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Texas bishop: Trump’s executive order on refugees is ‘draconian’

February 17, 2017

In a letter read recently at all Sunday Masses in the Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop Michael Olson criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees.

The prelate said that the executive order “offers draconian measures … The substance and tenor of this order and its promulgation foster fear of outsiders and tempt us to sin by religious bigotry and by omission of our Christian obligation to welcome the stranger.”


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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Feb. 20, 2017 3:52 AM ET USA

    " is terrible to live with terrorism... Obviously, in the era of terrorism, people are concerned about who is entering their country and that is understandable..." Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil, Iraq. (For the complete interview with Archbishop Warda on the website, Google "Iraq prelate backs preference for minority refugees fleeing genocide")

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Feb. 18, 2017 6:20 PM ET USA

    Two thoughts. 1- Draco's codification of the laws of Athens prescribed death for most offenses. President Trump did not order capital punishment for anything. 2- If a member or members of ISIS should get into this country under the guise of a refugee from one of the countries whose nationals the President wants scrutinized, and carries out an attack here, the headlines will not say, "Bishop Olson of Fort Worth Fails to Protect America."

  • Posted by: space15796 - Feb. 18, 2017 2:42 AM ET USA

    Follow the money . . . the federally granted refugee resettlement money given to Catholic Charities and Catholic Social Services (among other Christian agencies) - look into it - it is quite lucrative for these agencies and they have almost no oversight or responsibility.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Feb. 17, 2017 8:20 PM ET USA

    Brave man,Bishop Olson. He is doing what Jesus asked his shepherds to do,lead his flock.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Feb. 17, 2017 11:16 AM ET USA

    The order is hardly draconian. It has to do with protecting the US from terrorists from countries who sponsor and harbor terrorists. There is reason to fear given the atrocities of radical Islam. The bishops have to get their heads out of the sand and recognize that the common good involves the safety of a countries citizens. There is no religious bigotry in the order. Time to get real bishops!!