- Mar 2, 2021
Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, stated, “The revised order … still leaves many innocent lives at risk,” he said in the statement, and added that the bishops and the church “believe in assisting all those who are vulnerable and fleeing persecution, regardless of their religion.”
Pope Francis wants to be in relationship with world leaders, whomever they are, and whatever their views, so that when the opportunity to work together arises, the bond is there. That doesn’t mean he won’t have an agenda when he meets President Donald Trump on May 24. He is conscious that Trump, by virtue of his office, holds the well-being of millions of people in his hands.
The bishops in the United States say the new American Health Care Act falls short of those obligations imposed on us by Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, because it contains proposals that would be disproportionately harmful to the poor and to immigrants. We have a choice: Take the words of Jesus seriously, or accept what is convenient to us in Christ’s message while rejecting Christ himself.
Every president since Eisenhower has issued a proclamation declaring “Loyalty Day.” So why are people so upset that President Donald Trump has issued his own proclamation? Maybe it is because Americans are finding it increasingly impossible to talk about politics in a civil manner, and Trump, more than anyone else, represents this fact.
With the election of Donald Trump as president and a Republican congress threatening to privatize social services or do away with them, the U.S. bishops may be changing their list of priorities from moral issues such as abortion back to social issues like economic justice and immigration.