Donald Trump responding to Pope Francis's suggestion that Trump is not a Christian:
“No leader, especially a religious leader, has the right to question another man’s religion or faith.” Trump further characterized the pope's comments as "disgraceful."
Trump, speaking about Mitt Romney's faith after Romney voted to convict him in the Senate impeachment trial:
“And then you have some that used religion as a crutch. They never used it before. An article written today — never heard him use it before but today, you know, it’s one of those things. But, you know, it’s a failed presidential candidate so things can happen when you fail so badly when you’re running for president.”
Lou Holtz's characterization of Joe Biden during his speech to the GOP Convention last night:
"Catholic in name only."
Here I must mention that Holtz, who is famously Catholic, doesn't seem to know the teachings of the Catholic Church. I'm not even talking about whether he can judge Biden's faith. The Catholic Church teaches that there can be no addendum to a person's baptism or revocation of their status as a Catholic. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic. Even an excommunicated Catholic is, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, as Catholic as every other Catholic. But Holtz is a cheater and a man of banal aphorisms, not a canon lawyer or a Catholic theologian.
Personally, I don't care if someone criticizes anyone else's religious beliefs or questions the sincerity of their faith. If Lou Holtz wants to criticize Biden's faith, even if he mischaracterizes Catholic teachings in doing so, have at it. If Trump wants to call Romeny's faith a crutch, fine by me. If the pope wants to declare that Trump isn't a Christian, so be it. In fact, I think that calling out religious frauds and charlatans can be necessary because charlatans, like all con artists, prey upon the gullible who suspend their judgments of the sincerity of charlatans. What I don't approve is the hypocrisy of self-righteously declaring criticism of someone's faith to be off-limits until it's politically useful to criticize someone else's faith. But hypocrite might as well be Donald Trump's middle name.