Leaked emails show ‘hostility’ to Catholic Church, some say
Emails released by WikiLeaks and allegedly hacked from the server of a top aide to Hillary Clinton have ignited a fierce exchange over the tone and content of the messages.
Those weighing in include the president of the US bishops’ conference and a Catholic adviser to the Donald Trump campaign.
One of the leaked email chains criticised Catholics described as conservative for being “attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations” of the Catholic Church. Another chain suggested using contraception as a wedge issue and called for a “Catholic Spring” in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a Middle Ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.
The chief liaison to Trump for Catholic issues said that emails released last week by WikiLeaks “reveal the depths of the hostility of Hillary Clinton and her campaign towards Catholics.” The emails illustrate “the open anti-Catholic bigotry of her senior advisers, who attack the deeply held beliefs and theology of Catholics,” said liaison Joseph Cella, who is the founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.Tags: Catholic Church, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, WikiLeaks