- September 22, 2016 -

​TRUMP CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES CATHOLIC ADVISORY GROUP

NEW YORK, NY - Today, the Donald J. Trump campaign announced a new group convened to provide advisory support to Mr. Trump on those issues and policies important to Catholics and other people of faith in America.

The Catholic Advisory Group is a key element of the Faith and Cultural Advisory Committee to the campaign. And Mr. Joseph Cella, Founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, will serve as the Catholic Liaison for the members and the campaign.

The formation of this group represents Donald J. Trump’s endorsement of a range of issues and policies important to Catholics and other Christians, and his desire to have access to the wise counsel of such leaders.

“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 US Senator and as Secretary of State, and would continue to do so if she is elected President,” said Congressman Sean Duffy.

“Catholics are particularly concerned that she would pack the Supreme Court with 3-5 young ideological liberals whose decisions will have far reaching and long lasting implication for the Catholic Church and the lay faithful on everything from the pro-life issue, to religious liberty to health care and educational mandates, just to name a few,” Duffy concluded.

“America is on the wrong track, as economic opportunities wane and families face a coarsened society where people of faith feel bullied, disrespected and marginalized. We have slipped so far, so fast, at a pace quickened by our failure to uphold the dignity of unborn life,” said Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union. “There are moments when people of deep faith have to stand up. Voters who know deep in their soul that America needs to heal also know we need refreshing, bold conservative leadership. 2016 is one of those times and I’m proud to support Donald Trump for President.”

Click here to view Mr. Trump's Issues of Importance to Catholics

The Catholic Advisory Group Members are as follows:

1. Sen. Rick Santorum, Former US Senator and presidential candidate

2. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List

3. The Honorable Matt Schlapp, Chairman, American Conservative Union

4. Ambassador Francis Rooney, Former US Ambassador to the Holy See

5. Sean Fieler, President, Chiaroscuro Foundation

6. Rev. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

7. Chris Slattery, Founder & President, Expectant Mother Care

8. Cong. Andrew Harris, US Congressman, Maryland, 1st District

9. Janet Morana, Co-Founder, Silent No More Campaign

10. John Klink, President Emeritus, International Catholic Migration Commission

11. Marjorie Murphy Campbell, Founder & Publisher, New Feminism

12. Deacon Keith Fournier, Chairman, Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance

13. Tony Maas, President & CEO of JTM Food Group

14. Patrick Walsh, Former Chief Secretary and Attache, US Embassy, Dublin, Ireland

15. Matt Smith, President, Catholic Advocate, Board Member, American Conservative Union

16. Austin Ruse, President, Center for Family and Human Rights

17. Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ

18. Angela Flood, Former Director, Secretariat of Communications, Archdiocese of Washington, DC

19. Lou Murray, New York Life Financial Consultant

20. Lisa Bourne, Journalist, LifeSiteNews

21. Cong. Steve Chabot, US Congressman, Ohio, 1st District

22. Cong. Mike Kelly, US Congressman, Pennsylvania, 3rd District

23. Ed Martin, President, Eagle Forum

24. Chuck Mifsud, President, Catholics for Ohio

25. Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor and former Kansas US Senator

26. Tom Monaghan, Founder, Ave Maria University/Ave Maria School of Law

27. Mark Corallo, Founder, Corallo Media Strategies

28. Jay Shepard, RNC National Committeeman, Vermont

29. Joseph Cella, Founder, National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

30. "The Honorable" Faith Whittlesey, Former US Ambassador to Switzerland and "member of White House senior staff, Reagan Administration"

31. The Honorable R. James Nicholson, Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Ambassador to the Holy See

32. The Honorable Frank Keating, Former Governor of Oklahoma

33. The Honorable Sean Duffy, Congressman, Wisconsin, 7th District

34. Mary Matalin, Former Counselor to the Vice President