As the world eagerly anticipates tonight’s interview between Tucker Carlson and President Donald Trump, it is important to reflect on this event through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. As Catholics, we are called to promote the common good, respect the dignity of every human person, and work for justice and peace in our world, but everything starts here at home. It is with these principles in mind that we must approach the interview.
Tucker will likely ask questions regarding immigration. Donald Trump has been vocal about his stance on controlling illegal immigration. As Catholics, we are called to welcome the stranger and treat all individuals with dignity and respect. This includes immigrants, regardless of their legal status. There are three basic principles of Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration.
First Principle: People have the right to migrate to sustain their lives and the lives of their families.
Second Principle: A country has the right to regulate its borders and to control immigration.
Third Principle: A country must regulate its borders with justice and mercy.
Trump will want to emphasize all three principles.
Tucker will also ask Trump about Ukraine. Trump has declared that he would end the war in 24 hours. “Nothing is to be lost with peace; everything can be lost with war.” These were words used by Pope Pius XII in August 1939, on the eve of World War II. Catholic Social Teaching states that seeking alternative solutions to war for resolving international conflicts has taken on tremendous urgency today, primarily because of “the terrifying power of the means of destruction — to which even medium and small-sized countries have access — and the ever closer links between the peoples of the whole world make it very difficult or practically impossible to limit the consequences of a conflict.”
A war of aggression is intrinsically immoral. In the tragic case where such a war breaks out, leaders of the State that have been attacked have the right and the duty to organize a defense even using the force of arms. Americans need to understand what is the long-term goal of the war in Ukraine and what our role as a country should be moving forward.
Another discussion point that is likely to come up is the economy. As Catholics, we believe that the economy should serve the needs of all people, not just the wealthy and powerful. This means that we must work to create an economy that promotes the common good, provides for the basic needs of all people, and respects the rights and dignity of workers. Donald Trump will likely talk about the economy for an extended period of time, reminding voters of the the problems of inflation under the Biden administration.
Yet another issue that may be discussed is the environment. Under the Biden administration, the Green Agenda and Climate Change has been significantly pushed forward. Also, America’s energy dependency has increased. Gas prices have increased. Energy jobs have also been reduced. Focus has shifted to future goals and away from current needs and tangible solutions. As Catholics, we believe that we have a responsibility to care for God’s creation and to protect the environment for future generations.
“Care for the environment represents a challenge for all of humanity… It is a responsibility that must mature on the basis of the global dimension of the present ecological crisis and the consequent necessity to meet it on a worldwide level, since all beings are interdependent in the universal order established by the Creator. ‘One must take into account the nature of each being and of its mutual connection in an ordered system.”
Donald Trump will want to outline his plan for how he will help maintain this balance.
We know that Tucker will ask Trump about the barrage of indictments against him from the Department of Justice. Trump has said many times, “They are not coming after me. They are coming after you.” This raises the topic FBI investigations against Catholics. Just a few months ago, a resolution was introduced by Republicans for the FBI Director to be impeached. The resolution alleges that the FBI has targeted pro-lifers and Latin Mass Catholics under Director Christopher Wray’s watch. The resolution would force Democrats to vote on the appropriateness of using the federal government to target conservative American citizens.
As we approach tonight’s interview, it is important to remember that these issues are not just political issues, but moral ones as well. As Catholics, we have a responsibility to speak out for the common good, morality, freedom of religion, and the downfall of American culture.
In conclusion, as we look ahead to tonight’s interview between Tucker Carlson and President Donald Trump, let us remember the teachings of our Catholic faith. Let us work to promote the common good, respect every American citizen’s dignity, protect our rights, and build a United States that exemplifies, “One Nation Under God.”
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