Catholic Professor Declares ‘Trumpism’ a New Heresy

Out of the stunned disbelief of the Catholic Left at Donald Trump’s victory comes the serious suggestion that Catholic supporters of Trump’s “America First” should be considered heretics. For all you non-Catholics, I will explain that to be declared a heretic means to become ex-communicated, that is, separated from the Church, God, and salvation.

In other words, all “Trumpists” are going to hell.

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. After all, didn’t Hillary Clinton declare all Trump supporters “deplorable” and “irredeemable”?

Prof. Charlie Camosy, an associate professor of theology at Fordham University, bases his argument upon the premise that “America First” is a form of idolatry, putting the interests of the nation before the demands of “the Gospel.” When I questioned Prof. Camosy about this claim on my Facebook page, he answered that the idolatry of this claim was “clearly idolatry.” When I asked him whether or not that meant it was true prima facie (at first glance), he answered, “Yes.”

Prof. Camosy is, therefore, claiming that his accusation of heresy requires no argument and no evidence, because “America First” is a form of idolatry prima facie. (The reader should bear in mind that between a former professor of philosophy — me — and a present professor of theology — him — terms like prima facie are tools of the trade and have a very specific meaning.)

Prof. Camosy, who describes himself as pro-life, wrote, “Catholic support for Donald Trump in the 2016 election was disturbingly high.” The defense of innocent life does not appear as a factor in the professor’s column. “The heresy of Trumpism,” he describes, “takes something that is true — the goodness of the United States and of patriotism — and pushes to a place where it crowds out the source of our ultimate concern: the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his Church.”

In other words, he argues that Trump supporters are placing America ahead of their Christian faith, making the nation an “ultimate concern” (theologian Paul Tillich’s phrase), rather than subordinating it to “the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Again, “patriotism is a good thing, but it becomes heretical and idolatrous if it comes ‘first.’”

I completely agree with Prof. Camosy, but really am completely baffled by his attempt to extract that kind of theological density out of the president’s use of “America First” as a campaign slogan.

When I asked Prof. Camosy to list some of the policy issues supported by the President that illustrated this idolatry, he answered, “It is less about this or that particular policy, but rather, as I argue in the piece, a “general orientation which makes an idol of the survival and flourishing of the nation-state.”

Allow me to summarize what kind of orientation of Trump supports that Prof. Camosy considers “plain for everyone to see.” But as I describe this, I ask the reader to consider just how Prof. Camosy actually knows this to be true: Catholics who join President Trump invoicing “America First” are turning from God and making their nation their “ultimate concern” in life. Thus, they are ex-communicated from the Church and their salvation. As I said earlier but bears repeating, Trump’s Catholic supporters are going to hell.

Prof. Camosy, however, did not follow Hillary Clinton in calling us “irredeemable,” so I suppose repentance is still a possibility. For Prof. Camosy I assume our repentance would consist in throwing our support to one of the many Democratic pro-abortion candidates lining up for 2020. In the meantime, I, along with millions of other Catholics, await the stake with mixed anticipation.

Dr. Deal W. Hudson took over Crisis Magazine in 1995, leaving in 2010 to become president of Catholic Advocate. While at Crisis, Hudson led the Catholic voter outreach for President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 and later advised the campaigns of both John McCain and Donald Trump on Catholic outreach. In 2014, he began his weekly two-hour radio show, “Church and Culture,” on the Ave Maria Radio Network, and launched in 2015. His books include “Happiness and the Limits of Satisfaction” and “Onward Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States.” To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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