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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  October 12, 2016
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Message to Paul Ryan: A Good Catholic Would Do His or Her Best to Stop Hillary Clinton and Support the Alternative, Donald Trump, Enthusiastically

Vulgar words should not be spoken, even in a private conversation between two men, of course, but such vulgarity pales before the mocking of Catholics, or Evangelicals, or Jews.

Catholics and Evangelicals are among those sorely disappointed to learn that 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had spoken crudely in a private conversation with a member of the Bush family more than a decade ago.

Pauk Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives and a Catholic Republican and former alter boy who sends his children to Catholic school and chose not to run for President himself this year, withdrew his unenthusiastic support for Trump as a result of the public disclosure of Trump's bad words.

Then Wikileaks public released something much worse: Clinton World email mocking Catholics and Evangelicals.

God works in mysterious ways.

What will Ryan do now?

Is Ryan humble enough to admit that he should be enthusiastically supporting Trump and beginning doing so?

Does Ryan realize that God works in mysteries ways?

Does Ryan realize what God can do with sinners?

Does Ryan remember that a sinner named Saul became a saint named Paul and helped mightily to spread Christianity throughout the world?

Does Ryan respect America's Catholic pro-life champion, Father Frank Pavone.

Father Pavone recently stated:

"These unfortunate comments from Mr. Trump's past should not affect pro-life voters at all in terms of how they vote in the presidential race, because the alternative to Trump is monumentally worse not only in terms of the candidate personally, but of the entire army that follows him or her into so many offices like secretary of state, of HHS, surgeon general, attorney general, and thousands of other positions, not to mention the courts.

"We don't just elect an individual to the presidency; we elect an entire army of people whose worldview is marked by the party platform.

"Moreover, in light of the specific faults of Mr. Trump, I offer the following observations:

  • Voting for someone isn't a score on a personal virtue test; it is a transfer of power in order to qualify someone to do a job, which includes signing bills into law and nominating judges. The ability to do that does not diminish because of sins committed in the past.

  • Either we have a religious test for office or we don't. A religious test doesn't only mean that the candidate does not have to adhere to any particular confessional creed; it also means that the candidate does not have to have lived up to one.

  • What an incredible reparation Mr. Trump is making now for any past faults by the very fact that he is running as the Republican nominee for president and is ready to nominate the right kind of judges and sign the right kinds of legislation, which will steer our nation away from so many morally corrupt public policies. A penitent sinner could hardly have a more substantial opportunity to make reparation.

  • Repentance for the past is Mr. Trump's current stance (as that of so many Americans!); continuing in a morally corrupt policy posture is the current stance of the Democrats.

  • It takes a great deal of moral courage, actually, to take the step Mr. Trump is taking by running for public office. He knows his past and knows what will be brought up about it. Yet he is willing to move forward both personally and professionally for the good of the country. The Lord is the one who says, 'Your sins I will remember no more.' The one who is known as the 'accuser' is the devil.

  • It is particularly hypocritical for the other side, whose policies and worldview (like that of Planned Parenthood) destroy and distort any meaning that human sexuality has, to be concerned about sexual behavior and comments. Sins of the past are one thing; embracing a bankrupt view of sexuality today, and in public policy, is worse."

    Father Pavone is absolutely right.

    St. Paul saw the light and repented.

    Anyone can.

    We are imperfect, but not irredeemable.

    Reverend Jesse Jackson, a Democrat presidential hopeful, was embarrassed when his anti-Semitic remarks went public in 1984.

    The Washington Post, which has been focused on stopping Trump, told the story this way (

    "Rev. Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as 'Hymies' and to New York City as 'Hymietown' in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Jackson had assumed the references would not be printed because of his racial bond with Coleman, but several weeks later Coleman permitted the slurs to be included far down in an article by another Post reporter on Jackson's rocky relations with American Jews.

    "A storm of protest erupted, and Jackson at first denied the remarks, then accused Jews of conspiring to defeat him. The Nation of Islam's radical leader Louis Farrakhan, an aggressive anti-Semite and old Jackson ally, made a difficult situation worse by threatening Coleman in a radio broadcast and issuing a public warning to Jews, made in Jackson's presence: 'If you harm this brother [Jackson], it will be the last one you harm.'

    "Finally, Jackson doused the fires in late February with an emotional speech admitting guilt and seeking atonement before national Jewish leaders in a Manchester, New Hampshire synagogue. Yet Jackson refused to denounce Farrakhan, and lingering, deeply rooted suspicions have led to an enduring split between Jackson and many Jews. The frenzy also heightened tensions between Jackson and the mostly white establishment press."

    Trump did not deny his vulgar words.

    Trump apologized for them.

    Vulgar words should not be spoken, even in a private conversation between two men, of course, but such vulgarity pales before the mocking of Catholics, or Evangelicals, or Jews.

    Ryan needs to understand that, repent HIS political sins and work harder than he has ever worked before to elect Trump President of the United States and make America great again.

    Ryan should do so now, because it is critical that Trump instead of Hillary Clinton wins.

    Michael J. Gaynor

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    Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

    Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

    Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

    The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

    Gaynor currently contributes regularly to,,, and and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

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