Some TCU Catholics consider election from a moral viewpoint


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

By Alexis Bierman

As one of the most memorable presidential elections in history unfolds, some TCU Catholic students are digging deep into their faith to as they try to decide between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. 

While attempting to adhere to their community’s mission to live the “mystery of life in faith, hope and love,” some TCU Catholics have been stumped by this election.

Despite the presidential debates, persuasive ads and Twitter rants, many TCU Catholic Community members, including junior communication studies major Margaret Foley, are still unsure which candidate is most deserving of their vote.

“This being my first time as an eligible voter, I don’t want to be naive in my choice, but I’m still unsure on who the best fit for our country is,” Foley said. “To be honest, I’m not a big fan of either of the candidates.”

TCU Catholic Community chaplain, the Rev. James A. Wilcox said there are two issues – abortion and immigration – that Catholic voters may be wrestling with. While Clinton supports abortion, she favors a path to citizenship when it comes to undocumented immigrants who don’t have criminal records. On the other hand, Trump opposes abortion but wants to deport all undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Wilcox said the abortion rights debate is one of the most distinct moral issues taking place. “We have to vote in a way that promotes and respects life in all instances.”

With regards to immigration, Wilcox said, “We are a society that should be built on hospitality and helping those who are in great need.”

Wilcox advises students, “to vote your conscience.”