Weighing in once again on the presidential race, Archbishop Charles Chaput on Thursday called on Hillary Clinton to repudiate "anti-Catholic" emails some of her campaign staffers circulated among themselves.
The hacked emails were among those that were released this week by Wikileaks and have become ammunition for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
"They voiced great concern at the manipulative skill of Catholic agents for the Republican Party," Chaput said of his visitors. "And they hoped my brother bishops and I would resist identifying the Church with single-issue and partisan (read: abortion) politics."
He also wrote: "Thanks to their work, and activists like them, American Catholics helped to elect an administration that has been the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers, institutions, concerns and liberty in generations."
The archbishop then cites the hacked emails, calling them "contemptuously anti-Catholic."
In his own words:
"A sample: Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed John Podesta, now the head of Hillary Clinton's campaign, to ask about whether 'the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage' could be the tinder for a revolution. 'There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship,' Newman writes.
"Of course, Newman added, 'this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance.' Still, he wondered, how would one 'plant the seeds of a revolution'? John Podesta replied that 'We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this . . . likewise Catholics United' (emphasis added)."
Chaput called for an apology from Clinton's people.
"Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails," he said. "All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful. "
Chaput moved quickly to dispel any interpretation that his words were meant to be supportive of Trump.
"In the meantime, a friend describes the choice facing voters in November this way: A vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots.
"In a nation where 'choice' is now the unofficial state religion, the menu for dinner is remarkably small."