- Jan 28, 2020
Christianity was born amid serious church/state conflict, and bishops have already set the precedent that sometimes one has to choose the Gospel over civil law. Such a time may be looming again, if Catholic churches are forced to stand up to mass deportations by offering immigrants sanctuary.
Catholic leaders on the front lines of working with immigrants and refugees are expressing alarm over recent memoranda from the Department of Homeland Security that appear to set the stage for widespread deportations, calling the policy neither humane nor just.
Did President Donald Trump commit an act of heresy when he pledged “America first” in his inaugural address? Only if he meant that in a metaphysical, not a political, context, and given the setting and the man, it’s entirely clear it was the latter.
Although there’s a long history of politicians playing fast and loose with the truth, Trump’s team seems to have raised it to a new level, reflecting a culture that’s almost given up on the idea of truth. In the teeth of it, Catholics should resist on all fronts and act as apostles of dialogue.
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.”