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SD Bishop Speaks Out on Trump Executive Orders

SAN DIEGO – Bishop Robert McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, issued a statement this afternoon critical of a controversial executive order signed by President Trump restricting the flow of travelers and refugees into the United States, as well as creating a new religious test for entry.

“For the Catholic community, the Gospel mandate to ‘welcome the stranger’ is a searing responsibility, not only in our personal lives, but also in guiding our efforts to create a just society in a world filled with suffering and turmoil.

“For this reason, the historic identity of the United States as a safe haven for refugees fleeing war and persecution is for American Catholics both a source of justifiable pride and an unswerving religious commitment, even as we recognize that at shameful moments in our national history prejudice, fear and ignorance have led our country to abandon that identity.

“This week is just such a shameful moment of abandonment for the United States.

“The executive order signed by President Trump on Friday professes to be a necessary step in securing the safety of Americans. But the design of the order–and its chaotic implementation–unmask the reality that this Presidential order arose not from a careful effort to balance the needs of security with our commitment to welcome refugees amidst the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Rather, this executive order is the introduction into law of campaign sloganeering rooted in xenophobia and religious prejudice. Its devastating consequences are already apparent for those suffering most in our world, for our standing among nations, and for the imperative of rebuilding unity within our country rather than tearing us further apart.

“This week the Statue of Liberty lowered its torch in a presidential action which repudiates our national heritage and ignores the reality that Our Lord and the Holy Family were themselves Middle Eastern refugees fleeing government oppression. We cannot and will not stand silent.”

The Diocese of San Diego runs the length of California’s border with Mexico and serves more than 1.3 million Catholics in San Diego and Imperial Counties. It includes 98 parishes, 89 elementary and secondary schools, and various social service and family support organizations throughout the region. It also includes five historic sites, the most well known of which is the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, the first mission established in California by St. Junipero Serra in 1769.

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7 Responses to “SD Bishop Speaks Out on Trump Executive Orders”
  1. Charles Marta reilly says:

    Thank you Bishop for your leadership and for representing us and our values better than the president and his cronies.

  2. Felice Gardner says:

    Thank you Bishop McElroy for leading us in speaking out.

  3. Gloria Ryan says:

    Thank heavens you di NOT stand silent! You have articulated the convictions of many of us. Thank you.

  4. James Smith says:

    I think the bishop has not read the order. I have read all of it.

  5. Kathy Cazin says:

    Yesterdays readings was perfect from Jesus. Mark 7:14-23.

  6. Paul Zenner says:

    I look at at asylum and immigration as two separate issues.

    Asylum – Where we, the USA, have deposed leaders resulting in chaos (e.g. Viet Nam, Iraq and Libya), I believe we have an obligation to provide a conditional stay to those endangered by our actions. This should be based on either a complete assimilation agreement or a defined period after which they return from whence they came. Any breach of US law should result in immediate deportation regardless.

    When I hear we are going to put boots on the ground in Syria, I winch and wonder what is the exit strategy to a war now running on for 5,000 documented years?

    Then there is the immigration issue. The following very short video gives a visual depiction and supportive statistics concluding why the answer is not “fixing our immigration system”.

    https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-mozilla-002&hsimp=yhs-002&hspart=mozilla&p=marbles+of+immigration#id=1&vid=81c11348c8ef79d6925adcc9f038fc87&action=click\

    Bottom line is “Work with the laws we have and take control of where $19B in non military, U.S. foreign aide ends up.

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