A conservative Catholic group has called on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to publicly denounce attacks on Catholic churches as well as the fueling of a “climate of hate” against Catholics by prominent members of his party.
Referring to arson-related church fires, desecration of sacred symbols and statues by extremist mobs and to “the hate-filled rhetoric of leading members of the Democratic Party,” CatholicVote said in a statement that Biden, “a baptized Catholic, has a responsibility and duty to Catholics to publicly condemn these attacks.”
“Catholic churches across America are literally burning, and Joe Biden has said nothing,” CatholicVote President Brian Burch said. “Leading members of the Democratic Party have fueled a climate of hate against Catholics, and these attacks have now led to acts of vandalism and violence. These attacks on the Church raise serious questions about the commitment of Joe Biden, a self-professed Catholic, to stand up to the rising climate of anti-Catholicism across the country.”
Former congressman and CatholicVote Senior Political Adviser Tim Huelskamp said the “growing anti-Catholic rampage” offends “all good and decent Catholics.”
“Joe Biden’s deafening silence during this hate-filled epidemic speaks loudly of his consent to this shocking assault on our religious freedoms,” he added.
Last month, two Catholic churches were set on fire while statues of the Virgin Mary in major cities across the U.S. were defaced.
In the New York City borough of Queens, a vandal targeted a statue of the Virgin Mary located at Cathedral Prep School and Seminary.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar