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By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 14, 2020

Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and senior research associate at the University of Notre Dame.

Francis X. MaierO God, in your mercy, deliver your people from another column about politics.  After all, isn’t everyone exhausted?  But alas, like other embarrassing social diseases, the political warts of the last four years linger.

On November 9, the Wall Street Journal published a photo of Joe Biden – front page, above the fold – walking to Mass on the day after a news agency declared him president-elect.  It was a snapshot of leadership piety.  Reassuring.  Decent. Normal.  And it was taken just hours after a victory speech in which our presumptive president-elect called for unity and healing, and an end to “this grim era of demonization.”

Never mind Mr. Biden’s eccentric view of what being “Catholic” means in matters of public policy.  All of his words sounded good. . .except for the fact that a hefty share of the recent “era of demonization” came, and still flows, from Biden’s own party.  Donald Trump may have teased and fed the nation’s spirit of conflict, but he didn’t create it.  He inherited it from his predecessor.  …