In an emailed statement, John Snyder – who was once hailed as the “dean of Washington gun lobbyists’ by The Washington Post, asked whether Cardinal Sean O’Malley is a “Democrat hack.” Snyder stated, “O'Malley criticizes Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his immigration rhetoric but ignores Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's promotion of abortion, euthanasia and same sex marriage."
Snyder is the founder and director of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society – an association of Catholic gunowners – and is former editor for the National Rifle Association.
Cardinal O'Malley told Radio Teilifis Eirearn of Ireland last month that Trump's rhetoric on immigration is troublesome.  "I worry about his rhetoric," said O'Malley. "It's very easy to stir up resentment and to blame groups of people." 
However, Snyder noted, "Immigration is a matter of opinion but abortion is a matter of Catholic doctrine.” Referring to Cardinal O’Malley’s role as a faith leader, Snyder said, "Catholics cannot in good conscience vote for a political candidate who promotes abortion. That means Clinton. Why doesn't O'Malley tell it like it is? Is this prince of the Church an acolyte of the left?"
"Unfortunately," Snyder continued, "O'Malley is not alone in this episcopal recalcitrance. American Catholic bishops in general are ignoring a major moral responsibility. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and individual ordinaries so far have failed to indicate that Catholics in good conscience may not vote for the presidential candidacy of abortion supporter Hillary Clinton." 
Snyder noted, "Father Stephen F. Torraco, Ph.D., in his EWTN analysis of catechism voting requirements for Catholics, states clearly that to vote for a candidate 'with the knowledge that the candidate is pro-abortion is to become an accomplice in the moral evil of abortion. If the voter also knows this, then the voter sins mortally.'”
"If Clinton became president, she surely would nominate abortion promoting justices to the United States Supreme Court at any and every opportunity. She also would nominate abortion promoters to lower federal courts. She would appoint supporters of abortion and other heinous practices to various positions throughout the federal bureaucracy."
Snyder predicted, "A Clinton presidency would feature legal persecution of Catholics and the Catholic Church for upholding traditional Christian morality. This probably would include criminal penalties for conviction. Bishops should inform Catholics they cannot in good conscience support Clinton for president. The best practical way to prevent Clinton from becoming president is to elect the Trump-Pence ticket. Catholic Church officials and others can support the Trump-Pence ticket to preserve freedom of religion."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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