- Jan 28, 2020
Africa is left alone facing the worse economic and social crisis in its recent history and an ensuing diaspora of migrants, leaving the continent to reach Europe and the United States. African Church leaders weigh in on Donald Trump, the migrant crisis and the dangers of Islamic terrorism.
President Donald Trump’s new executive order that imposes a 90-day ban on issuing visas to people from six predominantly Muslim nations had mixed reactions among Catholic and other religious groups. While some questioned the wisdom of such a move others vowed to oppose it outright.
On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, dropping Iraq from January’s previous order. It also reinstates a temporary blanket ban on all refugees.
In a recent column, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln joined the choir of bishops opposing Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies. Conley wrote that restricting immigration policies would do “very little to resolve the immigration problems in our country.”
A new Pew poll finds that almost two-thirds of American Catholics disapprove of Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees. However, that result masks sharp ethnic divides in terms of Catholic attitudes, with only 14 percent of Catholic Hispanics and other racial minorities supporting it while white Catholics are evenly divided.
Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana said the church has whispered at times when “the church should have spoken boldly.” The conference in Modesto, CA opened without some who had planned to attend but changed their minds due to fear of the new climate in the U.S.