the past 25 years, that he was his thesis adviser in college. Cruz said George is a good friend. Cruz further said that George is a man of faith. He is a very intelligent person who speaks truth with clarity and conviction.

Robert George is a prominent figure who has received many awards and honors. He is the holder of the Presidential Citizens medal. He has an Honorific Medal (Human Rights) from Poland. He holds the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, as well.


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