An Open Letter to President Trump

President and First Lady Standing in the Sistine Chapel, Rome

Dear Mr. President,

In the wake of the ridiculous and absurd articles of impeachment filed against you yesterday in the US House of Representatives, I want to make my thoughts known. I do believe you will actually read this, as I think your advisers will make sure it reaches your desk somehow. However, I want others to read it as well, and I’m not the least bit ashamed to share my thoughts on the matter with you and the whole world. Unlike some members of Congress, who claim the name “Catholic” for themselves, I am a faithful, orthodox and traditional Catholic who actually believes what the Church teaches and takes it seriously. You’ll find Catholics like me are a minority in the US Catholic Church, and we are not usually represented well by our clerical leaders. As for Catholic politicians, I’m sorry to say, they should be examined on a case-by-case basis, as all too many simply don’t represent what Catholicism really is, or what authentic Catholics really believe, think or feel.

In the midst of this ridiculous absurdity the House Democrats have forced upon us, there is but one thing I want to make sure you hear most loudly. I want you to hear me say THANK YOU.

Specifically, I want to say thank you for all of the pro-life judges you’ve given us, and I want to say thank you for the pro-life justices you’re trying to give us. I want to say thank you for your pro-life policies. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart on these things, because it is true, and it cannot be denied, that you are the most pro-life president up to this point in American history. For that you deserve a hearty thank you, not only from me, but from every pro-life Christian in America, and from the countless unborn children who will owe their very lives to you in the years to come. The pro-life issue should be at the forefront of every authentic Catholic mind when it comes to social and political policy. If it’s not, then I question the Catholicism of that person, and so should you and everyone else. I don’t care if that person wears a collar or even a miter. If he’s not 100% pro-life, then he’s not 100% Catholic, and that is a litmus test everyone who bears the name “Catholic” must pass. The voices of previous popes, and even this current one (at times), thunder against the culture of death that so easily extinguishes the lives of the weak and helpless, most particularly the unborn, but also the sick, disabled and elderly. You have stood up as a defender of life and as a voice for the weak. For that you deserved to be thanked, and I say thank you.

I also want to say thank you for your stand against secular globalism, which threatens our American way of life and puts our American soldiers in harm’s way unnecessarily. Globalism has been the cause of many unjust wars in recent history, unjust military action, and unjust danger to our American troops who swore to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States, not the flag of the United Nations. Authentic Catholicism teaches us that we should be patriotic. That word, patriotism, comes from the Latin word patria, meaning “fatherland.” We are instructed by our faith to love our own families, our own neighbors, our own backyards, our own country, our fatherland, and we are to act as good citizens of the countries in which we live, work and raise our children. The only form of globalism that authentic Catholicism calls for is the Social Kingship of Christ, which is a brotherhood of nations and laws under the teachings of Jesus Christ as clarified through his Catholic Church. This primarily consists of subsidiarity, meaning that each nation is independent and sovereign, not a mere province of some global empire or international corporate interests. Your administration has stood strong for national sovereignty, in the American way, without kneeling to the will of the United Nations or some Christless global agenda. For that, as an authentic Catholic who really believes the faith, I say thank you.

I also want to say thank you for your generous and humanitarian stand on immigration. Unlike your predecessors, who practically encouraged illegal immigration with their policies (if not their words), you actually show that you care about people by discouraging them from breaking the law, and putting themselves in harm’s way by crossing the border illegally. While Democrat propaganda would have us believe your policies hurt immigrants, the truth is your policies are actually consistent with Catholic teaching, by opening up legal ways of entering this country, while closing the door to illegal methods that harm families and exploit children. The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs us to be generous to the foreigner, but at the same time, it also states that nations have a right to regulate and limit immigration/migration, and to set up necessary expectations (requirements) for those who wish to legally immigrate. Again, while it says that more prosperous countries, to the extent that they are able, are to welcome the foreigners, it also says, specifically: “Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens” (CCC 2241). As you know, as we all know, entering the country illegally is not “obeying its laws” and shirks the assistance of “carrying civic burdens” required of all persons, citizens and visitors alike. No so-called “Catholic” politician can deny this, nor can any leader in the US Catholic hierarchy. For it is the very teaching of the faith itself as approved by Pope St. John Paul II the Great, in the Catechism he signed with his own hand, before later revisions which I won’t go into here. Your policies, including the wall, are in keeping with this Catholic teaching. The policy’s intention is clearly a concern, not only for our great nation, but also for the poor and destitute who seek to come here. It is in seeking everyone’s best interest. For this, as a practicing and orthodox Catholic, I say thank you.

