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Pence reflects on Catholic upbringing, says Catholics have an ally in President Trump

June 07, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on June 6 and expressed his “deep appreciation for the Church’s rich contributions to the fabric of American life.”

Pence, now an evangelical, looked back on his Catholic upbringing, including his service as an altar boy and his Catholic schooling.

“I was not only baptized in the Church, but I was confirmed, and I stand before you today as Michael Richard Christopher Pence,” he said, adding, “While my own faith journey has taken me and my family in a different direction, I want you all to know how much I cherish my Catholic upbringing and cherish the Church.”

Pence then praised President Donald Trump:

To all the great American Catholics gathered here, let me assure you this morning, bright and early at this prayer breakfast, American Catholics have an ally in President Donald Trump.

President Trump stands for the religious liberty of every American and the right of our people of faith to live out your convictions in the public square. President Trump stands with those who are persecuted for their faith around the world—no matter the country they call home or the creed they profess. And President Donald Trump stands with the most vulnerable—the aged, the infirm, and the unborn.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jun. 07, 2017 10:37 PM ET USA

    Where to start? President Trump has pandered to get the Catholic vote by incorporating feel-good words such as pro-life,unborn and "I'll pray for you" into speeches aimed at Catholics and Evangelicals. But his proposed policies reflect his real values I expect nothing less from our Bishops than to be our shepherds and not betray us. They answer to God for how well they fulfilled His mission,not to a politician who has his own self-interest in mind.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jun. 07, 2017 6:44 PM ET USA

    Words fail me. I should not be astounded by continuing defense of such a President as Donald Trump. History will not be kind to to this period of U.S.governance,if,in fact there are any American citizens left to read it.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 07, 2017 8:05 AM ET USA

    Compare this to our "Catholic" former VP Biden, a supporter of abortions, who himself officiated last August a "wedding" between two male White House aides. Sometimes I feel embarrassed for our Catholic Bishops who appear to have little or no appreciation for the fact that Trump's White House is the most Christian-friendly since Reagan. Instead, they publicly oppose him on issues outside of the Bishops' competence like securing the national borders, or rejecting dubious climate agreement.