. . . in some ways, the U.S. bishops are stuck in the middle. Many, if not most, of their white parishioners voted for Trump and his anti-immigrant platform, while Pope Francis has stood for the opposite when it comes to immigration issues. The pope even questioned the president's Christian bona fides over Trump's insistence on a border wall.
While they stand together, bishops retain their individuality. They differ on strategies, approaches and how much of a priority they put on the issue of immigration.
“Through Many, One: Overcoming Polarization Through Catholic Social Thought,” will take place June 4-6 at Georgetown University and is a project of the university’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life in response to what its organizers have described as “the harmful divisions within our Church.”
To answer God’s call to holiness, Christians must care for the poor, the sick and the immigrant just as they care for preventing abortion, Pope Francis wrote in his latest major guidance to the Catholic Church, published Monday. The report in the Washington Post. READ it HERE.
The president’s request “to deploy the National Guard to the border is morally irresponsible and dangerously ineffective,” reads a statement from the Hope Border Institute signed by Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso. “It is a hurtful attack on migrants, our welcoming border culture, and our shared values as Americans.”
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Pope Francis has written an apostolic exhortation on “the call to holiness in the contemporary world” which will be published next Monday, April 9, the Vatican announced today.
“Gaudete et Exsultate” is the Latin title of the text, which translated into English means “Rejoice and Be Glad.” The words are taken from the Gospel of Matthew (5:12) at the end of the discourse on the Beatitudes.
The Second Vatican Council devoted the whole of chapter 5 of its dogmatic constitution on the Church, “Lumen Gentium” to “the universal call to holiness,” in other words, that everyone is called to be holy, to live a holy life and be a saint.
LINK to the story in America HERE
On March 24, 1980, just weeks after he sent a letter to U.S. President Jimmy Carter asking him to withhold aid to El Salvador's military, and a day after he gave a homily, broadcast on the radio, begging soldiers to disobey immoral orders, Archbishop Romero was shot and killed while saying Mass. CLICK HERE to see the series of articles published by NCR.
Read the story HERE in AMERICA MAGAZINE
“It is a sad day for our country when we trade the majestic, hope-filled symbolism of the Statue of Liberty for an ineffective and grotesque wall which both displays and inflames the ethnic and cultural divisions that have long been the underside of our national history. Our faith is in the God who is the Father of us all, and who urges us to see Jesus himself in the immigrants and refugees who seek safety and freedom.”
— Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is a keynote speaker at the AUSCP Assembly in Albuquerque, June 25-28.
Father Bernie Survil, a founding member of the AUSCP, was among the persons arrested in an act of civil disobedience, February 27, in Washington, D.C. Bernie was wearing an AUSCP tee shirt. The director of Catholic organizing at PICO was also arrested, as was Jesuit Father Tom Reese. Here's an early report from America Magazine. READ it here.