I also want to say thank you for your strong stand in favor of religious freedom. Your administration has worked hard to secure the rights of all people of faith, but most especially conservative Christians, who for various reasons of conscience have come under attack by those with social and political agendas (usually of a sexual nature), that seek to legally harm anyone who disagrees. Your predecessor aided and abetted this action with his healthcare mandates and did nothing to stop the abuse of our court system to this effect. Your administration is working to change that, not only with judicial appointments, but also with executive orders and policy directives that restore our first amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion in the public square. For this, as a religious American and as a Catholic, I thank you.

Lastly, I would like to thank you for your tireless efforts to improve the American economy which has helped American families, including my own. Your trade deals, designed to bring our manufacturing infrastructure back home, are a vital part of this, restoring the integrity and abundance of blue-collar jobs, which so many Catholics (and others) have relied upon for so many decades. Because of this, our nation now enjoys the lowest unemployment rate in my lifetime (I am 49), and the lowest unemployment rate for minorities in history. You have helped African-Americans and Latino-Americans get back to work, and provide for their families again. This is the greatest dignity for any breadwinner, and I know that in the days ahead you will work to secure this dignity even further. Restoring America’s manufacturing infrastructure is the greatest importance to insuring an economic future for our children and generations to come. For this, my own children now have hope for a brighter future and hope for pursuing the American dream. This, Mr. President, is very, very Catholic, because securing the right to work and provide for one’s family is what strengthens families in general. It allows them to be secure in their material needs, which in turn allows them to practice their faith more effectively, by sharing it with others, both in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Above all, the family is what makes America great, and your administration has worked tirelessly to improve the lot of the American family, bringing the fruit of our labor back home where it can be used for the good of our families. This is the American dream. It is not one of riches and power, at least that’s not what it is for most of us. It is the right to pursue happiness, as enumerated by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. He phrased it thus because he knew that while the right to private property and profit is essential to the happiness of many, it is not the end goal for all. For Christians, happiness is defined as the freedom to live our faith, and the means to provide for the material and spiritual needs of our families. Property and profit play a role in this, but they are means to an end, not an end in and of themselves. Your administration has worked to improve the lot of all American families, across the entire social and economic spectrum. For this, as a faithful Catholic, a loving father, and an American patriot, I say thank you.

May you have a Holy Advent and a Merry Christmas.

I am sincerely yours in Jesus Christ our Lord,

Shane Schaetzel
Springfield, Missouri

5 thoughts on “An Open Letter to President Trump

  1. Very well said Shane! I too am a traditional Catholic and watched with interest the election of Mr. Trump whom I know is vastly superior to those in power in New Zealand. Our Prime Minister & her obedient servant the Minister of Justice, as well as others are determined to force shameful legislation on this country that advocates killing the elderly as well as the unborn, without any limits. Also they advocate complete relaxation of all laws banning illegal drugs. Please spare a prayer for NZ. I pray for family & friends who live in USA. I wish a holy & Happy Christmas for you & all your family. God bless……Diane Taylor (M.Phil)

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  2. Shane, Your letter was most comprehensive & erudite. Thank YOU for speaking TRUTH for the tiny remnant of we FEW faithful Catholics. I’m sharing the heck out of it & hope it gets shared all over social media. It may serve as a clarion call for our nominal “believers” brothers to awaken from their spiritual sloth/slumber to finally ACT. I sent the POTUS a brief note assuring him & his family of my prayers for his perseverance & ability to forgive the perpetrators of the assault he’s been enduring since even before taking office. MARANATHA. May you & your family enjoy a blessed Christmas & New Year.

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