Bishop criticizes priests who attended Trump rally as VIPs

HELENA (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop says four Montana priests who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Great Falls as VIPs last week should not have been wearing their clerical garb.

The four priests could be seen in the audience Thursday applauding as the president joked about the #MeToo movement against sexual assault, called Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts “Pocahontas” and questioned former President George H.W. Bush’s use of the phrase “Thousand Points of Light” to promote volunteerism.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports that Great Falls-Billings diocese Bishop Michael Warfel says the priests are free to support political candidates but they should not have been in their clerical garb or seated in such a prominent location.

Two of the priests are from Warfel’s diocese. The two others are from the Helena diocese, which serves western Montana.