In some of the latest emails released by WikiLeaks, people of faith are under attack.
While obviously not meant to be public, these emails illustrate the contempt that some in the inner circle of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hold for people of faith.
The current controversy (one of many from the recent email releases) surrounds an email exchange between Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri. Both Podesta and Palmieri are Catholic, but politically they lean heavily in the opposite direction of the Church. In the email exchange, Palmieri sharply criticizes Catholics.
“I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion…Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals,” Palmieri wrote. She even accuses some of “an amazing bastardization of the faith” and calls Catholic beliefs “backwards.”
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. is speaking out. Chaput spoke with LifeSiteNews about the issue. He suggested that Catholic voters who voted for President Barack Obama are partly to blame for the current anti-Catholic rhetoric we see coming from the Clinton camp. But his sharpest remarks are aimed at the religious bigotry illustrated in the emails.
“I’m thinking, of course, of the contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team,” Chaput said.
The Archbishop recalled one encounter with operatives of the Democratic Party describing them as “creatures of a political machine, not men of the Church, less concerned with Catholic teaching than with its influence.”
Chaput called for the Clinton campaign to speak out against the type of anti-Catholic bigotry exhibited in these emails. He ended on a humorous note.
“Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails…All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful,” he said.