A colleague sent me Cardinal Joseph Tobin’s statement of Jan. 27th regarding recent Executive Actions–a few lines of which I’ll share here:
This nation has a long and rich history of welcoming those who have sought refuge because of oppression or fear of death. The Acadians, French, Irish, Germans, Italians, Poles, Hungarians, Jews and Vietnamese are just a few of the many groups over the past 260 years whom we have welcomed and helped to find a better, safer life for themselves and their children in America.
Even when such groups were met by irrational fear, prejudice and persecution, the signature benevolence of the United States of American eventually triumphed.
That confident kindness is what has made, and will continue to make, America great.
His full statement can be found here, with the Archdiocese of Newark: Cardinal Joseph Tobin Statement
As we heard in our first weekend this past weekend from the prophet Zephaniah:
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth,
who have observed his law;
seek justice, seek humility;
perhaps you may be sheltered…. (Zephaniah 2:3)