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President of US bishops’ conference pledges to work with Trump administration

November 09, 2016

The US bishops will be “eager to work closely with President Trump, as well as both houses of Congress, as we seek to really promote the good of all,” the president of the US bishops’ conference told Vatican Radio in a November 9 interview.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville issued a statement congratulating Trump “and everyone elected yesterday.” He offered prayers that public leaders will “rise to the responsibilities entrusted to them with grace and courage.”

Archbishop Kurtz said that the US hierarchy will remain committed to welcoming migrants and refugees, calling attention to the persecution of Christians abroad, and protecting religious liberty and “the truth about man and woman, and the unique bond of marriage that they can form.” In a comment on the economic concerns that apparently motivated millions of voters, he said:

Yesterday, millions of Americans who are struggling to find economic opportunity for their families voted to be heard. Our response should be simple: we hear you. The responsibility to help strengthen families belongs to each of us.


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  • Posted by: space15796 - Nov. 10, 2016 3:38 AM ET USA

    Committed to welcoming migrants and refugees, almost none of whom are Christians. Christians need not apply for sanctuary here. A great big stipend in the form of government handouts goes along with your "welcoming", but I am sure that has nothing at all to do with it!

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 10, 2016 2:49 AM ET USA

    A fine statement of hope, commitment, and outreach. Trump needs to take advantage of this opportunity, but he must also avail himself of the advice of Catholics whose public concern is not foremost political. How many prelates have publicly stood up to political correctness since the death of Archbishop Sheen? Although more of these seem to be emerging in recent years, how many names truly stand out? A dozen? Bishops such as Chaput, Burke, Barron, and others who make the headlines less often.

  • Posted by: FredC - Nov. 09, 2016 8:01 PM ET USA

    Only a few bishops had the courage to announce that voting for a strong supporter of abortion was voting for a seriously moral evil. If done with sufficient reflection and full consent of the will, it was a mortal sin. Almost all bishops and the USCCB chose to sit on the sidelines as if the vote had no moral implications. Now the USCCB enters the race, after it is over and the risks removed.