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Trump's Catholic Group: Santorum, Duffy, Nicholson, Matalin, More

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 08:20 PM

Donald Trump's campaign Thursday announced a list of 34 prominent conservative Catholic advisers – a move that comes as the GOP presidential nominee is polling behind rival Hillary Clinton among Catholic voters, Catholic News Agency reported.

The list includes GOP heavyweights including former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, former Republican National Committee chairman, secretary of veterans affairs and ambassador to the Vatican Jim Nicholson, and ex-White House aide and commentator Mary Matalin.

"On the issues and policies of greatest concern to Catholics, Donald Trump will fight for Catholics whereas Hillary Clinton is openly hostile to those issue of greatest concern to Catholics and will attack the core teachings of the Catholic Church, and has worked against them as first lady, as U.S. senator and as secretary of state, and would continue to do so if she is elected resident," Duffy said in a statement released by the Trump campaign.

Another key selection for the panel is Joseph Cella, founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, who will be the chief liaison to the Trump campaign for Catholic affairs, the campaign announced.

According to CNA, Cella was a signer of "An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics" last March that denounced Trump as a man "manifestly unfit to be president of the United States" who has "driven our politics down to new levels of vulgarity."

Also on the list: Tom Monaghan of Michigan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and the Ave Maria University; Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List; Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback; Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union; former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating; Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot; longtime conservative leader Richard Viguerie; and Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union.

The presidential election has been a tumultuous one for Catholics, with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia calling each candidate "very bad news for our country, though in different ways," CNA reported.

"One candidate, in the view of a lot of people, is a belligerent demagogue with an impulse control problem," Chaput said in a speech at Notre Dame earlier this month, CNA reported. "And the other, also in the view of a lot of people, is a criminal liar, uniquely rich in stale ideas and bad priorities."

The full list:

  • Sen. Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator and presidential candidate
  • Marjorie Dannenfelser, president, Susan B. Anthony List
  • The Honorable Matt Schlapp, chairman, American Conservative Union
  • Ambassador Francis Rooney, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
  • Sean Fieler, President, Chiaroscuro Foundation
  • Rev. Frank Pavone, national director, Priests for Life
  • Chris Slattery, founder and president, Expectant Mother Care
  • Rep. Andrew Harris, U.S. congressman, Maryland, 1st District
  • Janet Morana, co-founder, Silent No More Campaign
  • John Klink, president emeritus, International Catholic Migration Commission
  • Marjorie Murphy Campbell, founder and publisher, New Feminism
  • Deacon Keith Fournier, chairman, Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance
  • Tony Maas, president and CEO of JTM Food Group
  • Patrick Walsh, former chief secretary and attache, U.S. Embassy, Dublin, Ireland
  • Matt Smith, president, Catholic Advocate, board member, American Conservative Union
  • Austin Ruse, president, Center for Family and Human Rights
  • Richard Viguerie, chairman, ConservativeHQ
  • Angela Flood, former director, secretariat of communications, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
  • Lou Murray, New York Life Financial Consultant
  • Lisa Bourne, journalist, LifeSiteNews
  • Rep. Steve Chabot, U.S. congressman, Ohio, 1st District
  • Rep. Mike Kelly, U.S. congressman, Pennsylvania, 3rd District
  • Ed Martin, president, Eagle Forum
  • Chuck Mifsud, president, Catholics for Ohio
  • Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas governor and former Kansas U.S. senator
  • Tom Monaghan, founder, Ave Maria University/Ave Maria School of Law
  • Mark Corallo, founder, Corallo Media Strategies
  • Jay Shepard, RNC national committeeman, Vermont
  • Joseph Cella, founder, National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
  • The Honorable Faith Whittlesey, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and "member of White House senior staff, Reagan Administration"
  • The Honorable R. James Nicholson, former secretary of Veterans Affairs and ambassador to the Holy See
  • The Honorable Frank Keating, former Governor of Oklahoma
  • The Honorable Sean Duffy, Congressman, Wisconsin, 7th District
  • Mary Matalin, former counselor to the vice president

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