Some of the U.S.’s most important Catholic leaders are condemning Trump’s travel ban

Source: The Washington Post

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

President Trump, who won the majority of Catholic votes, is facing fierce opposition from Catholic bishops and nonprofit leaders who are issuing strongly worded statements condemning his executive order on refugees.

“We believe in assisting all those who are vulnerable and fleeing persecution, regardless of their religion,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, in a statement on behalf of the  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after the order was issued Friday.

Trump’s actions have startled many Catholic leaders, said John Carr, a longtime policy director for the bishops’ group.

“It’s so stunning, the scale of it, the immediacy of it, the bluntness of it,” said Carr, who is now director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. “This will remind people there were times when people who were Catholic were not welcome because of where they came from and what they believed.”

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