- Feb 17, 2020
The U.S. bishops are disappointed by the Obama administration’s denial of decades-old special protections for Cuban migrants to the U.S. The Wet Foot/Dry Foot policy has been repealed in order to normalize relations with Cuba and many Cubans in the U.S. risk being deported.
Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland has turned in his resignation early due to a progressive illness. The pope named Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Toledo, Ohio, as the apostolic administrator of the diocese until the installation of a new bishop.
“Punishment is just and right, but we don’t want to dehumanize people and make them worse,” Granado said. “They are created in the image and likeness of God,” said Anthony Granado, a policy advisor to the United States bishops’ conference.
Bishops across the U.S. encourage parishioners to put aside their differences and work together as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares for his inauguration. Church officials have spoken out in an effort to overcome polarization and divisiveness that prevents the country from unifying.
In response to a follow-up request from the Vatican’s Office of the Synod of Bishops, prelates in the U.S. report they are “proceeding carefully” in implementation of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis’s landmark document on the family.
Two of the US Church’s highest-ranking bishops were at the White House Friday morning, meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as a follow-up to Pope Francis’ September visit to the United States. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington and Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US