CNN Guest Spotlights Hillary Flacks' Catholic Bashing

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<p>From the 11 October 2016 edition of CNN&#39;s <em>Anderson Cooper 360:</em></p>

<p class="rteindent1">JOSEPH BORELLI, NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: There was a story that just broke while we were on the air today about a new leak about John Podesta and Jen Palmieri bashing Catholics &mdash; saying that Rupert Murdoch &mdash; couldn&#39;t believe that Rupert Murdoch baptized his children as Catholics. Seventy million Catholics in this country, 90 million evangelicals &mdash; I think that &mdash; saying that they bastardized their faith is going to help suppress the vote more than anything Donald Trump could do on his own.</p>

<p class="rteindent1">ANDERSON COOPER: Paul?</p>

<p class="rteindent1">PAUL BEGALA: I actually read that exchange&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">CHRISTINE QUINN: Yeah&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BEGALA: They didn&#39;t say that &mdash; an outsider adviser did. First off, John and Jen are friends of mine, and they&#39;re very faithful Catholics. They were not trashing anything. There is &mdash; Joe, I presume you&#39;re a Catholic &mdash; there is a bit of a debate within the Catholic Church, as there is in America, between theological conservatives and theological liberals. Most churches have that. That&#39;s all that they were talking about. They were &mdash; believe me, they were not trashing the Holy Mother Church. There&#39;s no chance that John or Jen would ever do that.</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BORELLI: They said, &#39;They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations, and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.&#39; It&#39;s amazing that they &mdash; &#39;it&#39;s an amazing bastardization of the faith.&#39; That&#39;s &mdash; I think that&#39;s bashing Catholics. I don&#39;t know how you don&#39;t see that as bashing Catholics. I think 70 million Catholics, 90 million evangelicals would probably agree with me that that&#39;s a pretty bad statement about them&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">COOPER: Okay &mdash; let Paul respond&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BEGALA: First off, evangelicals and Catholics are very different creatures&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">QUINN: Very&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BORELLI: The e-mail goes on to say something about evangelicals, so&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">QUINN: Wait, wait! Joe, wait &mdash; just stop!</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BORELLI: Please, defend it.</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BEGALA: They are faithful Catholics themselves. Within the Church, there are debates that go on. An outside adviser wrote in, saying, hey, this is what the conservative Catholics &mdash; these particular people, who are pretty famous people &mdash; this is what they think, and they had their own private conversation about it.</p>

<p class="rteindent1">What we have not talked enough about, though, is that this was a theft. This was a break-in&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BORELLI: Right&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BEGALA: Excuse me &mdash; by, our intelligence agencies believe &mdash; by the Russians. On July 27, Donald Trump stood up on national television, and he called on the Russians to hack Americans. He invited cyber-crime&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">QUINN: This is why the Clinton campaign (unintelligible)&mdash;</p>

<p class="rteindent1">BEGALA: Excuse me. No, it is a crime. In private, people say all kinds of things &mdash; including things about theology. They do &mdash; they talk about religion, they talk about politics, they talk about family &mdash; right? You say a lot of things in a private e-mail. This particular one I happened to read because I&#39;m a faithful Catholic, and I care deeply about my church and my faith &mdash; and those two are good friends of mine, and brother and sister in faith. So it&#39;s particularly upsetting to me for somebody to suggest that, somehow, they&#39;re attacking the Church &mdash; because they were not.</p>

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