- Jul 14, 2020
A senior legislative specialist for Catholic Relief Services, the overseas humanitarian arm of the U.S. bishops, says more than 3 million refugees have been resettled in the United States since the 1970s, “so you might say that their record is quite good.”
Monsignor Dario Viganò, head of the Vatican’s new Secretariat for Communications, says that Catholic media let themselves off the hook too easily by saying we don’t have to turn a profit, because misuse of the Church’s money means “robbing the poor.”
Michael Czerny called for the world and the press to remember that the ongoing migrant and refugee crisis in the United States “is not the only one,” while commending the American church for how it’s “responding at every moment, and is united in the response.”
Makoto Fujimura, a Japanese-American artist who collaborated with Martin Scorsese on the film “Silence” about Jesuit missionaries in Japan, says the film helps us understand that “soft diplomacy” is far more effective than actual wars in changing hearts and minds.
A former Obama aide for outreach to faith groups calls on Christians to stand with the marginalized, saying, “I saw them do so time and time again during my time in the Obama Administration, and I will be standing with the faith community as we do so during the Trump Administration.”
Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil tells Crux that as long as special preferences under Trump’s new refugee order are for all victims of ISIS and not just Christians alone, it will help, and that Christians “celebrated when Trump won” in hopes it would mark an end to U.S. neglect.