Barrett, a federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been reported to lead the president’s short list, and was also a contender for Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination in 2018, before the president nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Experts in civil and canon law explain why Catholic clerics do not endorse political candidates, and why that issue touches on the religious liberty of the Church.
The president added 20 names to his working list of potential nominees for the Supreme Court, including three GOP senators, while Joe Biden, who has pledged to name a Black woman, has yet to release his top picks.
The “Catholics for Biden” co-chairs, include 2016 vice-presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine D, Va., California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and several members of Congress.
The effort comes as both the Biden and Trump presidential campaigns court Catholic voters, both campaigns have made efforts to suggest they represent a commitment to Catholic social teaching.
While the policy previously covered around $600 million in USAID family planning assistance, President Trump directed the State Department to expand it to cover “global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies” to the extent allowed by the law.
Experts weigh in on what Catholics might expect from a Biden-Harris administration on the issue of life.
Patrick Carolan, Catholic outreach director for the group Vote Common Good, said Catholics should heed the advice of Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, that “a person’s character is what’s as important as any of these issues when considering who to vote for.”