January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order that,
among other things: suspends issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to
nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days; indefinitely
suspends resettlement of refugees from Syria, which is also predominantly
Muslim, subject to a possible exception for those who are "religious minorities"
in their home countries and facing religious persecution; and suspends virtually
the entire U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days, also subject to a possible exception for such "religious
Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield and Chairman of the USCCB
Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Most Reverend William E.
Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for
Religious Liberty, and Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, Bishop of Las Cruces and
Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, jointly
issued the following statement in response to this action:
recognize that Friday evening's Executive Order has generated fear and untold
anxiety among refugees, immigrants, and others throughout the faith community in
the United States. In response to the Order, 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 Yazidis, Shia Muslims in
majority Sunni areas, and vice versa. While we also recognize that the United
States government has a duty to protect the security of its people, we must
nevertheless employ means that respect both religious liberty for all, and the
urgency of protecting the lives of those who desperately flee violence and
persecution. It is our conviction as followers of the Lord Jesus that welcoming
the stranger and protecting the vulnerable lie at the core of the Christian
life. And so, to our Muslim brothers and sisters and all people of faith, we
stand with you and welcome you.
Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, Archbishop William E. Lori, Bishop Oscar Cantú.
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Liberty, Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Committee on
International Justice and Peace, Muslim community, executive order, refugee
resettlement, Syria, religious minorities, religious liberty.
Oscar Cantú, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on
International Justice and Peace, today urged Congress to reject a Congressional
Review Act (CRA) (Senate: SJR 9; House: HJR 41) that would repeal rules designed
to institute greater transparency and accountability in the payments that oil
and mining companies make to foreign governments.
Securities and Exchange Commission established these rules to implement the
Cardin-Lugar Anti-Corruption Rule, also known as "Section 1504" or the "Publish
What You Pay" provision. The goal of the provision is to reduce corruption in
poor yet resource rich countries. Research shows that countries receiving 50%
or more of government revenue from oil or mineral companies tend to have higher
rates of corruption which undermine democratic institutions, good governance,
and fair elections while allowing repressive governments to remain in power. In
such cases, a country's natural wealth can become more of a curse than a blessing.
has issued the following statement in response to Senate Resolution SJR 9 and
House H.J. Resolution 41.
I renew our strong support for greater transparency and
comprehensive reporting in revenue payments.
As my predecessor as Chairman, Bishop Howard Hubbard wrote,
'Transparency in extractive industry payments to governments is important to us
as leaders of the Catholic community of faith and institutions that are
investors and consumers. We believe these principles, policies, and rules can
help protect the lives, dignity and rights of some of the poorest and most
vulnerable people on earth. The rules have moral and human consequences as well
as economic and political impact.'
Therefore, I urge all members of Congress to reject the CRA (SJR 9; HJR
41) and instead protect the life and human dignity of all people from suffering
the "resource curse."
Bishop Oscar Cantú, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Committee of
International Justice and Peace, U.S. Congress, Congressional Review Act (CRA),
repeal, Securities and Exchange Commission, Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption rule,
extractive industries, corruption, common good, transparency.
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WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez
of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint
statement regarding the recent executive order on the new refugee policy
announced by President Trump this past Friday. President Trump's executive
order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120
days. The order also indefinitely stops the admission of Syrian refugees
and for 90 days, bars individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
joint statement as follows:
Over the past several days, many brother
bishops have spoken out in defense of God's people. We are grateful for their
witness. Now, we call upon all the
Catholic faithful to join us as we unite our voices with all who speak in
defense of human dignity.
The bond between Christians and Muslims is
founded on the unbreakable strength of charity and justice. The Second Vatican Council in Nostra Aetate urged us to sincerely work
toward a mutual understanding that would "promote together for the benefit of
all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom." The
Church will not waiver in her defense of our sisters and brothers of all faiths
who suffer at the hands of merciless persecutors.
The refugees fleeing from ISIS and other
extremists are sacrificing all they have in the name of peace and freedom. Often, they could be spared if only they
surrendered to the violent vision of their tormentors. They stand firm in their faith. Many are families, no different from yours or
mine, seeking safety and security for their children. Our nation should welcome
them as allies in a common fight against evil.
We must screen vigilantly for infiltrators who would do us harm, but we
must always be equally vigilant in our welcome of friends.
The Lord Jesus fled the tyranny of Herod,
was falsely accused and then deserted by his friends. He had nowhere to lay His
head (Lk. 9:58). Welcoming the stranger and those in flight is not one option
among many in the Christian life. It is
the very form of Christianity itself.
Our actions must remind people of Jesus. The actions of our government
must remind people of basic humanity.
Where our brothers and sisters suffer rejection and abandonment we will
lift our voice on their behalf. We will welcome them and receive them. They are
Jesus and the Church will not turn away from Him.
Our desire is not to enter the political
arena, but rather to proclaim Christ alive in the world today. In the very moment a family abandons their
home under threat of death, Jesus is present.
And He says to each of us, "whatever you did for one of these least
brothers of mine, you did for me" (MT 25:40).
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WASHINGTON—National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day
are opportunities "to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage," said the
chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
"Promoting and strengthening marriage remains a pastoral
priority of our Conference," wrote Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia,
in a letter to his brother bishops. "Marriage, both as a natural institution
and as a Christian sacrament, is an irreplaceable good for society and all
National Marriage Week USA is celebrated each year February
7-14, and World Marriage Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of February,
this year February 12.
The USCCB provides numerous resources that can be of assistance
to bishops, priests and lay leaders in promoting, strengthening and defending
the gift of marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman, including
the websites For Your Marriage, Por Tu Matrimonio, and Marriage: Unique for a Reason. Archbishop Chaput encouraged
participation in the "Call to Prayer for
Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty," an
invitation to prayer and sacrifice for the protection of life, marriage, and
religious liberty in the country. His letter and additional
resources, including a homily resource and bulletin insert, are available online:
A daily virtual marriage retreat for National Marriage Week
is also available through Facebook: www.facebook.com/foryourmarriage.
This year's retreat draws from both Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (2015) and the USCCB
pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life
in the Divine Plan (2009).
The celebration of National Marriage Week in the U.S. began
in 2002, originating from Marriage Week International. World Marriage Day, held
the second Sunday of February each year, was started in 1983 by Worldwide
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marriage, family, USCCB, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, For Your
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