Oakland, California, bishop issues statement on Trump’s orders on refugees and immigrants

Oakland, California, bishop issues statement on Trump’s orders on refugees and immigrants

Bishop Michael Barber: “Christ and His teachings must come before our favorite political party”

[Does that include the Democratic Party, for which CalChurch has “carried much water”?]

FEBRUARY 6, 2017 BY CAL-CATHOLIC ADMIN

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, has issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive orders on immigrants and refugees and responses to those orders:

With all the rancor and division circulating in the media recently, I think it is good to remind ourselves who we are as Catholics and Christians.
We are Christ-centered, not politician-centered.

Christ and His teachings must come before our favorite political party, not the other way around.

Therefore, as a Catholic, I am grateful for the support given by the new U.S. President to Life and protecting children in the womb. There have been 58 million abortions in our country since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973. That was a sad day for America.

As a Catholic, and a disciple of Jesus Christ, I also believe that the decision to build a wall between Mexico and the USA is very disturbing. Every country has a right to protect its borders. But Communists build walls, not Americans. Remember President Reagan’s words to President Gorbachev at the Berlin Wall in 1987.

ADDENDUM (by AQ moderator Tom): His Excellency should not forget some other of President Reagan’s words to President Gorbachev which he used on more than one occasion:

U.S. President Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, “Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed. They are armed because they mistrust each other.” To transcend this quagmire, Reagan employed the strategy “Trust, but Verify,” one of his signature phrases, during the second half of the Cold War. Presenting this maxim as a translation of a Russian proverb, Reagan predominantly used it when describing U.S.-Soviet relations. In December 1987, for example, the two countries signed the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty), which set forth the destruction of all land-based nuclear missiles with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles, a permanent halt in the production of such missiles, and—crucially for Reagan—mutual inspection rights. When he announced at the subsequent press conference in Washington that the spirit of the agreement was in keeping with his aforementioned motto, his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev only replied with amusement, “You repeat that at every meeting.” – Martin Klimke

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