A growing list of bishops respond to the family separation crisis

Also see previous coverage, including statements from the Rt Revd Thomas E Breidenthal (Southern Ohio) and the Rt Revd Don Johnson (West Tennessee) here;

The Rt Revd David Rice (San Joaquin) here;

The Rt Revd Mark Hollingsworth, Jr (Ohio) writes here. “As Christians, we believe that all children are God’s own. … We may or may not have an immigration crisis; that is up for debate. But we clearly have a moral crisis. We can hold immigrant parents accountable for their actions in bringing their children to our land, whatever their reasons and legality. But we must equally hold ourselves accountable for how we treat them when they arrive here.”

The Rt Revd Nicholas Knisely (Rhode Island) writes here. “The Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from their asylum-seeking parents is morally wrong, not in keeping with the teachings of Christianity or other world religions, and should stop.”

The Rt Revd C Andy Doyle (Texas) writes here. “Families are the bedrock of American society and our government has the discretion to ensure that young children are not separated from their mothers and fathers and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Separating babies from their mothers is not only unconscionable, it is immoral.”

The Rt Revd William H Stokes (New Jersey) writes here. “The rationale given by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who cited Romans 13 saying, ‘I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,’ and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who echoed this, stating, ‘It is very biblical to enforce the law,’ is an abuse of sacred Scripture, and violates the fundamental interpretive principle of all Scripture and of the Christian faith: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength and Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).”

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