Letter To President Trump
February 13, 2017
For Immediate Release
With a letter to President Donald J. Trump, the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests is adding its voice to national concerns about immigration, refugee status, health care, climate change and other issues.
Father Bernard R. “Bob” Bonnot, chairman of the AUSCP Leadership Team, has written to President Trump in support of statements made in January by eight Catholic groups and by the Catholic Theological Society of America.
In the letter to President Trump, dated February 3, Bonnot said the priests’ group “supports and endorses without reservation” a letter sent January 26 urging a comprehensive pro-life approach regarding six areas of concern: Global Conflict and Violence, Immigration, Climate Change, Health Care and Social Services, Refugee Crisis and Criminal Justice.
By means of this letter, the AUSCP adds the voices of 1,200 Catholic priests to that statement made by the Catholic Mobilizing Network, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Ignatian Solidarity Network, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, National Council of Catholic Women, Catholic Climate Covenant, and The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach.
The text of the letter, prepared prior to the annual March for Life, is found at the following site: http://catholicsmobilizing.org/11659/press-release-catholic-leaders-send-joint-letter-president-trump-calling-respect-life/
The priests’ group also supports the Statement of the Catholic Theological Society of America on Refugees and Migration issued January 31. In part the CTSA made the following declaration:
We recognize that people of every country have special duties to their fellow citizens and must regulate their borders to insure the safety of their people. National borders, however, never set absolute limits to our moral duties to other human beings, especially when they are in great danger. Both our faith as Christians and our recognition of the common humanity of all people call us to resist any suggestion that only fellow citizens count. When the need of those in other countries is great, and when we have the capacity to assist, obligation reaches across national boundaries and we have a moral duty to assist those in especially great danger or need.
The full text of the CTSA Statement is available at the following site: http://s3.amazonaws.com/berkley-center/170131CatholicTheologicalSocietyAmericaBoardDirectorsStatementRefugeesMigration.pdf
For more information or comment from the priests’ association, contact Father Bernard “Bob” Bonnot, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (330) 397-1257.
Or contact Sister Jacquelyn Doepker, executive secretary, AUSCP, email@example.com, (872) 205-5862, 200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, Ohio 44883.
The text of the AUSCP letter is provided, below.
February 3, 2017
President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Trump:
The AUSCP Leadership Team, representing nearly 1200 Catholic priests across the United States, supports and endorses without reservation:
· the letter sent to you on January 26, 2017 by eight Catholic groups (Catholic Mobilizing Network, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Ignatian Solidarity Network, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, National Council of Catholic Women, Catholic Climate Covenant, and The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach),urging a comprehensive pro-life approach regarding six areas of concern:
o Global Conflict & Violence
o Climate Change
o Health Care & Social Services
o Refugee Crises
o Criminal Justice;
· the Statement of the Catholic Theological Society of America on Refugees and Migration issued on January 31, 2017.
The AUSCP stands behind the principles and sentiments which these respected and highly qualified groups express eloquently and in detail.
We urge you, Mr. President, with your Administration, to take to heart their assertions and to implement their recommendations in your service to life, to our national well-being, and to peace in our world.
On behalf of the Leadership Team and our Members,
Rev. Bernard R. (Bob) Bonnot, Chair
Chair, Leadership Team, AUSCP