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Statements made by Catholic priests on the treatment of the children at the Texas/Mexico border.

To everyone thinking the Church isn’t raising much of a stink - you’re not listening.

Background - hierarchy of the Catholic Church:

1. Pope (1)
2. Cardinals (225)
3. Priests (a lot)
Let’s start with the Pope. He’s a super progressive pope for Catholics.

He acknowledges climate change.
And the gays.

We like this pope. Pope Francis.
Pope Francis had a (what would be considered) scathing remark about the treatment of people at the border.

“Forcibly separating children from their mothers and fathers is ineffective to the goals of deterrence and safety and contrary to our Catholic values," he said.
That’s about as political as the pope will get, for reasons too complicated for this thread.

But check him out. He’s p cool @Pontifex…
Okay, so I messed up my list up there. Let’s pretend the bishops are there in between the cardinals and the priests.
I’m on a roll, and don’t feel like starting over. Just keep reading, it’ll make sense.
They’re like the Pope’s counsel. They talk about stuff. Study stuff.
The v top, top ones are at the Vatican with the Pope. Others will oversee large cities, like London, Chicago, etc.
The cardinals, overall, are pretty quiet. They come onto the scene when we need a new pope, and they decide that in a unanimous vote....however long that takes.

Moving on!
The bishops oversee their own diocese, usually comprising several parishes/churches. There are 5,100 bishops.
291 of them are in the US.

Every year, the US bishops get together for a meeting. Their “Spring Assembly.”
300 bishops released a combined statement harshly criticizing the practices at the border.

"We have to make America great, as our president says, but we're not going to make America great by making America mean.”…
Further statements included telling their parishioners of these practices, because they can do something about it.

There vehement in their statements, passionate about this wrongdoing. They will preach, and implore, and beg their parishes to do something.

Bishops ftw.
And so they did.

A statement released by the Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, @bishophying.
Even the priests spoke up, who have the smallest oversee of all - a single church.

A statement-flyer handed out near a church in Chicago.
All of the ranks of the Catholic Church that speak out, did. They are on our side.

The core of Catholic teaching of what we are to do as mortals - is to take care of each other.
It does not matter who they are.
It will never matter who they are.
Thank for reading, and please. Take care.

Sources: Google and 22 years of catholic education.

Edit: I just gave one example of each. Don’t think those are the *only* examples. Threads can only be so long. ✌🏼

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