Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Catholic Herald: US bishops say Trump’s refugee ban raises deep concerns over religious freedom

Catholic Herald: US bishops say Trump’s refugee ban raises deep concerns over religious freedom


The chairmen of three US bishops’ committees have expressed solidarity with the Muslim community and voiced their deep concern over religious freedom issues which will result from President Donald Trump’s refugee ban.

Trump’s executive memorandum of January 27 “has generated fear and untold anxiety among refugees, immigrants and others throughout the faith community in the United States,” said the committee chairmen in a joint statement. “In response … we join with other faith leaders to stand in solidarity again with those affected by this order, especially our Muslim sisters and brothers.”

“We also express our firm resolution that the order’s stated preference for ‘religious minorities’ should be applied to protect not only Christians where they are a minority, but all religious minorities who suffer persecution, which includes Yezidis, Shia Muslims in majority Sunni areas, and vice versa,” said the statement from by Bishop Mitchell T Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts, Archbishop William E Lori of Baltimore and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

I wish Catholic clergy would be a bit more careful about referring to Muslims as 'brothers and sisters,' which seems theologically misleading. Otherwise I applaud the strong stance of the US bishops.

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