Many of us breathed a sigh of relief when the last election ended. We have come through long months wishing, as our bishops have written, “In public life, it is important to practice the virtues of charity and justice that are at the core of our Tradition.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl named the problem five years ago, “Increasingly, there is a tendency to disparage the name and reputation, the character and life, of a person because he or she holds a different position.” The Cardinal enumerated some repeated defaming words: hate mongers, traitors, unpatriotic, anti- Catholic bigots, racists, and homophobic. These words, he wrote, “speak more about political posturing than about reasoned discourse...”

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