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The current U.S. election campaign is certainly one of mass confusion. There is so much fraud, misinformation, and defamation that it can become slightly intoxicating. The two presidential candidates, both Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton, wrongly focus on each other’s characters. They fail to realize that the judgement of their characters is not in their own hands, but in the hands of the American people. While a person's character traits are important, especially his or her moral character, remember that we are all sinners. Yes, we ALL have regrets, we all have skeletons in our closet. All that we can do to rectify our wrongdoings is apologize and ask for forgiveness. Donald Trump is doing just that; Hillary Clinton is falling short.
Now with that being said, for a public official to outright lie to the American people, to lie to congress, under legal and spiritual oath, and never apologized for it, is indefensible. Let's be honest, and think about our children's future here. If she is capable of this deceitful behavior, how in the world can she be trusted? To paraphrase Luke 16:10 – if we cannot trust Ms. Clinton with the largest of matters – how can she ever benefit our country? Hillary Clinton is scandalous, the integrity of character is what’s really “Deplorable.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) describes a ‘scandal’ as such; CCC-2284 “Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.”
CCC-2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion. Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws or social structures leading to the decline of morals and the corruption of religious practice, or to “Social conditions that, intentionally or not, make Christian conduct and obedience to the Commandments difficult and practically impossible.”
CCC-2288 This is also true of business and political leaders who encouraging fraud, teachers who provoke their children to anger, or manipulators of public opinion who turn away from moral values.
CCC-2287 Anyone who uses the power at his or her disposal, in such a way that it leads others to do wrong, becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged. Remember, Jesus tells us that “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom (through whom) they come!" (Luke 17:1)
May God bless this nation,